16 Facts You Didn’t Know About ‘Wreck-It Ralph’

Disney just announced that Wreck-It Ralph 2 will come out on March 9, 2018! It will take place six years after the events of the first film, and will focus on Ralph’s adventures in the internet space. Unfortunately, 2018 is still a ways away. To hold you over until then, here are 16 facts you didn’t know about Wreck-It Ralph!

1. The first two months of the film’s development originally focused on Fix-It Felix Jr. as the main character.

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The project that would eventually develop into Wreck-It Ralph was originally called High Score in the 1980s and Joe Jump in the 1990s.

2. The DJ playing music at Fix-it Felix’s 30th anniversary party looks like Skrillex, an American electronic music producer, DJ, singer and songwriter.

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This is a nod to the fact that Skrillex also wrote the music in the scene when Ralph first goes into battle in Hero’s Duty titled “Bug Hunt.”

3. The guns used in Hero’s Duty have the same sound effects as the laser weapons in the opening scene of Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

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In addition, the sound that the secret vault makes when King Candy accesses the game’s code is the same sound as the Cyberdyne vault makes in Terminator 2. This is because Gary Rydstrom worked as the sound designer for both films.

4. When Ralph smashes the cake at Fix-It Felix Jr’s party, the cake splatter around the room resembles the shape of an alien from the video game Space Invaders.

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5. When Ralph is looking for a medal at Tapper’s, he pulls out a Mushroom from the Super Mario Bros. series and an exclamation mark from the video game Metal Gear Solid

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The exclamation mark also makes the same sound that occurs when you are spotted by an enemy in Meal Gear Solid.

6. During the Bad Guys meeting, the character “Cyborg” does Kano’s fatality from Mortal Kombat on the zombie.

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The Cyborg’s appearance is also very similar to Kano’s.

7. Several other bad guys who show up at Bad-Anon include M.Bison and Zangief from Street Fighter, Dr. Robotnik fr0m Sonic, and Bowser from Super Mario Bros.

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8. The graffiti in Game Central Station reads”Aerith Lives” and the other says “All your base are belong to us.”

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The first references a character from Final Fantasy VII and the other is a nod to the poor English translation of Zero Wing.

9. The design of Game Central Station is modeled after Grand Central Station in New York City.

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10. During the time-lapse at the beginning of the film, Vanellope can be seen on the cabinet of Sugar Rush towards the right.

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This is an early hint that Vanellope is not a glitch and actually belongs in the game.

11. The high score of Fix-It Felix Jr.’s cabinet is 120501 and references Walt Disney’s birthday.

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Walt Disney’s birthday is December 5th, 1901.

12. Ralph and Vanellope only have 60 seconds to play the mini-game at the Baking Factory to make a racer but the scene takes 73 seconds of actual screen time.

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In the original storyboard, Sugar Rush contained many more mini-games that Ralph and Vanellope had to play in order to win parts for their car. However, they were all combined into the bakeshop scene and many Sugar Rush characters were left unused.

13. Beard Papa, the mascot for a Japanese cream puff shop of the same name, is the guard for the Baking Factory.

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He is seen napping on the job.

14. The donut-shaped policeman who serve as King Candy’s lackeys in “Sugar Rush” are named Wynnchel and Duncan.

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Their names are references to two donut chains, Winchell’s Donut House and Dunkin’ Donuts.

15. King Candy’s Oreo Cookie soldiers reference The Wizard of Oz.

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The Oreo Cookie soldiers shown marching outside King Candy’s castle chant “Or-e-o, Or-eee-o!” very much like how the guards chant “Oh-we-ho, yo-ho!” outside the Witch’s castle in Wizard of Oz.

16. King Candy’s voice and character design is modeled after Ed Wynn who was a popular comedian and voice artist.

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He provided the voice of the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland and played Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins.

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