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Did You Know… Wreck it Ralph

  • Disney first began developing an animated film about the world of video game characters in the 1980s. At that time the project was called “High Score” and in the 1990s was titled “Joe Jump.” In the 2000s, when the movie was finally pushed forward, the first two months of story development focused on Fix-It Felix Jr. as the main character. 
  • The character Ralph and his game “Fix-it Felix Jr.” draw inspiration from Donkey Kong. Both games are about a handy-man character climbing up and around a building structure toward the villain on top. Both villains, Donkey Kong and Ralph, are large angry characters with wide hands that toss down objects at the hero. 
  • Early in production it was considered to keep all characters in their native graphic quality, essentially making Ralph look 8-bit the entire time. This was deemed too difficult for making Ralph a sympathetic, lovable character. 
  • Unlike most animated films, the principal actors regularly recorded audio sessions together in the same room, a situation which led to a lot of improvising. 
  • 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. 
  • Buckner & Garcia, a songwriting duo, had a very popular novelty-rock hit called “Pac-Man 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.” 
  • Sergeant Calhoun was originally envisioned as male. 
  • King Candy’s voice and character design is modeled after Ed Wynn a popular comedian and voice artist, best known as the voice of the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland and Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins. 
  • The bartender game which appears, “Tapper,” was controversial in real life. The game featured a bartender serving mugs of Budweiser beer. The game was intended for adults to play in real life bars, but eventually made it’s way into kid-friendly arcades where parents became upset at the content. Consequently, Bally Midway recreated a nearly identical version called “Root Beer Tapper,” with a soda jerk character instead of a bartender. The version in Wreck-It Ralph combines the bartender character of the original with the root beer of the later version. 
  • Fix-It Felix is depicted as a carpenter. This is actually a reference to the development of the original Donkey Kong (which inspired the movie) when Mario was also depicted as a carpenter before that was changed and Mario being depicted as a plumber. 
  • The donut-shaped police who harass Ralph in the “Sugar Rush” game are named Wynnchel and Duncan, a sly reference to two U.S. donut chains: Winchell’s Donut House and Dunkin’ Donuts. 
  • King Candy’s safe is secured with a Nintendo Entertainment System controller. The password he enters (UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, START) is a common cheat code used by game developer Konami in most of their titles, most famously in the game Contra. 
  • The ‘glitch’ shown in the Disney logo at the end is intended to look like the infamous “Pac-Man Bomb Screen”, a bug that manifests itself when reaching the 256th level in the original Pac-Man arcade game. 
  • The graffiti in Game Central Station contains many inside jokes and references to famous video games. One says “Aerith Lives,” in reference to Final Fantasy VII. Another says “All your base are belong to us,” from the infamously poor English translation of the the game Zero Wing. 

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