This article is about the film. For the character, see Wreck-It Ralph (character).
- “The story of a regular guy just looking for a little wreck-ognition.”
Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated action comedy film created and produced at Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the 52nd animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon. It stars John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, and Mindy Kaling.
The film tells the story of an arcade game bad guy, Wreck-It Ralph, who embarks on a journey through multiple games to become a hero. Along the way, he meets a hardened military sergeant, a wicked king, and a young glitch named Vanellope von Schweetz. In the midst of his adventures, Ralph inadvertently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade world.
Wreck-It Ralph premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on October 29, 2012, and went into general release on November 2, 2012. The theatrical release was accompanied by Disney's award-winning animated short film Paperman. The film became wildly popular, becoming one of the highest-grossing features for Disney Animation at the time. Accolades include the Golden Globe, Annie Award, and Critics' Choice Award for Best Animated Feature among others, as well as a nomination from the Academy Awards (though it infamously lost to Pixar's Brave).
At night, when Litwak's Arcade closes, the various video game characters congregate in Game Central Station, through the power cables. In the game Fix-It Felix Jr., the characters celebrate the game's titular hero, but shun its villain, Wreck-It Ralph. At a support group for video game villains, Ralph reveals he doesn't want to be a bad guy anymore. Returning to his own game, Ralph finds the other characters celebrating their game's anniversary and that he has not been invited. Felix reluctantly invites Ralph to join them, but unfortunately, Gene, one of the Nicelanders who has an especially negative attitude towards Ralph, antagonizes him to the point of denouncing him as "just the bad guy who wrecks the building", and makes it clear that they won't think of him otherwise unless he wins a medal the way Felix often does to prove he's a hero. Hurt and dejected, Ralph declares that he'll go out and win one, so he can finally be treated with some respect and storms out.
While visiting Tapper in the hopes of getting information on where he can win a medal, Ralph meets Markowski, a soldier from the first-person shooter game Hero's Duty, who tells him the game's winner receives a medal. Ralph enters the game and encounters Sergeant Calhoun, its no-nonsense leader. He goes through the game session and is the one to end it. Meanwhile, Ralph's absence has not gone unnoticed, as a girl outside the game tells Mr. Litwak that Fix-It Felix Jr. is malfunctioning, he puts an out of order sign onto the game's screen. Q*bert travels to Fix-It Felix Jr., and tells him about the dark turn of events. This causes alarm for Felix, because if a game becomes broken, Litwak will have to unplug the game, leaving any characters in the game homeless. So, Felix sets out to find Ralph. After the arcade closes, Ralph climbs the game's central beacon, which happened to be filled with the eggs of Cy-Bugs (bug-like enemies) and collects the medal. However, he accidentally hatches a Cy-Bug that clings to him. During his panic to get the Cy-Bug larva off, he stumbles into a nearby escape pod that launches him out of the game.
Ralph crash-lands in Sugar Rush, a kart-racing game. As he searches for his medal, he meets Vanellope von Schweetz, a glitchy character who makes off with the medal, planning to use it to buy entry into an after-hours race. However, King Candy and the other racers refuse to let Vanellope participate, saying she's not really part of the game. The other racers pay her a visit while she is building her own cart and destroy it, disabling her from racing. Ralph witnesses this and scares the racers off. Ralph then berates her, but she insults him right back. This angers him to the point that he smashes a jawbreaker in half. Because of his amazing strength, Vanellope gets an idea. She explains to Ralph that the medal can be won back if she gets first place in a race. She then offers to make a pact that if he can help her win, she'll give Ralph the medal back. Ralph reluctantly accepts her offer. After making said pact, they head off to the cart bakery, where the racers make their carts, and they build a cart together. However, a security guard notices the unauthorized activity, and the authorities are sent out, along with King Candy. After a long chase, they give King Candy's party the slip by hiding in Diet Cola Mountain, an incomplete extra racetrack. It is discovered that this is Vanellope's home. From there, Ralph teaches Vanellope how to drive her new cart.
