Films on video games are usually somewhat of a problem. Sometimes they succeed and make audiences and fans happy, but most end up either disappointing or worse— they’re directed by Uwe Boll. But the outcome could be a little different with Wreck-It Ralph. For the film, Disney has announced they will pay homage to games of the past by featuring cameos from iconic video game characters, according to Entertainment Weekly.
In Wreck-It Ralph, the title character, voiced by John C. Reilly, is a Donkey Kong type villain in a game called Fix-It Felix, Jr. He is tired of playing the villain for thirty years to Felix, voiced by Jack McBrayer, and decides to go into other games at the arcade his game is stationed at, through electrical cords, to prove that he can be a hero as well.
Disney has announced that Wreck-It Ralph will run into characters gamers might know from the past, such as M. Bison and Zangief from Street Fighter II, Clyde the Ghost from Pac-Man, Kano from Mortal Kombat, Coily the Snake from Q*bert, Bowser from the Mario games and Dr. Robotnik from the Sonic franchise. These characters appear at a support group for videogame villains. It is unclear if these will be the only cameos made in the film.
In Ralph’s adventures, he will also enter worlds similar to popular video games such as Hero’s Duty, based on Halo, where he will meet Sergeant Calhoun, played by Jane Lynch and a Mario Kart-type game called Sugar Rush, which will feature Sarah Silverman as a character named Vanellope von Schweetz.
Wreck-It Ralph is scheduled for release on Nov. 2.