Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Watch/Discuss: Disney's Wreck It Ralph gets a charming trailer, with a shocking number of licensed video game characters along for the ride.

First and foremost, I am shocked that Disney was able to get the rights to so many classic video game characters.  At the very least I see characters and/or settings from Super Mario Bros, Mario KartCuburt, Street Fighter II, House of the Dead, Halo, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat, and Pac-Man.  One only hopes that the already acknowledged difference between older arcade games and hyper-intense newer titles leads to some kind of social commentary/satire, but this looks like a wonderfully creative little cartoon no matter how deep it ends up being.  The voice casting seems solid, and it appears that Disney even went and hired the original game vocalists when possible (for example, Gerald C. Rivers reprises his work as M. Bison). Offhand, I see at least three major female characters without a token love interest in sight, so that's icing on the cake.  Anyway, this looks like exactly the sort of 'off the beaten path' animated features that Disney should be making.  Wreck It Ralph opens on November 2nd, 2012.  As always, we'll see.

Scott Mendelson

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