Wreck-It Ralph Review
2 November 2012
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
The DJ at Fix-it Felix’s..
..30th anniversary party is designed after Skrillex, a real life dubstep artist, who also wrote the music from the scene in which Ralph first goes into battle in Hero’s Duty.
Reference from Tangled Movie
The thug Vladimir from Tangled (2010) can be found in the game central station.
There is a piece of graffiti on the right side of the tunnel which reads “Leerooooy”, a nod to Leeroy Jenkins, a World of Warcraft (2004) player who obtained Internet fame from a video of him running head-long into battle while shouting his own name
Inspiration from Donkey Kong
The character Ralph and his game “Fix-it Felix Jr.” draw inspiration from Donkey Kong (1981). Both games are about a handy-man character climbing up and around a building structure toward the villain on top. (Mario was a carpenter in the DK games before changing to a plumber.) The villains Donkey Kong and Wreck-it Ralph are both large angry characters with wide hands that toss down objects at the hero. Additional inspiration comes from Rampage (1986), where players played as various monsters (including Werewolf Ralph) that smashed buildings with their hands and plucked characters from the building and threw them. The goal was to destroy as many buildings as possible without being killed.
Tribute to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.
The Sugar Rush racer Minty Zaki is a tribute to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, of whom John Lasseter (executive producer of the film) is a huge fan. Lasseter hosts introductions for the Disney release DVDs of a number of Miyazaki films.
Darth Vader’s Sound
When Wreck It Ralph is hiding in the chocolate pond from the Devil Dogs, the sound you hear is Darth Vader’s famous breathing sound, sped up.
“Wreck-It Ralph” won five Annie Awards..
..for Best Animated Feature, Director, Music, Voice Acting (Alan Tudyk as King Candy), and Writing in an Animated Feature Production. It is the first time an animated feature film made by Walt Disney Animation Studios has taken the top prize at these awards presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, since Mulan (1998) prevailed in the 1998 awards ceremony.
Sound from the video game Metal Gear Solid
When Ralph is looking in the lost and found for a medal, he pulls out an exclamation mark and the sound from the video game Metal Gear Solid (1998) is heard. This is the same exclamation mark and sound heard in the game when you are spotted by the enemy.
Fix-it Felix’s jump sound
..is the same used by Mario from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996).
“I wonder how many licks it would take me to get to your center.”
When Wreck-It Ralph is interrogating Sour Bill, he muses “I wonder how many licks it would take me to get to your center.” This is a reference to a 1970’s commercial that asked the question, “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?”
Character of Vanellope
Director Rich Moore was inspired to create the character of Vanellope after reading the memoir “The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee” by Sarah Silverman and eventually cast Silverman as the character.
“Wreck-It, Wreck-It Ralph.”
Jerry Buckner & Gary Garcia, a songwriting duo, had a very popular novelty-rock hit called “Pac-Man (1980) Fever,” in 1982. Though Garcia passed away in 2011, his partner Buckner wrote a new song for the Wreck-It Ralph soundtrack under the Buckner & Garcia name called “Wreck-It, Wreck-It Ralph.”
Was released 75 years..
to the day after the first ever Walt Disney animation film.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Disney’s found a lot to play with here, but you may find yourself itching to take the controls.(Click here to see)