Disney's Wreck-It Ralph explores the lives of video game characters

By Jeff Mattas, Aug 24, 2011 2:30pm PDT

Disney Animation teased its next film at the D23 Expo last weekend, and gamers will want to pay attention to this one. Their next project, Wreck-It Ralph, focuses on the lives of video game characters. Early information reveals that the studio has already signed some top-tier voice talent, and that the film will be packed with references to one of our favorite pastimes.

The movie's namesake, Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), is an 8-bit video game villain with building-smashing tendencies who begins to desire the adoration normally reserved for his heroic counterpart: Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). Ralph is determined to find a video game in which he can be the hero instead of the bad-guy. Futurama and Simpsons veteran Rich Moore is directing.

According to news site MCV, Wreck-It Ralph's adventure begins when he leaves his support group for bad guys to search for a starring role in a video game that will catapult him to heroic status. Amusingly, one of the support group members is a Pac-Man ghost. Disney has apparently confirmed that many popular video game IPs have been lined up to appear in the film.

Movie site FirstShowing.net describes some of the films other denizens in a bit more detail, based on the four-minute storyboard-only tease of the opening that was shown at the D23 Expo.

One of the games Ralph ventures into is "Hero's Duty", which looked very much like Halo and was described as a first-person shooter, where he meets [Sergeant] Calhoun (Jane Lynch). The other is a game called SugarRush, which is basically Candyland meets a racing game, where he meets [Vanellope] von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), an adorable young girl.

Wreck-It Ralph is expected to hit movie theaters in November of 2012.

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