An introduction to Disney’s newest animation: Wreck-It Ralph
Text: Joanna Goh reporting from Los Angeles
Photos: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Singapore
This is the ideal video game-centric movie balanced with beautiful animation and a touch of sentimentality.
When a 15-minute preview clip of Disney's newest animated film, Wreck-It Ralph, was screened at the recent Comic Convention this year, it generated online buzz and was given the thumbs up by movie buffs and gamers alike. The biggest talking point of this movie is perhaps, the cameo appearances made by more than over a hundred video game characters that most of us can identify with i.e. Bowser from Mario, Zangief from Street Fighters, Clyde from Pac Man, and more.
So, what's Wreck-It Ralph all about?
Picture this nine-foot tall and ogre-looking character, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), who hails from a 1980s 8-bit arcade game called 'Fix-It Felix'. Pre-assigned as neighbourhood "baddie", Ralph smashes windows and buildings in the game as part of his routine and terrorizes its residents while "good guy" Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voiced by Jack McBrayer) mends it back together. After 30 years, Ralph gets tired of playing the villain and wants to be a hero for a change. To do that, he abandons his game to embark on a solo adventure across different video game worlds, picking up a thing or two on heroism and friendship along the way.
While most animation films are developed and set in one and only one world, Wreck-It Ralph spans across four very different and vibrant worlds that are loosely called Niceland, Game Central Station, Hero's Duty and Sugar Rush. It will be a gradual transition from simplistic arcade games in the early 80s (Niceland) to more stimulating and complicated first-person shooter games (Hero's Duty) today.
"Wreck-It Ralph" - Fix It Felix, Jr. visual development. ©2012 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
At the kind invitation of the Walt Disney Pictures folks, xinmsn visited the Walt Disney Animation Studios as part of an international press junket to Los Angeles, California in July this year. We had an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the animation process, sat down for a tête à tête with director Rich Moore and his team of animators, and had an extended sneak peek to the unfinished footage.
We talk to the team of Disney animators from visual development, lighting and special effects to find out more about the different worlds. Be prepared to be surprised by the amount of intricate details and creative thought that went into the conceptualisation of these visually-pleasing animation .
Stay tuned to xinmsn for our upcoming piece on the characters of Wreck-It Ralph!
Wreck-It Ralph opens in cinemas on Dec 20.
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