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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: The game characters are shown to travel between games via the electrical wires. This means, essentially, that data is being transferred through the power cord. While this may seem unrealistic to anyone moderately computer-savvy, even disregarding the nature of the "data" in question, it is actually very possible for electronics to communicate with each other through the electrical wiring, and there are real devices that do this.note 
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  • Big Name Fan: Mel Brooks called the film the best comedy of the year. High praise indeed!
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
    • John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch are among the featured voices, though Jack and Jane have done a good amount of voice work before.
    • Vanellope is voiced in the Mexican dub by a talented and versatile actress who has been involved in radio, film, television and voice acting in Mexico since the '60s. Latin American audiences probably know her: María Antonieta de las Nieves; that's right, Vanellope is La freakin' Chilindrina.
  • Defictionalization:
    • Disney designed, programmed, and constructed a working arcade machine of Fix-It Felix Jr. for the 2011 D23 Expo (and yes, it does look like it was made in 1982)! You can even play the game at Disneyland's Starcade in Tomorrowland, no quarters needed!note  With this film being about original video games, expect more of these to come!
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    • You can play Fix-It Felix Jr. via the movie's website, and on the iPad and mobile phones. However, there was once a "beta code" version on the movie website, so the Games version and, by extension, the Facebook version was made more faithful to that in the movie.
    • Hero's Duty and Sugar Rush were also made playable as Unity 3D-based games.
    • Ralph himself made his "game jump" into Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. So yes, game jumping is being defictionalized, too.
    • Taking cues from Pixar, Disney made a series of TV commercials for Litwak's Arcade, each set in a different year. The first, set in 1982 and featuring the Fix-It Felix Jr. arcade game, is also made to look like it's ripped from a 1980s VHS tape, poor quality and all! The other two commercials feature Sugar Rush Speedway (circa 1997) and Hero's Duty (circa 2012), with a bit of Serial Escalation involving birthday giveaways.
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    • Someone ported Fix-It Felix Jr to the Genesis.
    • A New Jersey based arcade chain called Yestercades also has a physical, functioning Fix-It Felix Jr. arcade game, and its out-of-order signs are the same as the ones from the movie.
  • Dueling Movies: In a manner with DreamWorks Animation's Turbo thanks to that film taking cues from Sonic the Hedgehog, who appears in Wreck It-Ralph, and because that film and the title character share a name with a character in this film that turned out to be the Big Bad. Also, DWA's film, too, was scored by Henry Jackman. Wreck-It Ralph won since it did well while Turbo bombed and got DWA and former Disney boss Jeffrey Katzenberg sued by his stockholders (this helped towards a sale to Comcast that takes Katzenberg out of the picture on a heavy basis). Both franchises, however, are still alive, with an online show from DreamWorks Animation's Turbo and Wreck It-Ralph getting a sequel (said sequel is set to duel another video game film from Katzenberg's DreamWorks founding partner, Steven Spielberg, who also directed Disney's The BFG).
  • Fan Community Nickname: "Wrecklings" or "Wreckers".
  • Fan Nickname: The four main characters are often called "the Core Four".
  • God Never Said That: Many people on the Internet insist that Mario didn't get a cameo because Nintendo's price was too high. In a video interview (around 15:30) with, director Rich Moore clearly states this is false. He thinks the rumor grew out of a joke John C. Reilly made at the San Diego Comic-Con, saying "Luigi wants more money than Mario," which the rumor mill morphed into an "official" statement by Moore himself. (See What Could Have Been for the real reason Mario didn't get cameoed.)
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: Too many to list. The movie's like a pop quiz for gamers if they can recognize all the classic video game sound effects.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Before it was confirmed a lot of fans correctly guessed from the first trailer that Felix and Calhoun were going to be paired up.
    • Many fans also guessed that King Candy would be the main antagonist of the film, which was confirmed by a pulled-down preview for one of the tie-in novels on Amazon.
    • One fan guessed impressively early on the WMG page that Vanellope was the true ruler of Sugar Rush.
