There’s a film coming out next month that you should go see. And I did some voiceover on it!
No, besides Christmas in Compton. I mean Wreck-It Ralph!
When I heard I was going to see the movie more than a month before it arrives in theaters, the video game fanatic in me was thrilled. And while I’ll save the full-scale review for next month, I do want to give you some of the inside scoop.
I was lucky enough to do three insane things:
1. Watch the movie in advance of its release on November 2nd, 2012.
2. Talk to the film’s director, Rich Moore, and Producer, Clark Spencer.
3. Enter the inner workings of Disney Animation (more on this in a moment).
1. The Movie
It’s so much fun and definitely bridges the gap between every generation of gamer. The humor John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch bring to their roles is icing on the Sugar-Rush cake.
One of my favorite lines from the film:
“Doomsday and Armageddon just had a baby and it is UGLY.”
2. The Director & Producer
Rich, the director of the film, and his Producer, Clark were very conversational and easy to talk with in our interview. You could tell that they both carried a deep love of “retro” video games while evolving into the more modern games. The pair wanted the process to be fun, so they encouraged their actors to have a blast in the recording booth…
…which leads me to our last item.
3. Disney Animation Tour
In visiting Disney animation I’ve realized that I might not be cut out for both cartoon drawing and voice acting. We were instructed how to draw one of the lead characters from Wreck-It Ralph. I failed miserably. But then, they led us to the vocal booth to actually record over dialogue from the movie, in the very same booths used by the actors.
Here’s my attempt:
Now, here’s the actual scene:
Okay. So, I was a bit under-slept and had been overeating so I was off my game, but that’s okay because the actors hired in this movie did a great job… without my “help.” So, while I technically wasn’t IN IT, I did do some voiceover work “on it.” I speak legalese.
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Disclosure: This post was written as press coverage of Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph. We aren’t press, nor can we even spell. Disney provided accommodations and covered associated expenses but all the lame opinions expressed here are my own. Unless I am an 8-bit video game character. Then they are a Pacman’s. I did not get PAID for this even though I am broke. But my will isn’t broke-n. See what I did there?