Back in Hero's Duty, Felix meets Sergeant Calhoun, the tetragonist of the film, who explains that the Cy-Bugs can control any game, and can then destroy everything in said game. As the two search for Ralph and the Cy-Bug in Sugar Rush, Felix explains that he is searching for Ralph, who had probably "gone Turbo". When Calhoun asked Felix about this term, he then explains that a long time ago, there was an old racing game called TurboTime starring a self-obsessed racer named Turbo. One day, a RoadBlasters arcade cabinet entered the arcade and gained more popularity than TurboTime. Out of jealousy, Turbo interrupted the game. He traveled to the other game and crashed into the main player of the new racing game. By doing so, he crashed both games, which led to both of them being unplugged. As Felix and Calhoun progress, they fix the pod Ralph was in and fly off to search for the lone Cy-Bug. Felix later falls in love with Calhoun. However, Calhoun's past comes back to haunt her when Felix refers to her as a "dynamite gal", something that her fiancé, who was murdered by a Cy-Bug on their wedding day, would call her. Distraught, she forces Felix to leave her ship. A heartbroken Felix walks to King Candy's castle and meets Sour Bill, King Candy's assistant. He locks up Felix after he realizes he should have locked up Ralph. After a long search, Calhoun soon discovers the Cy-Bug has laid hundreds of eggs underground.
Before the race, King Candy finds Ralph in the absence of Vanellope and offers Ralph his medal, which King Candy has dug into the game's code to retrieve (through the use of the "Konami Code"). The only condition was that Vanellope couldn't race. When Ralph asks why King Candy and the other racers hate her so much, he explains he really doesn't. Vanellope is a glitch, and so, this would cause her to act abnormally (such as teleporting and jumping around, sometimes through objects). If she won the race, she would become an official part of the racing roster. He goes on to explain that her glitching would give gamers the impression that the game was broken, and the game would be unplugged. While everyone else could be evacuated from the game, Vanellope could not leave, as she is a glitch. As a result, she would die along with the program. So King Candy leaves Ralph with that and exits. When Vanellope returns and gives Ralph a medal that says "You're my hero", he explains to Vanellope that she cannot race for her own good. But she notices that Ralph has the Medal of Heroes and doesn't believe him, threatening to race on her own. Ralph stops her and hangs her by her jacket on a nearby lollipop tree. He then reluctantly proceeds to destroy her kart into pieces. Vanellope tries to stop Ralph, but it was no use. She falls off, says "You really are a bad guy!" and runs away, sobbing.
Ralph goes back to Fix-It Felix Jr., and sees that the entire game is deserted, save for one lone citizen, Gene. Gene explains that the game was set to be unplugged in the morning, and that everyone has evacuated, and that he has stayed behind to enjoy one last martini. Gene did say that he will not dishonor his bets and gives Ralph the key to the penthouse since he acquired a medal as agreed. Ralph did not realize the extent of this, saying he was sick of being alone in the dump, to which Gene retorts that is over, for "now you can be alone in the penthouse". Alone, Ralph goes to the balcony and throws his medal at the screen that sits above the game. This causes the poster that previously covered the screen to unstick and partly falls off, revealing the side of the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet in front of Ralph's game. He discovers that Vanellope is on the cabinet and wonders why she is on the machine's artwork if she is a glitch. Ralph suspects something foul at play and returns to Sugar Rush.