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  • Mama Bear:
    • Interesting out-of-universe example. According to Jim Reardon (Head of Story), all the women on the film's story crew were very protective of the character of Vanellope throughout the entire developing process.
    • An army of females in the film's fandom have passionately expressed their wish to protect/console Vanellope in some way.
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  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • There's a scene in which Ralph is chased by a swarm of Cy-Bugs while he is riding on Calhoun's cruiser to Diet Cola Mountain. In actuality, while riding to the mountain, he's not chased at all. The clip was most likely cut because it comes across as lightheartedly humorous (with Ralph flailing around and screaming), which would've been out of place in what is otherwise a serious climactic scene.
    • Another missing trailer scene; there's a clip from Hero's Duty where one of the soldiers tells to Ralph "Get outta this game, buddy!" in the midst of the Cy-Bug attack.
    • A third missing scene depicts Ralph, with no armor, hiding behind a wall in Hero's Duty and saying "Everything changes, now."
  • Name's the Same:
    • King Candy's "Fungeon" is a pun on "Fun" and "Dungeon". There is a place in a medieval-themed Las Vegas resort that's called the Fun Dungeon (Made long before the movie). Thankfully it's nothing like Sugar Rush's Fungeon.
    • King Candy himself happens to share his name with a character from a children's board game that is also candy themed.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Playing with Character Type: Foul-mouthed comedienne Sarah Silverman playing a snarky, Bratty Half-Pint? Not out of the ordinary. And then we find out that said half-pint is an Iron Woobie demonized by the other characters of her game because she was nearly Ret Gone out of it. Then the kart breaking strips away the Iron...
  • Referenced by...: Knights of Buena Vista is a Campaign Comic for Disney works, and this film is the second one covered (after Frozen).
  • Role Reprisal:
  • Saved from Development Hell: The first traces of the premise appeared as early as the late 1980s (during Katzenberg and Frank Wells' careers at Disney) when it had the Working Title High Score. Then it was revived in the 1990s, dropped again, and re-revived in the early 21st century into what it is now. It was supposed to be screened before Tangled, and then after it, and then it was Cancelled, and then Un-Cancelled and so on. Once production finally started, it zipped as fast as Sonic to get ahead of a 2013 release date (DWA and Katzenberg took the release date Wreck-It Ralph vacated for The Croods).
  • Throw It In!: All of the actors, many of whom were experienced with improv, were recorded together, resulting in a lot of ad-libbing.
  • Troubled Production: Averted in that after the film finally became a firm go at last, the production proved so smooth that Disney decided to shift the release to an earlier date because it was done ahead of schedule (DreamWorks's The Croods took Disney's original spot for Wreck-It Ralph).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Considering that the filmmakers wrote and even animated some scenes with cameo characters in mind, even before obtaining legal permission from their respective creators, this was bound to happen:
      • Dr. Wily was originally in the Bad-Anon support group, but he was removed from the final film for unknown reasons.
      • Concept art of the Tapper's scene includes Glass Joe as one of the patrons.
      • Mario was originally planned to have a cameo in the movie, but according to the director Rich Moore and screenwriter Phil Johnston, they didn't know what to do with him. They thought Mario was too important for a sight gag, but couldn't come up with something that had more substance (it wasn't about the fact that using him in the movie would be expensive due to licensing fees: see God Never Said That).note  Mario does get mentioned in the movie.
        Felix: I'll bet that's Mario! Fashionably late, per the norm.
    • The eponymous Tron didn't make the cut, despite being a Disney character himself, largely for the same reason as the brothers. TRON is, however, one of the games accessible from Game Central Station. It's to be hoped that, if Tron appears in a speaking role in the sequel, they get Bruce Boxleitner to voice him.
    • Originally, Felix was the lead character with Ralph as the supporting one. They were two video game sidekicks who traveled into the other games together in order to become heroes and Ralph himself was hairier and more Donkey Kong-esque. This shifted around as Ralph became a more interesting viewpoint for the story and they realized how Ralph and Vanellope's big brother/little sister dynamic might appear to be recycling Monsters, Inc..
