On Tuesday, March 5th, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, one of the most beloved animated films of 2012, is coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. To promote the home release of the Oscar-nominated film, director Rich Moore sat down with IGN to premiere a deleted scene from the film and talk a bit about the sequel that so many fans want to see, but Disney hasn’t approved… yet.
In this animatic deleted scene, we find Ralph in the ‘Hero’s Duty’ jail where he meets Bobby Dunderson, who attempts to talk Ralph into helping him break out. Check out the scene below, followed by Moore’s description of the game world that was cut from the film and the explanation of why it was cut:
“Well, ‘Extreme EZ Livin’ was this idea that was floated out to Ralph by Bobby Dunderson, who was this kind of ne’er-do-well ‘Hero’s Duty’ character. He told Ralph about this other game that sounded like paradise. It was a place where there were no good guys, no bad guys, just guys — and girls and sun and surf. It was kind of this Shangri-La where Ralph could forget his troubles. It was a game sort of like ‘The Sims’ meets ‘Grand Theft Auto’, and it was a little amoral with no object to the game. It was just about collecting what we called “Like Its” from other characters in the game, depending on how well you were dressed or what kind of accouterments you were wearing. It was a place where Ralph could drown his sorrows in a hot tub with margaritas. Eventually, in the story, it was the place that Ralph was going to go once he disappointed Vanellope and himself.
You know, it was another game world that came very late in the story that people were finding a lot to digest in a movie of about 90 minutes long. In fact, it was making our movie about two hours long, which is pretty long for an animated film. Unfortunately, even though we all loved the idea of this place and what seemed to be a paradise for Ralph as well as a real bottom for him, it was just too much to add in the film. Hopefully, we’ll maybe get to revisit that idea, because I think it’s one that’s worth exploring. It just didn’t make the cut for the first ‘Wreck-It Ralph’.”
Later on in the interview, after he compares the games to the real world by saying that “Hero’s Duty is New York and Sugar Rush is Paris, Extreme EZ Livin’ is kind of like Reno”, Moore goes on to talk about the sequel in the works right now. He reiterates John C. Reilly’s enthusiasm for another film and says that they’re waiting on the official word from the studio to move forward, but he’s already thinking about which characters and what other games could be featured in ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’.
Besides Tron and Mario, the director says that he’d really like to get Dirk the Daring from ‘Dragon’s Lair’ into the next movie because he couldn’t get him in the first one due to legal reasons. But, it’s surprising who else he’d like to work in somehow:
“I don’t exactly know how we could work it in, you know, things like ‘Angry Birds’ and the ‘With Friends’ games — only because I love playing them. It just seems like it would be great to work in a story about those types of games that are so prevalent and contemporary and part of today’s culture. I would love to somehow work that into a sequel.”
I’m a fan of those games too, but I’m not too keen on seeing them interact with Fix-It Felix, the ‘Sugar Rush’ racers, and all the rest. I’d love to see some vintage Playstation characters though like Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon. I’d also like to see some ‘Kingdom Hearts’/’Final Fantasy’ characters as well. There shouldn’t be too much red tape with that one since it is a Disney game.
Who would you like to see cameo in a sequel to ‘Wreck-It Ralph’? What did you think of the deleted scene? Are you fine with it being left out of the movie? Share your thoughts in the comments below!