We’ve seen superheros, we’ve seen battles of good vs. evil, we’ve seen disgruntled employees escaping their jobs — but we’ve never seen it like this. Meet Disney‘s latest creation, Wreck-It Ralph — someone who’s tired of being the bad guy. All day, every day, his job is to destroy what others create. To clarify, Ralph is a character in a video-game and, tired of being the bad guy in his own game, he leaves to explore other games and try his hand at being the hero for once.
Wreck-It Ralph: John C. Reilly
John C. Reilly will be playing the titular character. He’s done some voice work before, in Tim Burton‘s 2009 film, 9. Other roles he’s had include playing Tucker Van Dyke in 1993′s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Jim Kurring in 1999′s Magnolia, Amos Hart in 2002′s Chicago and Dale Doback in 2008′s Step Brothers.
Voicing Ralph sounds like a pretty fun role. His emotions run from anger to sadness, from excitement to fear. Judging from the trailer, Reilly’s got what it takes to make Ralph come to life.
Best known as the bratty and fun host of The Sarah Silverman Program, Silverman will be playing bratty and fun Vanellope Von Shweetz. Shweetz lives in the candy world of Sugar Rush. We only see her at the end of the trailer, but it looks like she’s going to be the lovably annoying sidekick to Ralph.
Voice work is nothing new to Silverman. She’s been on Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. We’ll be seeing a different, more innocent side of her in Wreck-It Ralph.
Sergeant Calhoun: Jane Lynch
Lynch will play he no-nonsense Sergeant in the video-game Hero’s Duty. Not much is known about her character yet, only that she’s another unlikely friend of Ralph’s and is much more accustomed to dangerous scenarios than he is. Which will come in useful because Ralph accidentally unleashes a monster during his soul-search. Details are still fuzzy on the nature of the enemy they’ll have to fight — my guess is a bad guy from one of the more violent games gets freed from his game and wreaks havoc on others.
It’s clear from her resume that Lynch is ready for anything. She’s made appearances on The X-Files and CSI as well as comedies like Reno 911, The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006). Currently she plays Sue Sylvester from the TV series Glee. She’s done voice work for Shrek: Forever After and Rio.
Reilly, Silverman and Lynch make up the main trio, but there are lots of interesting background characters. Other voice actors include:
- Jack McBrayer as Fix-it Felix
- Alan Tudyk as King Candy, ruler of Sugar Rush
- Adam Carolla and Horatio Sanz as Sugar Rush security
- Minda Kaling as Taffyta Muttonfudge, Vanellope’s nemesis
- Ed O’Neill as Mr. Litwak, arcade owner
- Stefanie Scott as Moppet Girl, a customer at the arcade
- Dennis Haysbert as General from Hero’s Duty
- Edie McClurg and Rachel Harris as extras in the Fix-It Felix game
- Roger Craig Smith as Sonic the Hedgehog
- Gerald C. Rivers as M. Bison
- Reuben Langdon as Ken from Street Fighter
- Kyle Hebert as Ryu from Street Fighter
The ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Trailer
Judging from the trailer, this movie’s going to be pretty epic. I’m loving the idea of a support group for video-game “monsters.” It has a little bit of a Toy Story feel to it, but it’s going in an entirely different direction from anything I’ve seen before. Everything from the characters to the plot seem refreshingly original. The animation’s going to be pretty interesting as well — it goes from pixelated old-school video game graphics to a first-person shooter set-up to a colorful candy-coated funland. My prediction is that Wreck-It Ralph will be a hit.
Wreck-It Ralph is directed by Rich Moore and is coming to theaters November 2nd.