Thursday 2 August 2012

New Wreck-It Ralph Concept Art, Stills and More (And a Bit About Frozen)

This still from the film shows Ralph entering the Mario-Kart inspired world, "Sugar Rush".

Disney recently held a press event to promote their upcoming slate, this included showing off their buzz-generating short film, Paperman, their 2013 animated release, Frozen, directed by Tarzan's Chris Buck, and revealing a substantial amount of new images, concept art and information from their next animated feature film, Wreck-It Ralph.

Check out the brand new plot details and concept art after the jump break!

In addition to two new hi-res stills from the film, showing Ralph in two of the game world he escapes to in the film - "Sugar Rush" and "Hero's Duty" - Disney released some brilliant concept art from the film, showing the evolution of the characters of Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman).

This still is from the "Hero's Duty" section of the film.

The stills are gorgeous, showing a huge contrast between the vibrant pinks of "Sugar Rush" and the brooding blacks and greens of "Hero's Duty". Apparently the animation for the film is wrapping up this week, the film will then move on to lighting and VFX. The concept art too is wonderful and The Art of Wreck-It Ralph (Chronicle Books) looks set to be a must-buy when its released on 1st November (UK release date; 17th October in the US).

First Showing also provides us with a spoiler heavy breakdown of the footage Disney showed them. You can catch a couple of interesting snippets of it below, or head on over to First Showing for their full breakdown:

"Ralph heads from his Bad Anon meeting back into Niceland and realizes the town is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their game without him. Felix and the rest of the citizens are having a party on the top floor of their building (complete with some pretty slick dance moves) and they're horrified when Ralph crashes the party. This is the point where he decides to go after a medal in another game, which happens to be the FPS "Hero's Duty.""

"From there, Ralph crash lands into "Sugar Rush," the Mario Kart-esque racing game made entirely of candy and inspired by Dr. Seuss style architecture of Antoni Gaudi. We spend about half of the movie in this game world, and this is where Ralph first meets Vanellope. She takes him back to her place and Ralph discovers that they're kindred spirits: Venellope is a glitch in her game, shunned by the other characters just like Ralph is. She lives in the Diet Cola Hot Springs, an abandoned mess of a place inside a volcano with Mentos hanging like stalactites."

Director Rich Moore (The Simpsons, Futurama) and producer Clark Spencer (Lilo & Stitch, Bolt) also spoke. Moore talked about the early days of the film - as well as once being called Reboot Ralph, earlier versions of the film were called High Score and Joe Jump - saying:

"Early on... we were approaching this that this was going to be Felix's story, and starting him out as a good guy and ending up as a better guy just wasn't a very compelling story. So Ralph existed as this supporting character to Felix, and Phil Johnston, the writer, and I said, 'Well, what about Ralph? This would be an interesting character to watch go through this kind of process of becoming a bigger person, a better person, a less selfish person.' The story really got traction at that point. It really started to take off."
The film's art designer, Mike Gabriel (director, Pocahontas) also revealed that, as well as the huge amount of cameos in the film, a staggering 188 original characters were created for the film! Rich Moore also spoke about his favourite cameos, including Q*bert.

First Showing's post also spoke, briefly, about Disney's next film after Ralph, the CG-adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, Frozen. The post said that they saw some great concept art from the film, showing some characters, including "a goofy enchanted snowman named Olaf and a bizarre reindeer named Sven", that are said to be for comic relief. As well as artwork showing a "castle nestled into a gorgeous mountain range with interior designs that had a beautiful, ethereal, classicSleeping Beauty look to them."

Directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf's Up) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (Winnie the Pooh) is due on 27th November, 2013. Before that though, Wreck-It Ralph is due in US cinemas on 2nd November this year, and UK ones on 15th February next year; it's going to be brilliant!

The hi-res images come courtesy of Stitch Kingdom.

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