Unlike most animated films, the principal actors regularly recorded audio sessions together in the same room, a situation which led to a lot of improvising.
The bartender game which appears, Tapper (1983), was controversial in real life. The game featured a bartender serving mugs of Budweiser beer. The game was intended for adults to play in real life bars, but eventually made its way into kid-friendly arcades where parents became upset at the content. Consequently, Bally Midway recreated a nearly identical version called Root Beer Tapper, with a soda jerk character instead of a bartender. The version in Wreck-It Ralph combines the bartender character of the original with the root beer of the later version.
The train station of Nice Land shows that the population is 224x256, the common resolution of an 8-Bit game.
Disneyland guests used to be able to play the "Fix-It Felix, Jr." arcade game at the Starcade in Tomorrowland near the exit of the Space Mountain, but the arcade has since been removed.
Disney first began developing an animated film about the world of video game characters in the 1980s. At that time the project was called "High Score" and in the 1990s was titled "Joe Jump." In the 2000s, when the movie was finally pushed forward, the first two months of story development focused on Fix-It Felix Jr. as the main character.
The graffiti in Game Central Station contains many inside jokes and references to famous video games. One says "Aerith Lives," in reference to Final Fantasy VII (1997). Another says "All your base are belong to us," from the infamously poor English translation of the game Zero Wing (1989).
Early in production it was considered to keep all characters in their native graphic quality, essentially making Ralph look 8-bit the entire time. This was deemed too difficult for making Ralph a sympathetic, lovable character.
The high score of Wreck-It-Ralph's game cabinet is 120501, which is also a nod to the birthday of Walt Disney when divided up as 12/05/01.
The character "Cyborg" does Kano's signature Mortal Kombat (1992) fatality on the zombie during the Bad Guys meeting. Cyborg's appearance is clearly based on Kano.
The Sugar Rush racer Minty Zaki is a tribute to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, of whom John Lasseter (executive producer of the film) is a huge fan. Lasseter hosts introductions for the Disney release DVDs of a number of Miyazaki films.
King Candy's voice and character design is modeled after Ed Wynn, a popular comedian and voice artist, best known in Walt Disney films as the voice of the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins (1964).
Outside of King Candy's castle, Oreo Cookie soldiers are shown marching outside and chanting "Or-e-o, Or-eee-o!" This is a parody of a scene from The Wizard of Oz (1939), in which the Winkie Guards are marching outside of the Witch's castle, chanting a wordless phrase, "Oh-we-ho, yo-ho!" Many "Oz" viewers have mistaken this chant for real words such as "All we own, we owe her," or "Oh we loathe, the old one," or a naming of Oreo cookies.
During the storyboard process Sugar Rush contained many more mini-games spread throughout the Kingdom that Ralph and Vanellope had to play to win parts for their car. This was all condensed into the bakeshop scene and many Sugar Rush characters were left unused.
The DJ at Fix-it Felix's 30th anniversary party is designed after Skrillex, a real life dubstep artist, who also wrote the music from the scene in which Ralph first goes into battle in Hero's Duty.
There is a piece of graffiti on the right side of the tunnel which reads "Leerooooy", a nod to Leeroy Jenkins, a World of Warcraft (2004) player who obtained Internet fame from a video of him running head-long into battle while shouting his own name.
When Ralph is looking in the lost and found for a medal, he pulls out an exclamation mark and the sound from the video game Metal Gear Solid (1998) is heard. This is the same exclamation mark and sound heard in the game when you are spotted by the enemy.
At Fix-It Felix Jr's party, Ralph is enraged by Gene and smashes the cake. The cake splatter around the room and on Ralph resembles the shape of an alien in Space Invaders (1978), an iconic early arcade game.
The cops' badges parody the real police motto "To Protect and Serve", reading "To Heat and Serve."
Several popular video game characters make an appearances in this movie, including but not limited to: M. Bison, Zangief, Ken, Ryu, Chun Li and Cammy from the Street Fighter (1987) Series, Q*bert (1982) and his cast of enemies, Pac-Man (1980) and the orange ghost Clyde, Bowser from the Super Mario Bros. (1985) series, Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), and Dr. Robotnik.
