Disney fans in the D23 club will be enjoying a feature on the upcoming video game mash-up toon Wreck-It Ralph in the latest issue. As well as some chat about the movie, and hard-copy versions of the recent “game world” images, there’s also some new and exclusive stuff.
This includes an image from the film of some big-name cameo guest stars.
Visitors to the D23 expo last year (this D23 club sounds absolutely wicked, I should join) saw early footage from the film that featured Mario’s nemesis Bowser, a Pac-Man ghost, Coily from Q-Bert, Kano from Mortal Kombat and a Big Daddy from Bioshock taking part in a Bad Guys Anonymous meeting. The picture in the new D23 Magazine comes from this same scene, and reveals even more special guests.
Sorry that it’s a bit pixelated, though that of course does seem fairly suitable for the subject matter.
From left to right we have Dr. Willy from the Mega Man games, Bowser once again, Zangief from the Street Fighter series, and Sonic’s adversary, Eggman.
There are, apparently, plenty of video game references in the film, and some of them are bang up to date. The TAG Blog ran the following comments on a recent screening of the film as it stands – which is as a series of story reels and unfinished animation:
Animation has been going full bore. Lighting and finaling are getting ready for big ramp ups. There’s going to be new people hired next month. …
They had a screening in the hat’s first-floor theater yesterday. Iger and Rich Ross were there. They missed some of the lines because of the laughter. There’s a lot of gags in it, a lot of referencing of newer video games. The consensus is that the story works and its funny. Now we just have to get it made. This is one of the shortest schedules we’ve had. …
We do seem to hear that about animation schedules a lot. The last minute race, the complete and total overhaul and, very often, the phoenix-like rise from the ashes are all part of modern toon lore. These are the stories we hear about everything from The Lion King to Toy Story 2.
Wreck-It Ralph has the potential to be the virtual world’s Toy Story, and I’m only encouraged by everything I’ve seen so far.