He comes across Sour Bill and places him in his mouth as a form of torture until he confesses. Sour Bill explains that King Candy changed Vanellope's code on purpose. When Ralph asks about his motives, Sour Bill says he doesn't know why, and in fact, no one knows why. He explains it is like this because King Candy locked up all the characters' memories and says that if Vanellope crosses the finish line, the game will reset and she won't be a glitch. Upon locating Felix, Ralph begs Felix to fix the wrecked kart so Vanellope can race. He agrees to do so after discovering how hard of a life Ralph has had. After also freeing and making amends with Vanellope, they start the race, and as the race proceeds, the hatched Cy-Bugs attack Sugar Rush. Felix, Calhoun, and Ralph then battle them. Vanellope catches up to King Candy mid-race, but Candy tries to ram Vanellope off the track. When Vanellope tries to escape, King Candy instantly gets impatient and viciously attacks her with his cane. Vanellope's glitching interferes with King Candy's code and reveals that King Candy is actually Turbo in disguise, having somehow escaped his game before it was unplugged. Turbo rams his car into Vanellope's, causing her to be dragged in front of the car while approaching a walled fork in the road. Vanellope finally takes control of her glitching to escape from Turbo, and drives away, yelling at her victory. An enraged Turbo tries to pursue, but suddenly, a Cy-Bug appears on the track and devours him alive.
The group attempts to flee the doomed game, but Vanellope cannot pass through the exit due to her status as a glitch. Calhoun says the game can't be saved because there is no beacon in the game like the beacon in Hero's Duty which attracts and kills the Cy-Bugs. Ralph, in a last-ditch effort, heads to Diet Cola Mountain, where he plans on collapsing its Mentos stalactites into the cola at the bottom, causing an eruption that would attract the bugs. While on top of the mountain, he pounds the mentos into the diet cola below from the top. However, before he can finish, Turbo, fused with the Cy-Bug that devoured him, arrives and stops him. Turbo declares that he has become "the most powerful virus in the arcade" and plans to take over all the other games using his new powers, but not before getting revenge on Ralph. Ralph and Turbo battle, but Turbo quickly overpowers Ralph, carrying him above the mountain and sadistically forcing him to watch Cy-Bugs close in on Vanellope. Ralph breaks free and dives toward the mountain, hoping his impact will start the eruption. Seeing Ralph dive towards the mountain, Vanellope, in turn, uses her glitching abilities with the goal of catching Ralph. Ralph breaks through the roof of the mountain, but before he is killed in the eruption, Vanellope catches him in Crumbelina's cart. The eruption shines a bright light, which in turn draws the Cy-Bugs to their destruction. Turbo, being more powerful than the others, is able to resist for a short time, but his Cy-Bug programming overwhelms him, and he flies into the lava as well, killing him. Because video game characters who die outside their own game are unable to ever regenerate, this means that the Cy-Bugs and Turbo die permanently.
After Turbo and the Cy-Bugs are defeated, Felix restores the finish line, and Vanellope crosses it, restoring her memory as the game's lead character, and restoring the ruins of Sugar Rush. As Ralph predicted, the gamers end up favoring her as a character, despite her glitches (her ability to teleport short distances is perceived by at least some gamers as a special power, rather than a glitch), Turbo had been destroyed forever (Sour Bill, Wynnchel and Duncan, and the Sugar Rush Racers, never again heard about him).
Felix and Ralph return to Fix-It Felix Jr. in time to show Litwak the game works, and they also give Q*bert and Co. a new opportunity to work with Ralph and crew in a "bonus level", sparing it and also giving its characters a new respect for Ralph's work as the villain. Felix later marries Calhoun, with Ralph being the best man, and a good friend, and Vanellope as the maid of honor. The film concludes with Ralph narrating both to the audience and the aforementioned support group for video game villains on how much his life has now improved, but how the best part is that he's finally made a true friend in Vanellope, and how his favorite part of the day is when the Nicelanders lift him up before tossing him off the building, when he gets to see a quick glimpse of her in her game, declaring "if that little kid likes me, how bad can I be?"
- John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph
- Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz
- Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix Jr.
