Kat & D
Wreck-It Ralph (2012). "Flattery don't charge these batteries, civilian."
Join us this week for "Wreck it Ralph". This week we discuss "going turbo", doodie jokes, fix-it Felix gets it in, driving lessons and why living under a monarchy is always bad. Does this movie have us going for the high score or do does it have us begging to be unplugged? Find out now.
Storyline : Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes... so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, 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, 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 realize he is good enough to become a hero before it's "Game Over" for the entire arcade?
Director: Rich Moore
Writers: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, & Jennifer Lee
Stars: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer & Jane Lynch
Awards: Nominee: Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature
Film Budget: $165,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $471,222,889
There were a few interesting musical selections from this 2012 animated film. We've included a few selections here. We especially like the bit about Ralph's massive hands.
We've Gonna Wreck these Fun Facts!
Early in production it was considered to keep all characters in their native graphic quality, essentially making Ralph look 8-bit the entire time. This was deemed too difficult for making Ralph a sympathetic, lovable character.
The DJ at Fix-it Felix's 30th anniversary party is designed after Skrillex, a real-life dubstep artist, who also wrote the music from the scene in which Ralph first goes into battle in Hero's Duty.
The Guard for the Baking Factory is Beard Papa, the mascot for a Japanese cream puff shop of the same name. While he is sleeping he is dreaming about cream puffs.
The character Ralph and his game "Fix-it Felix Jr." draw inspiration from Donkey Kong (1981). Both games are about a handy-man character climbing up and around a building structure toward the villain on top. (Mario was a carpenter in the DK games before changing to a plumber.) The villains Donkey Kong and Wreck-it Ralph are both large angry characters with wide hands that toss down objects at the hero. Additional inspiration comes from Rampage (1986), where players played as various monsters (including Werewolf Ralph) that smashed buildings with their hands and plucked characters from the building and threw them. The goal was to destroy as many buildings as possible without being killed.
Ralph, Felix, Vanellope and Calhoun all resemble their respective voice actors.
We are so glad Disney did not choose to wreck this and hide this gem on another streaming platform. Ralph can be viewed easily on Disney+
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