The arcade owner character, Mr. Litwak, wears a referee's shirt as a reference to real life personality Walter Day, owner of the Twin Galaxies Arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa. Day is best known for appearing in the arcade documentaries Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007), The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) and his own documentary Walter Day: Twin Galaxies and the Two Golden Domes.
In the beginning of the movie when Ralph first enters Felix's apartment there is a waterfall sculpture in the apartment on the left side of the screen. The speed, size, and pattern of the waterfall is almost identical to the waterfall featured on the start screen of the classic NES game The Legend of Zelda (1986).
The Guard for the Baking Factory is Beard Papa, the mascot for a Japanese cream puff shop of the same name. While he is sleeping he is dreaming about cream puffs.
The donut-shaped police who harass Ralph in the "Sugar Rush" game are named Wynnchel and Duncan, a sly reference to two U.S. donut chains: Winchell's Donut House and Dunkin' Donuts. Also, when Ralph meets King Candy, he asks, "Who are you? The guy that makes the donuts?" - a reference to a series of 1980's commercials that featured a harried, mustachioed Dunkin' Donuts baker named Fred going to work every morning, while grumbling, "Time to make the donuts."
The short film Paperman (2012) was released with this film. The Paper from this film appears on the wall at the Bad-Anon meeting behind Ralph.
Jerry Buckner & Gary Garcia, a songwriting duo, had a very popular novelty-rock hit called "Pac-Man (1980) Fever," in 1982. Though Garcia passed away in 2011, his partner Buckner wrote a new song for the Wreck-It Ralph soundtrack under the Buckner & Garcia name called "Wreck-It, Wreck-It Ralph."
"Wreck-It Ralph" won five Annie Awards for Best Animated Feature, Director, Music, Voice Acting (Alan Tudyk as King Candy), and Writing in an Animated Feature Production. It is the first time an animated feature film made by Walt Disney Animation Studios has taken the top prize at these awards presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, since Mulan (1998) prevailed in the 1998 awards ceremony.
In early production, Dr. Wily, the villain of the Mega Man game series, was included in the storyboard process in the "villain support group" scene, but was ultimately written out due to pacing reasons.
Fix-it Felix's jump sound is the same used by Mario from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996).
Director Rich Moore was inspired to create the character of Vanellope after reading the memoir "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee" by Sarah Silverman and eventually cast Silverman as the character.
The guns used by the soldiers in Hero's Duty make the same sound effects as the laser weapons seen in the opening scene of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Also when King Candy opens the secret vault that contains the game's code, the exact same sound effect of the Cyberdyne vault opening can be heard. Gary Rydstrom was the sound designer on both films.
The character Ralph and his game "Fix-it Felix Jr." draw inspiration from Donkey Kong (1981). Both games are about a handy-man character climbing up and around a building structure toward the villain on top. (Mario was a carpenter in the DK games before changing to a plumber.) The villains Donkey Kong and Wreck-it Ralph are both large angry characters with wide hands that toss down objects at the hero. Additional inspiration comes from Rampage (1986), where players played as various monsters (including Werewolf Ralph) that smashed buildings with their hands and plucked characters from the building and threw them. The goal was to destroy as many buildings as possible without being killed.
Ralph and Felix are the only characters from the game "Fix-It Felix Jr." who do not move in 8-bit style outside of game play.
Cymbre Walk, the casting associate for the film, is also credited with voicing the racer Crumbelina Di Caramello, who never utters a sound throughout the film.
According to Alan Tudyk, his agent told the casting director he could do an impression of Ed Wynn without asking him beforehand if he actually was capable of it.
When Wreck-It Ralph is interrogating Sour Bill, he muses "I wonder how many licks it would take me to get to your center." This is a reference to a 1970's commercial that asked the question, "How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?"
Hidden Mickey: In an exterior shot of Litwak's Family Fun Center, a billboard is visible advertising for "Double U Dee's", with a dancing mouse mascot. "Double U Dee's", of course, is another way of saying "WD's", or "Walt Disney's."
In the shot showing the characters in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991) deciding to go to Tapper (1983) for some drinks, the cabinet next to the Street Fighter machine is a "Dragon's Lair" machine - a 1983 game that used a Laserdisc player to give high quality video. The animation in Dragon's Lair (1983) was provided by the group founded by Don Bluth, a former Disney animator.