- Jane Lynch as Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun
- Alan Tudyk as King Candy
- Rich Moore as Sour Bill and Zangief
- Mindy Kaling as Taffyta Muttonfudge
- Raymond S. Persi as Gene and Zombie
- Adam Carolla as Wynnchel and Horatio Sanz as Duncan
- Joe Lo Truglio as Markowski
- Ed O'Neill as Mr. Litwak
- Dennis Haysbert as General Hologram
- Edie McClurg as Mary
- Jess Harnell as Don
- Rachael Harris as Deanna
- Skylar Astin as Roy
- Stefanie Scott as Moppet Girl
- John DiMaggio as Beard Papa
- Katie Lowes as Candlehead
- Jamie Elman as Rancis Fluggerbutter
- Josie Trinidad as Jubileena Bing-Bing
- Cymbre Walk as Crumbelina DiCaramello
- Brandon Scott as Kohut
- Tim Mertens (The film's editor) as Dr. Brad Scott
- Nick Grimshaw voices Brad in the UK release.
- Phil Johnston as Surge Protector
- Martin Jarvis as Satan ("Satine")
- Kyle Hebert as Ryu
- Maurice LaMarche as Root Beer Tapper
- Reuben Langdon as Ken Masters
- Jamie Sparer Roberts as Yuni Verse
- Kevin Deters as Clyde
- Gerald C. Rivers as M. Bison
- Brian Kesinger as Cyborg
- Roger Craig Smith as Sonic the Hedgehog
- Gloyd Orangeboar (does not speak)
- Nougetsia Brumblestain (does not speak)
- Citrusella Flugpucker (does not speak)
- Ava Acres
- Isabella Acres
- Bob Bergen
- Dave Boat
- Reed Buck
- Michael Carlsen
- David Cowgill
- Jim Cummings - "Game Over" Voice
- EG Daily
- Debi Derryberry -
- Will Deters
- Terri Douglas -
- Sandy Fox -
- Eddie Frierson
- Tyler Ganus - Sugar Rush Racer
- Earl Ghaffari
- Emily Hahn - Sugar Rush Racer
- Jennifer Hale - Escape Pod Voice
- Daniel Kaz
- Dave Kohut
- Lauren MacMullan
- Mona Marshall - Nicelander
- Scott Menville
- Laraine Newman
- Paul Pape
- Cooper Reed
- Lynwood Robinson
- Trenton Rogers
- Jadon Sand
- Kath Soucie
- April Stewart
- Fred Tatasciore
- Jennifer Christine Vera
- Main article: List of cameos in Wreck-It Ralph
In addition to the spoken roles, Wreck-It Ralph contains a number of other video-game references, including characters and visual gags. At the meeting of video-game villains, the above characters include, in addition to any mentioned above: Bowser from the Mario series, Dr. Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog, and Neff from Altered Beast. Characters from Q*bert, including Q*bert, Coily, Slick, Sam, and Ugg, are shown as "homeless" characters and later taken in by Ralph and Felix into their game. Scenes in Game Central Station and Tapper's bar include Chun-Li, Cammy and Blanka from Street Fighter, Pac-Man, Blinky, Pinky, and Inky from Pac-Man, the Paperboy from Paperboy, the two paddles and the ball from Pong, Dig Dug, a Pooka, and a Fygar from Dig Dug, The Qix from Qix, and Frogger from Frogger. Additionally, Mario and Lara Croft are mentioned in dialogue.
Additional references are based on sight gags. The "Cyborg" credited in the credits is based on Kano from Mortal Kombat, and performs his famous "heartrip" fatality on a zombie. The residents of Niceland and the bartender from Tapper are animated using a jerky motion that spoofs the limited animation cycles of the sprites of many eight- and sixteen-bit arcade games. King Candy uses the Konami Code on a Nintendo Entertainment System controller to access the programming of Sugar Rush. Throughout Game Central Station is graffiti that includes "Aerith lives," (referencing the character of Aerith Gainsborough from Final Fantasy VII), "All your base are belong to us," (an Engrish phrase popularized from the game Zero Wing), "Sheng Long Was Here," (referencing an April Fool's joke around a made-up character Sheng Long from Street Fighter), and "Jenkins" (a nod to the popular Leeroy Jenkins meme from World of Warcraft). There is also a reference to the Metal Gear series when Ralph is searching for something in a box and finds the "Exclamation point" (with corresponding sound effect from the game), and a mushroom from Super Mario Bros. Mr. Litwak wears a black and white striped referee's shirt, a nod to the iconic outfit of Twin Galaxies founder Walter Day. One of the songs in the credits is an original work from Buckner and Garcia, previously famous for writing video game-themed songs in the 1980s. The Disney closing logo variation appears in a glitched state, a reference to the kill screen from many early arcade games such as Pac-Man.
