Saturday, 27 August 2011

Disney Pixar Swaps Processor Intensive Render Farms For Circuit Boards, Capacitors And Eproms In New Movie 'Wreck-It Ralph'

It would appear that Disney Pixar's latest eponymous anti-hero Wreck-It Ralph is set to do for classic video gaming what Woody and Buzz did for toys in their latest animated offering of the same name. Much like everyone's favourite cowboy and space ranger came to life when no one was around, the plot of the movie is set to follow video game antagonist, and Donkey Kong wannabe Ralph after the lights in the video arcade go out, and his attempts at shaking his bad guy image as he ventures into more modern video games to lend a helping hand.

If the above video is anything to go buy Disney Pixar appear to be bringing their trademark eye for detail to the project. The above Donkey Kong styled upright arcade was installed at the D23 Disney Expo 2011 and showed an unplayable attract mode only version of the fictional game to whet fans' appetites. Everything from the bevel and machine decals, the colour schemes of the cabinet, to that faithfully recreated 8-Bit Nintendo look of the graphics sings attention to detail and a genuine love of the medium. The more diligent among you may also notice the arcade manufacturer's moniker 'TobiKomi' which is Japanese for Jumpman, Mario's name in the 1981 original. 

A four minute preview of the film at D23, revealed that well known licensed video game characters, including one of the Pac-Man ghosts, will be along for the ride. Lets hope that Nintendo's strict licensing agreements can be bent to accommodate Pixar's whims, as it would be a shame to miss out on seeing the influences the film and its creators so clearly hold dear.

The film is pencilled in for a November 2012 release, until then we wish veteran Futurama and Simpsons Director Rich Moore, his cast (including John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch) and the entire Pixar team the best of luck.

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