Wreck-it Ralph featurettes get unplugged

Posted by CB Droege

Disney has released a pair of featurettes for its upcoming video game film, Wreck-it Ralph.

Wreck-it Ralph is the story of a man who doesn’t appreciate the life he’s been given, and who goes on a quest to find himself in a complex world. Also: he’s a video game villain.

The film’s marketing is gaining a lot of momentum, mostly due to the inclusion of lots of great video game memes and vocal performers that many fans already know from other favorite films and television shows.

This new featurette goes into the basic plot, shows off some new footage, and includes some interview footage with a few of the cast and crew, including John C. Rielly and Jane Lynch.

This second one focuses just on the cast, and offers some of their impressions of the film, alongside in-studio footage and words from the filmmakers about the actors, and the casting decisions. Some of it is the same stuff as the previous video, but not all.

The bad-guys support group is easily the most clever and amusing thing we've seen, but unfortunately across the promotional material, we've likely seen all the jokes from that scene already.

I'm glad that they seem to have made the Fix-it Felix character likeable and relatable. It would have been easy, and tempting, to make him out as a sneering jerk, make him the true 'bad guy', but here it seems that he's just another normal guy, just doing his job, like Ralph is.

We have this synopsis:

Ralph (Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (McBrayer), the "good guy" star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he's tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero.

On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late?

Personally, I'm looking forward to this film. I initially had low expectations, but the promotional material I've seen so far looks really clever, and makes it seem as though they treat the subject matter respectfully, which I was worried most about, and with the talent they found to voice the characters, my expectations for the film are very high.

Wreck-it Ralph hits theaters November 2nd, 2012.