The concept of Wreck-It Ralph was first developed at Disney in the late 1980s, under the working title High Score. Since then, it was redeveloped and reconsidered several times: In the late 1990s, it took on the working title Joe Jump, then in the mid-2000s as Reboot Ralph. In 2011, the project later became Wreck-It Ralph.
John Lasseter, the head of Walt Disney Animation Studios and executive producer of the film, describes Wreck-It Ralph as "an 8-bit video game bad guy who travels the length of the arcade to prove that he's a good guy". In a manner similar to Disney's 1988 film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and all three Toy Story films, Wreck-It Ralph features cameo appearances by a number of licensed video game characters. For example, one scene from the film's first theatrical trailer shows Ralph attending a support group for the arcade's various villain characters, including Clyde the orange ghost from Pac-Man, Doctor Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog and Bowser from Super Mario Bros. Rich Moore, the film's director, had determined that for a film about a video game world to feel authentic, "it had to have real characters from real games in it".
Before production, the existing characters were added to the story either in places they would make sense to appear or as cameos from a list of characters suggested by the film's creative team, without consideration if they would legally be able to use the characters. The company then sought out the copyright holders' permissions to use the characters, as well as working with these companies to assure their characters were being represented authentically. In the case of Nintendo, the writers had early on envisioned the Bad-anon meeting with Bowser as a major character within the scene; according to Moore, Nintendo was very positive towards this use, stating in Moore's own words, "If there is a group that is dedicated to helping the bad guy characters in video games then Bowser must be in that group!" Nintendo had asked that the producers try to devise a scene that would be similarly appropriate for Mario for his inclusion in the film. Despite knowing they would be able to use the character, the producers could not find an appropriate scene that would let Mario be a significant character or take away the spotlight on the main story, and opted to not include the character. Moore debunked a rumor that Mario and his brother character Luigi were not included due to Nintendo requesting too high a licensing fee, stating that the rumor grew out of a joke John C. Reilly made at Comic-Con. Dr. Wily from Mega Man was going to appear, but was cut from the final version of the film. Overall, there are about 188 individual character models in the movie as a result of these cameo inclusions.
Moore aimed to add licensed characters similarly as cultural references in Looney Tunes shorts, but considered "having the right balance so a portion of the audience didn't feel they were being neglected or talked down to". However, Moore avoided creating the movie around existing characters, feeling that "there's so much mythology and baggage attached to pre-existing titles that I feel someone would be disappointed", and considered this to be a reason why movies based on video game franchises typically fail. Instead, for Ralph, the development of new characters representative of the 8-bit video game was "almost like virgin snow", giving them the freedom to take these characters in new directions.
The film introduced Disney's new bidirectional reflectance distribution functions, with more realistic reflections on surfaces, and new virtual cinematography Camera Capture system which makes it possible to go through the scenes in real-time. To research the Sugar Rush segment of the film, the visual development group traveled to trade fair ISM Cologne, a See's Candy factory, and other manufacturing facilities. The group also brought in food photographers, to demonstrate techniques to make food appear appealing. Special effects, including from "smoke or dust", looks distinct in each of the segments.
The film was originally scheduled for a release on March 22, 2013, but it was later changed to November 2, 2012, due to it being ahead of schedule, with DreamWorks Animation SKG's The Croods taking its place. The theatrical release was accompanied by Disney's Oscar-winning, animated short film Paperman.
