‘Wreck-It Ralph’ trailer: Disney brings video game characters to big screen

Will Perkins
Wide ScreenJune 8, 2012

It's really hard being an arcade game villain -- at least, according to the first trailer for Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph." Starring John C. Reilly ("Step Brothers") as the titular video game baddie, the upcoming computer animated film looks like a love letter to old-school arcade gaming, featuring cameos from dozens of famous game characters.

Wreck-It Ralph (Reilly) is the in-game nemesis of Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer), the main character in a fictional arcade game of the same name. For 30 years, Ralph has been doing what he does best  -- you know, wrecking stuff -- in a game that looks like a cross between the classic arcade titles "Donkey Kong" and "Rampage." However, Ralph begins to tire of always being the bad guy.

Despite his hulking appearance and destructive day job, Ralph is misunderstood, and like many of his fellow arcade antagonists, he's actually a pretty nice guy if you get to know him. Fed up with his lot in life, Ralph leaves the "Fix-It Felix Jr." arcade cabinet and travels from game to game, trying to prove himself. The movie also features the voice talents of Jane Lynch ("Glee") and Sarah Silverman ("Take This Waltz").

Watch the trailer below.

It's a pretty fun concept for a movie, and one that even the most casual video game player will get a kick out of. Directed by Rich Moore ("The Simpsons," "Futurama") "Wreck-It Ralph" looks like a crazy mash-up of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "TRON," with a little bit of "Reboot" thrown in for good measure. If cameos by arcade villains Bowser, M. Bison, Kano, and the Ghosts from "Pac-Man" are any indication, Disney appears to have secured the cooperation of numerous video game companies, including Nintendo, Capcom, and Namco. Seeing all those characters and their pixelated foils interacting with one another might be worth the price of admission alone.

"Wreck-It Ralph" is due in theatres November 2.

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