During early production, Disney had Mario set to cameo in the film, but producer Clark Spencer claimed that they "couldn't think of the right way to incorporate him into the film."
The sheriffs release "devil dogs" as trackers. Devil Dogs were cream-filled devil's food cake snacks from Drake's. It is also a long-standing nickname for the U.S. Marine Corps, which was supposedly coined by the Germans during WWI.
While in the "Hero's Duty" game, Ralph stumbles upon a bunch of eggs that look very similar to the eggs from Alien (1979). When the eggs hatch, an infant cybug jumps out and latches onto Ralph's face, in a much gentler parody of the attack on Kane from that movie.
According to director Rich Moore, all the characters from existing videogames are portrayed by their real-life voice actors.
The forest area in the background of Nice Land was inspired by the block design of the PC game Minecraft (2009).
The design of Game Central Station is modeled after NYC's Grand Cental Station Terminal.
The high score in the Main Menu of the Blu Ray/DVD release for North America is 110212, which is a reference to the release date for the film. November 2, 2012 (11/02/12).
Many people who saw the initial material for this film mistook it for a Pixar film, while the Pixar film released that year - Brave (2012) - was mistaken for an in-house Disney film.
The Disney animators had spent their entire careers learning to animate people in motion moving very fluidly. When they were animating the characters from "Fix-It Felix Jr." moving in 8-bit style, they had to unlearn everything they'd been taught.
Jennifer Lee, one of the film's two screenwriters, became the first woman to write a screenplay for a full-length Disney animated feature film since Noni White for Tarzan (1999).
The racers' names in Sugar Rush are Taffyta Muttonfudge, Crumbelina Di Caramello, Gloyd Orangeboar, Adorabeezle Winterpop, Citrusella Flugpucker, Torvald Batterbutter, Nougetsia Brumblestain, Sticky Wipplesnit, Minty Zaki, Snowanna Rainbeau, Rancis Fluggerbutter, Jubileena Bing-Bing, Swizzle Malarkey, and Candlehead. Only three of them - Gloyd, Rancis, and Swizzle - are boys, and the rest are girls (including Torvald, even though it's a boys' name).
Fix-It Felix is depicted as a carpenter in reference to the original Donkey Kong (1981) where Mario was also depicted as a carpenter before he was later changed to a plumber.
While Felix and Calhoun are talking before entering Sugar Rush, there is graffiti on the wall in the background which says, "Sheng Long Was Here". This is a reference to a hoax about Street Fighter character by that name.
The two games next to Fix it Felix are Asteroids (1979) (released by Atari) and Space Invaders (1978) (released by Taito in Japan, and released as Space Invaders by Midway in the United States).
The chapel scene in Sergeant Calhoun's tragic backstory wedding is modeled on the United States Air Force Academy's Cadet Chapel.
There is an arcade cabinet called FATAL ASSAULT, a completely fabricated game that features cameos by Tiny The Dinosaur and Lefty The Octopus from Meet the Robinsons (2007). Tiny is also seen in the background of the game central station.
The name Fix-It comes from the 1990 LucasArts game Night Shift (1990), where the two playable characters are Fred & Fiona Fixit. The game itself was originally called Fixit but re branded with a new name at the suggestion of LucasArts.
Although this movie is not promoted in the Disney Parks as much as other movies, the end credits song by Owl City, "When Can I See You Again", was rearranged by Owl City for Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Celebration. It is the base of the Paint the Night Parade's soundtrack.
All the humanoid characters in "Sugar Rush" (including King Candy) have 4 fingers on each hand, while vast majority of humanoid characters from other games have 5 fingers on each hand.
The film has cameo appearances from the video game Street Fighter (1987), a video game published by Capcom. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Capcom published video games of several Disney TV shows and movies such as Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (1988) and Aladdin (1992).
During the opening time-lapse sequence, the arcade is shown in its normal semi-dark state, except for several frames in which the ceiling lights flash brightly for a brief moment. These flashes represent late evenings when the arcade is being cleaned after closing time. At each brightly lit frame, the arcade is empty and a cleaning bucket is standing on the floor.
The manufacturer of the plugs shown in Game Central Station is "Moore", a reference to Rich Moore, the director.