    • Q*bert's role as a homeless character was originally written for Taizo Hori from Dig Dug, but Namco took offense. Taizo still appears in the final film, getting out of Ralph's way in Game Central Station, which was also meant to be more grimy and run down, similar in appearance to the back alleys of Los Angeles, but the crew felt it be more appropriate if Game Central Station looked more like the real Grand Central Terminal in New York.
    • King Candy was originally intended to have a slightly different role in earlier drafts. Though he would still attempt to stop Vanellope from racing because he had usurped her throne, he and Turbo were different characters, with King Candy merely being The Dragon. According to deleted scene commentary Candy was originally going to redeem himself once everything hit its worst, leaving Turbo as the true Big Bad.
    • A fourth game was proposed for the script called Extreme E-Z Livin' 2, which would've been a mix of Grand Theft Auto and The Sims. Instead of going back to the Fix-It Felix Jr. game to show off his medal, Ralph would've gone there instead with a native of that game as his guide that he met while being in the Hero's Duty jail cell. While enjoying the recreational facilities in the sim game, Ralph realizes that Vanellope is more important than the medal, bails out, and heads back to Sugar Rush. This sequence was even taken to the storyboard phase before the team eventually scrapped it because it seemed to drag the plot in an unnecessary direction, and added 20 minutes to the already-90-minute-long film. Moore hinted that they may include it if a sequel is produced.
    • Sgt. Calhoun was originally planned as male, but Rich Moore thought that the character would be boring that way and thus the sarge became a woman.
    • If going by the defictionalized arcade machine back at that year's D23 con, the design of Niceland Apartments was more bland, and Fix-It Felix Jr.'s design makes him look like a Captain Ersatz of Mario. By the time we saw the first trailer, the apartment's design became more intricate and Felix is redesigned to be a lot more distinct to the person who seems to have inspired him.
    • Minor character Candlehead was initially named "Minty Zaki" before that name was given to another racer (initially named "Emmareld") later in development. Other racers' names were also changed around, with Rancis Fluggerbutter's original intended name being "Peterbelly Buttercap".
    • Disney asked for permission to use Dragon's Lair characters, but Don Bluth turned them down. The cabinet still appears in the arcade though. The Jawbreaker Canyon scene in the race is very reminiscent of a Dragon's Lair level, the one with the bowling balls.
    • Joe Jump and Reboot Ralph, the prototypes of the film, had more focus on game jumping and were apparently more like Who Framed Roger Rabbit (except for video games), though the main character's dissatisfaction for his role still persists.
    • Concept art for the Tapper sequence features additional Nintendo references: Glass Joe is seen as a customer in one drawing showing an early version of how Ralph hears about Hero's Duty and the Lost and Found box included the Master Sword and a Piranha Plant.
    • There were numerous scrapped Sugar Rush racers from the concept art, including a witch racer who drove Gloyd's cart, a Girl Scout racer, and a baby racer driving a cart made from a slice of birthday cake. Among the unused concepts was a car driven by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit of all people.
    • In test screenings, it was Chun-Li acting as the DJ to the party instead of Skrillex.
    • Dr. Eggman was supposed to speak during the villains' meeting; since Eggman's normal voice actor, Mike Pollock, was apparently not informed about Eggman's role here, Jim Cummings- who voiced Robotnik in Sonic Sat AM (and the workprint pilot of Adventures)- recorded lines that were ultimately cut.
    • Ralph originally looked more like a furry monster than a human, as seen here.
    • King Candy was supposed to have a Villain Song, but this was cut.
  • The Wiki Rule: Here is the wikia site for the movie. There is also a Fanon Wiki.
  • Word of God: Achieving the Nicelanders' deliberately choppy animations was much harder than it looked, as the animators, who were trained to make graphics and animation as smooth and cutting edge as possible, were suddenly asked to downgrade the quality of their work in order to achieve the retro-looking effect.
  • Working Title: Was originally called High Score, Reboot Ralph and Joe Jump. (Though it should be noted that those versions of the film, other than involving video game characters, had somewhat different premises).


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