Wreck-It Ralph

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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