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Joe Jump was a CG-animated movie that Disney once had planned about a misunderstood video game character. The title and idea later transformed into Reboot Ralph, with a scheduled 2013 release date. A press release from the studio informs us the name has changed again, this time to Wreck-It Ralph, with a Nov. 2, 2012, release date attached. John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch will all lend their voices to the comedy.
The story will follow the titular character (Reilly), a video game villain with a heart of gold and a deep desire to be recognized as a hero. He idolizes his arch-nemesis, Fix-It Felix (McBrayer). Ralph sneaks into a brand-new first-person shooter, where he meets a soldier named Sergeant Calhoun (Lynch), and plans to win a medal, but things don’t quite work out that way. Ralph ends up releasing a dangerous villain that “threatens every game in the arcade,” and the only person who can help him is Vanellope von Schweetz (Silverman), a “glitch” from a kart-racing game.
This sounds exceedingly bizarre and like it will be full of inside-baseball video game references. I like it. Especially with The Simpsons and Futurama veteran Rich Moore directing.
Moore said in a statement, “I love the idea of a very simple 8-bit video game character struggling with the complex question: ‘isn’t there more to life than the role I’ve been assigned?’ In his quest for the answer, we journey with our hero through three visually distinct video game worlds. It’s unlike anything anyone’s seen before, and I’m thrilled to be to creating it here at Walt Disney Animation Studios.”