Studio trademark: Habitually barefoot character(s): Ralph is barefoot for the entire movie.
The writers of the movie were inspired by Nintendo, in particular Donkey Kong (where the villain, Donkey Kong, would later be a good guy in future games and Fix-It Felix was similar to Mario) and Super Mario Kart (Sugar Rush has a very similar look and feel to this game.)
The mini-game at the Kart Bakery, which lasts 60 seconds, actually takes 73 seconds of screen time.
The wall of sketches of different characters in Tapper (1983)'s also includes one of Rich Moore in the bottom right corner.
King Candy's car horn plays "Hail to the Chief." In reality, this is played for the US President, not royalty.
Fix-It-Felix was originally going to accompany Ralph throughout the film. However, the writers gave him his own subplot in order to place more focus on the relationship between Ralph and Vanellope.
A Nicelander that looked like John Lasseter was designed but didn't make the final movie.
Rancis Fluggerbutter (the yellow-haired, chocolate-themed boy racer) is repeatedly seen admiring his own reflection in a kart mirror - a classical sign of narcissism. Fittingly, the name "Rancis" is an anagram of "Narcis".
Jack McBrayer (Felix), Jane Lynch (Calhoun), and John C. Reilly (Ralph) previously appeared together in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006).
Turbotime and the character of Turbo are both loosely based on the cabinet artwork for 1980 arcade game Rally-X, created by Namco and produced in North America by Bally / Midway.
Composer Thomas Newman was originally hired to write the score for this film before he was replaced by Henry Jackman.
At one point Vanellope jokes to Ralph "I bet you really gotta watch where you step in a game called 'Hero's Doodie'!" Ironically enough, one does have to watch where one steps in "Hero's Duty", as Ralph demonstrated earlier by clumsily stepping on one of the Cy-bug eggs.
This film was originally intended to be released in March 2013 under the title "Reboot Ralph", but it was pushed forward to November 2012, after Monsters University (2013)'s release was moved from then to June 2013. This was in keeping with the idea that 2012 was the thirtieth anniversary of Fix-It Felix, Jr., and it allowed DreamWorks Animation to release The Croods (2013) on the originally intended date.
Since 2012 was the year of the film's release, it's fair to assume that it's also the year during which the film takes place. The script says that it's the 30th anniversary of Ralph's and Felix's game. That means that Fix it Felix Jr was released in 1982.
The third Disney film which is set inside a computer and is about video arcade game characters. The first was TRON (1982), and the second was its sequel, TRON Legacy (2010).
Walt Disney Animation Studios' first computer-animated film to be produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio; all of that company's previous computer-animated films were produced in 1.85:1.
The sign outside the Litwak's arcade reads "HAPPY 5TH B RTHDAY SVZY" with a missing "I" in "BIRTHDAY" and substituting a "V" in "SUZY."
One of the Hero's Duty Soldiers is the fifth character in a Walt Disney Animation Studios film to be voiced by animator Mark Walton after Barry and Bob in Home on the Range (2004), Goosey Loosey in Chicken Little (2005), one of the wildebeests in The Wild (2006), and Rhino the Hamster in Bolt (2008).
Walt Disney Animation Studios' first film since Bolt (2008) to not be a musical of characters breaking into songs 3 or more times at random moments.
The fourth Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Dinosaur (2000), Bolt (2008) and Tangled (2010).
Jack McBrayer (Felix) and Mindy Kaling (Taffyta) both previously appeared together as a Tourist Couple in Illumination's Despicable Me (2010) 2 years prior.
This is the first time since Brother Bear (2003) released 9 years prior, for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film to be shot in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
Both John C. Reilly (Ralph) and Rich Moore (Sour Bill) would later go on to voice Sheep Characters in later Animated Films. Reilly later voiced Eddie Noodleman in Illumination's Sing (2016) and Moore later voiced Doug Ramses in Zootopia (2016) by the same studio, both these films released in 2016.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012) along with Big Hero 6 (2014) are the only 2 Animated Disney Films with November releases to not release on a Thanksgiving week, as well as one of the 4 Disney Animated Feature Films of the 2010s to not release in a Thanksgiving week, along with Winnie the Pooh (2011) and Zootopia (2016).
