6 Fun Facts About ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ And An Introduction To Short Film ‘Paperman’
Disney’s latest animation movie, Wreck-It-Ralph about characters from games at an arcade who come to life after hours, comes out to theaters tomorrow, November 2nd. But before you dive in this new wonderful world of arcade and its characters, there are a few things you should know.
Film Equals was in attendance at the press day for the film and found out 6 fun facts from the voice cast behind the characters, including John C. Reilly (Ralph), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope), Jane Lynch (Calhoun) and the people behind the scenes. And we also give you an introduction to the short film Paperman which will screen in front of Wreck-It-Ralph.
On Their Reaction To Their Character
When asked about her character, Vanellope, Sarah Silverman explained that she would go “awww” 40% of the time.
Jane Lynch shared that during the premiere screening she said about her character, “I look so good.” She then added, “Obviously they replicated my own figure.”
As for John C. Reilly he explained that he liked Ralph because he could relate to his midlife crisis, which was something he was going through himself.
On Coming Up With The Character’s Voice
Sarah Silverman explained that within a minute or two they found Penelope’s voice. She’s scrappy, Silverman added what she describes as a “permanent cold” to her voice.
On The Most Surprising Part Of This Experience
When asked about the most surprising part of being in the movie, John C. Reilly shared that it was kids recognizing him just by his voice. He continued that even little kids would have the trailer memorized and quote him lines and ask him to “say it like you do in the movie.”
For Jane Lynch, it was seeing the movie. She explained that it was so beautiful visually, but the message is also so good and powerful. She didn’t expect to be shedding tears at the end of the movie, but she was.
Animating Felix Jr.
When you watch the movie you’ll notice that Felix Jr. doesn’t move as smoothly as other characters, in fact he has that jerky feel that you’ll recognize from some old arcade video games. Director Rich Moore explained that it was hard to animate him because of that jerky type movement.
You see animators are taught to avoid this type of movement called “twins” (when both sides of an object do the same thing) at all costs because that look doesn’t happen in nature, but in this case they had to do it and pretty much throw out everything they had learned. Moore explained that it took some nurturing but in the end animators would go crazy with it.
All I know is that it comes out great in the movie.
If you were hoping to see Mario in Wreck-It-Ralph you might be disappointed because unfortunately the character doesn’t make an appearance. Producer Clark Spencer and writer Phil Johnston explained that they could never find the right way to have him in the movie.
However, he is mentioned one in the film and bonus, Bowser (aka Koopa) does make an appearance in a really hilarious scene.
On What Video Game They’d Like To Be Stuck In
That’s a good question isn’t it? What video game would you like to be stuck in?
Well, Sarah Silverman said that she’d “probably want to be as many pixels as possible. The killing games are the most fun to play, but I’d probably want to be some place safe like… golf.”
Wise choice Sarah, plus golf for life! Of course I guess you’d have to like golf otherwise that could easily transform into a nightmare…
As for Jane Lynch, she’d like to have Felix Jr.’s hammer, can’t say I blame her and you’ll find out exactly why when you watch the movie. (Hint: It fixes things.)
Meet The Paperman Short
You might be familiar with Pixar putting short films in front of their features, but Disney hadn’t been doing that for years… until now. In front of Wreck-It-Ralph, you’ll get to see a really beautiful short animated film called Paperman.
Directed by John Kahrs the short is a really sweet story of love that merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques. Kahrs explained that he got the idea for the short when he was working in New York and would comment back and forth in Grand Central Station. He described how sometimes you would make eye contact with someone else and you’d think “we could have a life together” and then that person would disappear forever. And that became the basis for Paperman.
He got to thinking about what if two people that were perfect for each other met and lost each other, and how fate bring them back together.
Another interesting feature of Paperman is that there is no dialogue. Kahrs shared that he likes storytelling that shows you what’s going on instead of telling you, because it forces filmmaking to be very precise.
And finally Kahrs shared a really fun fact about how the different feel and movies coming out of Pixar and Disney, he explained how each studio start their stories:
“Wouldn’t it be cool if…” – Pixar
“Once upon a time…” – Disney
And that’s about all you need to know about Wreck-It-Ralph and the beautiful short that precedes it Paperman. So make sure you catch both when they comes out to theaters tomorrow, November 2nd.
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