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Wreck-It Ralph was released on Blu-ray (2D and 3D) and DVD in North America on March 5, 2013, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. The film was made available for digital download in selected regions on February 12, 2013. Wreck-It Ralph debuted at #1 in Blu-ray and DVD sales in the United States.
Wreck-It Ralph received very positive reviews from critics. The film review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 86% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 170 reviews, with an average score of 7.5/10. The site's consensus reads: "Equally entertaining for both kids and parents old enough to catch the references, Wreck-It Ralph is a clever, colorful adventure built on familiar themes and joyful nostalgia." On Metacritic, based on 36 reviews, the film has an average of 72/100. On IMDB, the film has a 7.8/10 rating. The film earned an "A" from audiences polled by CinemaScore.
In one scene, Vanellope is seen sеduсing the King Candy. 
- This is the eighth non-musical film in the Disney animated canon, following The Black Cauldron, The Rescuers Down Under, Dinosaur, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet and Bolt, and then followed by Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
- Nintendo's Mario Bros. (Mario from Donkey Kong and Luigi from Mario Bros.) were intended to have cameo appearances in this film.
- Since the producers of the movie were unable to put Luigi into the plot, and they didn't want to make him a cameo, he was not included.
- Mario is mentioned by Felix during the party scene as being "fashionably late as usual".
- The Royal Raceway track is also the name of a racetrack in the 1997 Nintendo 64 game Mario Kart 64.
- Only this one comprises candies and sweet foods instead of just a regular landscape and Princess Peach's castle.
- The DVD/Blu-ray main menu are both the Fix-It Felix Jr. game in its attract mode.
- The high score is 110,212 — an unpunctuated short American format rendition of the movie's US release date.
- This is currently the only Disney film Toonami has done a "Paid Immersion Event" for.
- When the movie aired on Freeform they skipped some parts.
- Tapper passing out root beer.
- Some of the scenes when characters from Hero's Duty were entering the game entrance and skipped to Ralph in the armor.
- Ralph hitting the wall.
- The scene when the Cy-Bug ate Ralph's gun.
- They skipped the scenes when Felix was communicating with Q*bert leaving the scenes when everyone realized Ralph's gone turbo.
- They skipped the scenes when Ralph came out from the entrance of Sugar Rush skipping to the scene when Ralph crashes through the candy cane forest.
- They skipped some of the scenes of Ralph was telling Vanellope that his medal was precious and it's his ticket to a better life.
- They skipped some scenes of the Sugar Rush racers and skipping to the scene of Taffyta.
- The devil dogs looking for Ralph, Ralph hiding in the chocolate and Ralph trying to catch up with the racers.
- The scenes when Ralph and Vanellope were making a kart, they skipped the scenes when they have to bake and decorate the kart.
- They skipped some scenes when King Candy was chasing Ralph and Vanellope skipping to the scene of Vanellope telling Ralph to go through the wall.
- Ralph teaching Vanellope how to drive to the scene when King Candy was pacing back and forth.
- When Vanellope said she thinks she's gonna puck and Ralph saying "Who doesn't love a brat with dirty hair?"
- The first three scenes of Ralph returning to his game.
- The scene when Ralph told Sour Bill to stick around.
- When Felix imitated Ralph, made the jail bars stronger and him saying "Why Do I fix everything I touch?.
- The scene when Ralph broke Vanellope free, they skipped the scenes when Ralph said he's a numbskull and a selfish diaper baby.
- When Ralph and Vanellope were in the chocolate pond after defeating the Cy-Bugs and King Candy.
- This film's composer is Henry Jackman, who previously composed Winnie the Pooh, and later composed the 2013 DreamWorks animated film, Turbo, which features the main protagonist, Theo named himself Turbo, which is also the name of this film's main antagonist (disguised as King Candy).
