Wreck-It Ralph

June 10, 2014 | 6:12 p.m.

‘Sonic the Hedgehog': Sony plans new movie for popular game character

The blue speedster is set to star in an upcoming hybrid CG-animated/live-action feature. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)
Sonic the Hedgehog is headed to the big screen. Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet announced Tuesday that the popular video game character will star in a hybrid computer-animated/live-action feature, produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Marza’s Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi. Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, alumni of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre who are also currently writing a live-action version of “The Jetsons,” will pen the script. No director has been named. Launched by SEGA (Marza’s parent company) in 1991, the Sonic franchise has sold more than 140 million games, with the irascible blue speedster also headlining multiple spinoffs, including several animated television series. The character also had a cameo in 2012’s “Wreck-It-Ralph.” Are you excited for Sonic to roll onto the big screen? Please let us know in the comment section […]
Jan. 30, 2013 | 7:10 p.m.

‘Paperman': Oscar-nominated Disney short takes a page from classics

Disney's Oscar-nominated short film 'Paperman'
If you missed it in theaters, Disney’s Oscar-nominated romance “Paperman” is now online, in time for Valentine’s Day. The animated short film screened before “Wreck-It Ralph” in theaters last fall and debuted on YouTube Tuesday, already garnering more than 26,000 “likes.” “Paperman” is about a young office worker in midcentury New York who meets his soul mate while waiting for the train. The train arrives and the girl is gone, but he gets a second chance at a meet-cute when he looks out his office window and sees her in the skyscraper across the street. Cue the paper airplanes. It’s a love story rendered in gorgeous black and white, harking back to the days of hand-drawn animation — which is exactly what first-time director John Kahrs was aiming for. When Kahrs served as animation supervisor on Disney’s “Tangled,” he worked […]
Oct. 27, 2012 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Wreck-It Ralph': Disney animators zip around in video game realms

"Wreck-It Ralph" director Rich Moore at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., on Oct. 18, 2012. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
It was when he cast Bowser, the fire-breathing turtle from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. games, that Rich Moore first grasped the magnitude of the job he was undertaking. “That was the huge one,” he said at Walt Disney Studios’ Burbank headquarters earlier this month. “That’s the moment where it felt like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m working with Olivier.’” With “Wreck-It Ralph,” an animated feature that opens Friday, Moore is attempting a feat that has stumped other directors for more than 20 years — making a video game movie that appeals both to the notoriously persnickety crowd of hard-core gamers and to mainstream family audiences. “Wreck-It Ralph” follows Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), the burly villain of an old-school, 8-bit arcade game called “Fix-It Felix,” as he attempts to break out of his bad-guy role by traveling to other games […]
Sept. 13, 2012 | 1:43 p.m.

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ trailer: Sonic, Bowser and Q*bert make cameos

Wreck-It Ralph (featured image)
A new theatrical trailer for “Wreck-It Ralph” reveals more of the film’s richly designed video game universe, as well as cameos from classic arcade characters, including Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario antagonist Bowser. The Walt Disney film, due out Nov. 2, follows Ralph (John C. Reilly), the bad guy in a fictional 8-bit arcade game called “Fix-It Felix.” Tired of being the villain and being constantly overshadowed by good-guy hero Felix (voiced by “30 Rock’s” Jack McBrayer), Ralph begins a quest across the arcade to become the hero of his own story. But his decision to defy his programming wreaks havoc in the video game world. Directed by Rich Moore (“Futurama” and “The Simpsons”), the animated movie also features the voice talents of Jane Lynch, who puts her trademark “Glee” sass to good work as Sergeant Calhoun in a shooter game […]
July 13, 2012 | 10:00 p.m.

Comic-Con: How ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ infiltrated the game industry

"Wreck-It Ralph" takes a trip through the fictional first-person shooter game "Hero's Duty." Credit: Walt Disney Pictures
Assembling the collection of classic video game characters that inhabit Walt Disney Animation Studio’s upcoming “Wreck-It Ralph” was a lot like casting a movie full of A-list actors — first you have to snare the star. “Pac-Man was the first one we got that was big, and then we were able to say to Nintendo, ‘Pac-Man’s in it, so you’ve gotta be in it,'” said “Wreck-It Ralph” director Rich Moore, in an interview at Comic-Con after he presented 10 minutes of footage with voice cast members John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman during the Disney panel. “Wreck-It Ralph” is about a video game villain who longs to be a hero — Ralph (Reilly), from a fictional 8-bit arcade game called “Fix-It Felix.” Filled with mid-life ennui, Ralph attends a support group for other disillusioned digital bad guys, including a Pac-Man […]
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