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Wreck-It Ralph Creators On Working With Nintendo And Sega Characters

Posted by Damien McFerran

"Bowser's much bigger than that. He's way bigger than Zangief"

Forthcoming Disney CGI flick Wreck-It Ralph looks like it's going to be a laugh-riot, largely because it features an absolutely obscene number of video game cameos from the likes of Street Fighter, Q*Bert and Pac-Man. A heart-warming tale of a video game villain who yearns to become a good guy, the movie features the vocal talents of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman — as well as some contributions from Nintendo and Sega bad guys Bowser and Doctor Robotnik/Eggman, from Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog respectively.

Speaking to IGN, director Rich Moore and producer Clark Spencer spilled the beans on what it's like to make a film with so many famous video game properties. While production was smooth for the most part, the creative duo reveal that they hit a minor snag when it came to Nintendo and Sega's desires for their own characters.

Moore: "We did have kind of a check-in process, where we would show them the footage and say, 'What do you think? Is it good?' At one point, [Nintendo] said, 'Bowser's much bigger than that. He's way bigger than Zangief.' We were like, 'Okay, we'll make him bigger. How's that?' They'd say, 'Yes, that’s good — but he wouldn’t drink his coffee like that. He wouldn’t make that mouth.' [Laughs] Of course, then people from Sega said, 'Well, Doctor Robotnik is bigger.' [Laughs] They wanted their characters bigger and bigger. We were going to end up with these giants in a room, with Ralph as this little guy..."

Moore went on to add that the process actually had a positive outcome, with the resultant character models looking incredibly close to their official counterparts. Still, it gives a fascinating insight into how maddening it must be to work with companies as pedantic and protective as Sega and Nintendo.

[via uk.ign.com]

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User Comments (48)

47drift

#1

47drift said:

It's so heartwarming to know that he's still being called Robotnik.

Absolutely can't wait for this film. Tangled is probably my favorite movie to date, and this being by the same team just bodes oh so well.

RupeeClock

#2

RupeeClock said:

Bowser is one of the least consistently sized characters in all of video games.
He's not much bigger than Mario in Super Mario Bros, but enormous bathing in a tub of acid in Super Mario Sunshine.

Still, isn't Sonic poised to give a PSA in the movie about how if a character dies outside of their actual videogame, they die for good?

JustTheTrick

#4

JustTheTrick said:

Nice to see creatives wanting to look after their property. Artistic integrity or pedanticity? I go for the former

Philip_J_Reed: He's down your Mr. Pants

Geonjaha

#7

Geonjaha said:

@Besen - Someone had to be compromised in size to appease all the other companies. They reckoned Namco wouldn't put up much of a fight. :3

DarkEdi

#8

DarkEdi said:

I want the bad girl from Battletoads, but then the movie need to be rated +18

Onett

#13

Onett said:

@Philip_J_Reed I thought I remembered spotting Dr. Wily in a ealier screenshot of this footage. Perhaps he was removed or I must be mistaking him for another character with similar characteristics.

JohnPhilipSousa

#14

JohnPhilipSousa said:

Yes! Robotnik! SEGA has referred to him as Robotnik once again! Ura!
(leads SEGA into battle with Nintendo)
(returns defeated)

Phocks5

#15

Phocks5 said:

I'm loving EVERYTHING about this movie. Does seem to be missing some big franchise title charcters though. Metroid? Halo?

antdickensAdmin

#18

antdickens said:

Yeah, really looking forward to it - glad they persevered and got the Nintendo characters in there.

Rapadash6

#21

Rapadash6 said:

I know Sonic is making an appearance, but if Mario isn't a fairly prominant cameo it would be a huge oversight in my opinion. I mean Mario is easilly the most recognized character in video games. Clearly Wreck-it-Ralph and Fix-it-Felix are heavilly inspired by Donkey Kong and Mario respectively, but that doesn't mean they can't exist in the same universe, especially if Bowser is in there. Can't wait to see this movie, though.

DestinyMan

#22

DestinyMan said:

I thought it was odd that Dr. Eggman/Robotnik was equal in height to Bowser, but I guess they were in the Mario & Sonic games. Bowser has changed his stature a lot over the years, from being similar to Mario in SMB and SMB3, bigger than Mario in SMW and SM64, and having a tendency to become giant and back to normal ever since.

It's too bad that they can't bring Mario and Luigi along. Otherwise, this movie is shaping up very well, and I was happy to see the Wreck-It Ralph promotional during the Olympic gymnastics.

OdnetninAges

#23

OdnetninAges said:

@Rapadash6
They were only able to afford the rights to Bowser. Getting The Mario Bros. would cost them too much, due to the price Nintendo was asking for.