- Touchstone Pictures' Who Framed Roger Rabbit had cartoon character cameos, Pixar's Toy Story had toy cameos and Wreck-It Ralph had video game character cameos. The latter also included other Disney character cameos, like Maximus (from Tangled) and Lefty and Tiny (from Meet the Robinsons).
- A homage to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet can be seen on a sign (saying "Parting is such sweet sorrow") once Ralph and Felix leave Sugar Rush towards the ending.
- This is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios feature to completely have the aspect ratio of 2.35:1 [CinemaScope]. This ratio is later used in the next film Frozen, then Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and so on.
- The last traditionally-animated Disney feature to use this format was Brother Bear (The rest of that film; The first twenty-four minutes were in 1.85:1 [Matted]).
- In Big Hero 6, a toy version of Ralph can be seen in Hiro's room on his computer desk.
- Skrillex makes a cameo in Fix-it Felix's penthouse, during the 30th-anniversary party.
- This film has a wide variety of 70 distinct settings while the usual Disney film has around 10 to 25.
- The film opens with an 8-bit Walt Disney Animation Studios logo.
- Wreck-It Ralph has 188 unique, individual characters, three times more than any other Disney film in history. Disney films normally have between 40 and 60.
- In this film, the color acid green is associated with evil.
- During production, the animators and director would watch dailies 3-5 hours per day and animators were expected to turn in about 80 frames per week.
- The animation team spent many hours visiting different locations in an attempt to provide a more realistic basis for the environments found in the movie. These locations included a visit to Cologne, Germany, where they visited a bakery, candy factories, and the World Confectionery Convention. Ideas were collected from these, which inspired the Sugar Rush, candy-themed racing game and the surrounding environment. Another trip featured a stop at the Ford manufacturing plant in Detroit, Michigan to see the entire assembly on how trucks are made, which would assist in creating a scene where a Sugar Rush character, Vanellope, builds a car.
- Wreck-It Ralph features more than 180 different characters in the movie. These consist of characters from Disney, Nintendo, and classic arcade companies such as Taito. While Disney has a total character base of around 60, most of the characters that made cameo appearance were from Nintendo's archive. These included Street Fighter characters such as M. Bison, Ryu, Ken, and Zangief. Characters from arcade companies other than Nintendo include Pac-man, Pooka, and Fygar (characters from Dig-Dug), Clyde (the orange Pac-Man ghost), Sonic, and Dr. Eggman, Bowser, Neff, Q-bert, Yuni, and plenty more.
- Disney recruited professional football players who provided the models for the muscular guys in Hero's Duty. These models imparted reference points as to how real-life soldiers would move. In addition, the team visited Edwards Air Force Base in California to provide the battleground on which the game was based.
- The production team were urged to spend many hours of playing video games on different platforms using different controllers and joysticks, which would assist in the look and feel of the in-game environments. In addition, the team also visited many of the game development HQs to get a first-hand glimpse at the process behind creating these games. The movie highlighted many of the video game rules for each of the games they were based upon and is something that is featured throughout the movie itself.
- The song "When Can I See You Again" by Owl City was featured in the Paint the Night parade at Disneyland for a 60th anniversary.
- Sugar Rush's buildings are inspired by Antoni Gaudí's architecture. Visual development artist, Lorelay Bove thought his buildings looked like candy houses when she was growing up in Spain.
- In Japan, the film is called "シュガーラッシュ" (Shugārasshu), which translates to Sugar Rush. This would make sense, seeing how a majority of the movie takes place in Sugar Rush, and the "kawaii" (Japanese for "cute") style of the game, as part of Japanese culture is cuteness.
- This is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios film to feature a mock-Disney logo, which is seen at the end of the film.
- This is also the first Walt Disney Animation Studios film to contain the 2011 “DiSNEY” text varian of the current Walt Disney Pictures logo.
- The scene where King Candy gets Vanellope's coin and brings it back to Ralph, he uses the same code that is used in the DS game version of Cars.
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