New Disney Movie Features 8-Bit Arcade Villain

Disney's upcoming Wreck-It-Ralph is "the story of an arcade game Bad Guy determined to prove he can be a Good Guy." Rich Moore, an animation director whose credits include The Simpsons, Futurama and The Critic, is directing. John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch are lending their vocal talents to the flick, with Reilly playing the bad guy Wreck-It Ralph.

Today, the first images of the movie made their way online. They don't look like a Disney movie.

As previously posted, here's the flick's plot: "...when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan-win a medal-but soon wrecks everything, and [accidentally] unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph's only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Silverman), a young troublemaking "glitch" from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realise he is good enough to become a hero before it's "Game Over" for the entire arcade?"

"I love the idea of a very simple 8-bit video game character struggling with the complex question: 'isn't there more to life than the role I've been assigned?'" Moore is quoted in a Disney press release from last summer. "In his quest for the answer, we journey with our hero through three visually distinct video game worlds. It's unlike anything anyone's seen before, and I'm thrilled to be to creating it here at Walt Disney Animation Studios."

Check out sister site io9's coverage from August 2011.

Les Mondes de Ralph : premières images pour le prochain Disney avec John C. Reilly [Cineheros via Edge]


    If they drop in a lot of well researched arcade references in here it could be a fun movie.
    We'll just have to wait and see though, won't we?

    I trust Rich Moore knows what he's doing. He was with the original Futurama series and the early Simpsons, and he did excellent work there. This film seems to be his magnum opus - his most defining work. It feels like he took the What If Machine episode from Futurama, took the video game segment from it, made it disney and stretched it to movie length. The design and the look of the film is very esoteric, and very different - and could be wonderful to see. I hope it lives up to it's name, and I certainly hope to hear some arcade references.

    That looks more like concept art. Expect it to become homegnised into the Disney style as time goes on.

    So do they travel through the electrical plugs? That's the only way I could see this wacky gameception work through some semi logical way.

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