WiiLovePeace

#24

WiiLovePeace said:

Man this could be the movie of the century :D They need to make more movies about games in the same style as the games, not the live action style imo.

Super-Mario-Fan

#26

Super-Mario-Fan said:

HaHaHa!!!! Bowser was hilarious!! But i think im just saying that because im a Super Mario Fan. Cant wait to watch it!

Pichuka97

#29

Pichuka97 said:

Nice to see creatives wanting to look after their property. Artistic integrity or pedanticity? I go for the former

Philip_J_Reed: He's down your Mr. Pants

Pichuka says: HA!!

Hokori

#31

Hokori said:

Wonder if they'll put wreck it Ralph in any future KH games, that would be weird

Retro_on_theGo

#32

Retro_on_theGo said:

@OLD_SK0OL_PUNK He wants to leave his game, because no one likes him and prefer the hero. He's just tired of being the bad guy. Losing plays a part, but the former is the stronger reason.

I'm seriously looking forward to this movie!

Tasuki

#33

Tasuki said:

TO me this is like Toy Story gone video games. Just like how you had Mr Potato Head and other classic toys in Toy Story they are going to have alot of classic video game characters. I can't wait for this one.

@Phillip_J_Reed I know Dr. Wily is as iconic a villain as they come. Of course from what I have seen from the trailers these are a group of villains turning over a new leaf and Dr. Wily already fooled Megaman once with that in Megaman 3.

@DarkEdi I believe her name was the Dark Queen and I dont see why it would have to be 18+ its not like she walks around naked.

theblackdragonAdmin

#35

theblackdragon said:

@0LD_SK0OL_PUNK: no, he'd know because he's watched at least one of the trailers (as I have). one of the themes of the movie is that the 'bad guys' in any given game aren't necessarily truly evil at heart. if you could tone the '(sarcasm)' back a notch, it'd be appreciated. :/

WingedSnagret

#37

WingedSnagret said:

Bowser does use magic (or does so with the help of Kamek). That is my guess as to how his size changes a lot. For example, as the final boss of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Kamek throws his sparkly stuff on Bowser, making him grow huge.

WingedSnagret

#38

WingedSnagret said:

Also, (especially lately since I've been playing Dream Drop Distance) I would find it highly ironic if we didn't see any Kingdom Hearts characters. If nobody else, at least Sora should make an appearance. After all, this IS a Disney movie!

kurtasbestos

#40

kurtasbestos said:

Man, if I didn't absolutely loathe Pixar's art style (and their dumb gags and using celebrities as voice actors and the fact that I miss old-fashioned hand-drawn animation, etc.), I might be pretty interested in this movie. Actually, after watching the trailer, it looks kind of good, and the various cameos were pretty neat. Ah jeez, I'm getting old.

Bluezealand

#41

Bluezealand said:

@kurtasbestos: 1. Dumb gags? Don't you confuse them with Dreamworks?
2. This is not a Pixar movie, it's done by Disney Animation
3. Did you watch the last both hand-drawn movies in cinema (Princess and the Frog (2009), Winnie the Pooh (2011)? If not- stop whining. ;)

Super-Mario-Fan

#42

Super-Mario-Fan said:

I just noticed something the trailer. Bowser was drinking coffee! Stop at 1:01 and you see Bowser holding a cup of coffee. Hahaha!!!

RetroGBHippie92

#44

RetroGBHippie92 said:

Why on earth did Nintendo let Disney use Bowser? IKR?? Remember the news about when Justin Bieber asked to use the Super Mario Bros. Theme in one of his songs? * Shudders * Yeah I don't really like the idea of Disney trying to bolster their crappy CGI movies with Nintendo's Properties, especially since it could pretty much ruin both the movie and nintendo's reputation, but i'm sure it isn't likely to happen since they're taking careful steps, but who knows?

Bluezealand

#45

Bluezealand said:

Apart from 'Little Chicken' there is not one single crappy cgi-animated Disney movie. Seriosuly, did you even ever watched one?

StarDust4Ever

#48

StarDust4Ever said:

@0LD_SK0OL_PUNK:

Um, comparing Wreck it Ralph to the original Donkey Kong, I'm pretty sure that Mario has gotten clobbered a lot more than DK over the years. Considering that Mario gets 3 lives, and most novice players don't get past the first screen, I'm pretty sure Mario loses a lot more than DK. I mean, sure there's people like Billy Mitchel and Steve Wiebe who can probably beat DK 22 times on one Mario, but overwhelmingly, I believe a lot more Marios have lost the fight than Donkey Kongs.

Now as for those pesky Goombas on Mario Brothers; they are the real losers, Muah-ha-ha! :D

@LittleIrves Is it just me, or does Wall-e look like a big R.O.B. knockoff?

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