This is the first time that one of the band Fun.'s songs has appeared in a Disney movie ("Some Nights").
Alan Tudyk's fifth theatrically released animated film after Ice Age (2002), Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Astro Boy (2009), and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012).
Out of all the voices of the video game characters in the film Roger Craig Smith (Sonic) and experienced voice actor Kyle Hebert (Ryu) are the only voice actors to reprise their roles from the video games.
Jane Lynch's fourth fully animated film after Space Chimps (2008), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), and Shrek Forever After (2010), the former of which is not a follow-up to a previous film.
The Moppet Girl is voiced by Stefanie Scott, a Disney channel Star who played Lexi Reed on Disney Channel's A.N.T. Farm (2011) and Julianne in the Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies (2012), in addition to the voices of Briana and Emma on Disney Junior's Special Agent Oso (2009).
When Ralph and King Candy are in the throne room, Ralph says, "who are you? the guy who makes the doughnuts?" This is a reference to the 1970's and 80's commercials for Dunkin Donuts where "the guy" had to get up and make the donuts each day.
The second Walt Disney Animation Studios film of 2010s to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Tangled (2010).
The fifth Disney's animated movie of the 2010s to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Tangled (2010), Mars Needs Moms (2011), Brave (2012) and Frankenweenie (2012).
2nd Animated Film for both John C. Reilly and Jack Brayer (voices of Ralph and Felix respectively), after 9 (2009) and Despicable Me (2010).
The characters Tiny the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Maximus, and Vladimir from the films Meet the Robinsons (2007) and Tangled (2010) show up in this film.
The second collaboration with Henry Jackman and experienced voice actors David Cowgill and Paul Pape after Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).
Joe Whyte's ninth Walt Disney Animation Studios film after Tarzan (1999), The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Home on the Range (2004), Chicken Little (2005), The Wild (2006), Meet the Robinsons (2007), Bolt (2008), and The Princess and the Frog (2009).
Walt Disney Animation Studios' 20th film to be rated 12+ by the RARS (Russian Age Rating System) after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Bambi (1942), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Rescuers (1977), The Fox and the Hound (1981), The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), The Brave Little Toaster (1987), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Tarzan (1999), Dinosaur (2000), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Treasure Planet (2002), Brother Bear (2003), and Chicken Little (2005).
Walt Disney Animation Studios' first film of the 2010s to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board) (not counting Tangled (2010), which was only rated as such during non-theatrical releases).
Edie McClurg's third Walt Disney Animation Studios film after The Little Mermaid (1989) and Home on the Range (2004).
Disney's second animated film of the 2010s to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board) after Brave (2012), which was also released in 2012.
The last Disney animated feature film to have characters voiced by Philip L. Clarke and Joe Alaskey, released 1-3 years prior to their deaths in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
The last Disney animated feature film to involve Mel Shaw when he was still alive, the next two films Frozen (2013) and Big Hero 6 (2014) were both released posthumously.
The second Disney's animated film to be released on November 2nd, after Monsters, Inc. (2001).
Not counting follow-ups, this is the fifth film to use character cameos in this case with video game characters, after Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) with cartoon character cameos, Toy Story (1995) with toy cameos, Shrek (2001) with fairy tale character cameos, and Ice Age (2002) with prehistoric animal cameos.
Disney's ninth computer-animated film to release in November after Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), The Incredibles (2004), Chicken Little (2005), Bolt (2008), and Tangled (2010).
Walt Disney Animation Studios' first film since Chicken Little (2005) to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board).
Disney's fourth computer-animated film to have a November release outside of a Thanksgiving week after Monsters, Inc. (2001), The Incredibles (2004), and Chicken Little (2005).
Paul Butcher's second Walt Disney Animation Studios film after Meet the Robinsons (2007).
Disney's seventh computer-animated film to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board) after Dinosaur (2000), The Incredibles (2004), Chicken Little (2005), Ratatouille (2007), Up (2009), and Brave (2012).
The fourteenth theatrically released animated film released in the 21st century with a November release date outside of a Thanksgiving week after Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Brother Bear (2003), The Incredibles (2004), The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004), Chicken Little (2005), Flushed Away (2006), Happy Feet (2006), Bee Movie (2007), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Megamind (2010), and Happy Feet Two (2011).