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Wreck-It Ralph
Theatrical release poster depicting Ralph along with various video game characters
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rich Moore
Produced by Clark Spencer
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Rich Moore
  • Phil Johnston
  • Jim Reardon
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography Rob Dressel
Editing by Tim Mertens
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date(s) October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29) (El Capitan Theatre)
November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02) (United States)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $165 million
Money made $471.2 million

Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 52nd Disney animated feature film. The film was directed by Rich Moore, who also directed episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama, and the screenplay was written by Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee from a story by Moore, Johnston, and Jim Reardon. John Lasseter served as the executive producer. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch and tells the story of the eponymous arcade game villain who rebels against his "bad-guy" role and dreams of becoming a hero.

Wreck-It Ralph premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on October 29, 2012, and went into general release on November 2. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $471 million worldwide against a $165 million budget and winning the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, as well as receiving nominations for the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 5, 2013.

It is the first installment in the Wreck-It Ralph film series. A sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, was released on November 21, 2018.


When Litwak's Family Fun Center & Arcade closes at night, the various video game characters leave their normal in-game roles and socialize in a power strip. Wreck-It Ralph, the antagonist of the game Fix-It Felix Jr., is ostracized by its other characters for being the game's villain, while the titular hero Felix is praised and awarded medals. After the game's inhabitants exclude Ralph from their thirtieth anniversary party, he sets out to earn a medal for himself to gain his neighbors' respect. Felix worries that Ralph has "gone Turbo" – a term coined when notorious racing game character Turbo attempted to take over RoadBlasters out of jealousy, which resulted in both of their games being unplugged.

Ralph learns he can obtain a medal from the first-person shooter, Hero's Duty. After disrupting a game session, Ralph scales the game's central beacon and obtains a medal, only to hatch a Cy-Bug, a dangerous enemy. Ralph and the Cy-Bug stumble into an escape pod, which is launched out of the game, and crash land in Sugar Rush, a confectionery-themed kart racing game. With Ralph missing, his game is labelled as malfunctioning and faces being unplugged. Felix ventures to Hero's Duty and allies with the game's heroine, Sergeant Calhoun, to find Ralph and the Cy-Bug.

A young girl, Vanellope von Schweetz, steals Ralph's medal to buy her way into the nightly race that determines which characters are playable the next day, but King Candy, the ruler of Sugar Rush, forbids her from racing because she has glitches that cause her to teleport erratically. Ralph reluctantly agrees to work with Vanellope to retrieve his medal and help her win a race. They build a kart and hide out at Diet Cola Mountain, an unfinished race track, where Ralph teaches her to drive. King Candy hacks the game's code to obtain Ralph's medal, and offers it to Ralph in exchange for preventing Vanellope from racing. He explains that if Vanellope wins, she will become playable and falsely tells Ralph her glitches will lead to Sugar Rush being unplugged; unable to leave the game because of her glitch, Vanellope will be left to die while King Candy and his subjects become homeless in the arcade. Ralph, foolishly believing King Candy, reluctantly agrees and destroys Vanellope's kart. Heartbroken, she declares he "really is a bad guy" and runs off distraught. Upon returning to his game, which has been evacuated in anticipation of it being unplugged the next morning, Ralph notices Vanellope's image on the side of the Sugar Rush cabinet and realizes she was meant to be a playable character until King Candy had apparently disconnected her code to render her a glitch, and erased all of the other characters' memories of her, resulting in her becoming a hated outcast.

Meanwhile, Felix and Calhoun search Sugar Rush for Ralph. Felix falls in love with Calhoun, but she abandons him when he inadvertently reminds her of her late fiancé who was murdered by a Cy-Bug on their wedding day. Felix is later imprisoned in King Candy's castle, but Ralph frees him and Vanellope, and Felix repairs the kart. Calhoun discovers a swarm of Cy-Bug eggs underground, which hatch and start attacking the game.

Vanellope participates in the race, but is attacked by King Candy. Vanellope's glitch causes him to be unmasked as Turbo, who took over Sugar Rush and displaced Vanellope as the main character. Vanellope glitches to escape Turbo, who is then eaten by a Cy-Bug. Ralph, Felix, and Calhoun evacuate the game, but Vanellope is trapped due to her glitches. When Calhoun points out that the Cy-Bugs can be attracted and destroyed by a beacon of light as in Hero's Duty, Ralph decides to make Diet Cola Mountain erupt, replicating the beacon. Ralph is confronted by Turbo, now fused with the Cy-Bug that devoured him. Ralph makes the mountain erupt and falls into its depths to sacrifice himself, but Vanellope saves him using her glitching ability. The eruption lures and permanently destroys the Cy-Bugs and Turbo.

Vanellope crosses the finish line, rebooting Sugar Rush and restoring her status and memory as Princess Vanellope, the main character of the game, but keeps her glitching ability. Ralph and Felix return home and their game is spared. Felix and Calhoun marry. Vanellope gains popularity as a playable character, and a content Ralph gains respect from his fellow characters.

Voice cast

  • John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph, the villain of Fix-It Felix, Jr.
  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a racer/glitch in Sugar Rush
  • Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix, Jr., the hero of Fix-It Felix Jr.
  • Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun, the lead character of Hero's Duty
  • Alan Tudyk as King Candy, the fake ruler of Sugar Rush/Turbo, the former star racer of TurboTime and a revenge seeker for the arcade.
  • Mindy Kaling as Taffyta Muttonfudge, a racer in Sugar Rush
  • Joe Lo Truglio as Markowski, the drunk soldier from Hero's Duty
  • Dennis Haysbert as General Hologram, a general in Hero's Duty
  • Jamie Elman as Rancis Fluggerbutter
  • Stefanie Scott as Moppet Girl, a young arcade enthusiast
  • Adam Carolla as Wynnchel, Sugar Rush security
  • Horatio Sanz as Duncan, Sugar Rush security
  • Raymond Persi as Gene, a Nicelander who lives in the game Fix-It Felix, Jr.
  • Edie McClurg as Mary, a Nicelander who lives in the game Fix-It Felix, Jr.
  • Rachael Harris as Deanna, a Nicelander who lives in the game Fix-It Felix, Jr.
  • Ed O'Neill as Mr. Litwak, owner of Litwak's Family Fun Center & Arcade
  • Skrillex as DJ
  • Kyle Hebert as Ryu from Street Fighter
  • Reuben Langdon as Ken Masters from Street Fighter
  • Gerald C. Rivers as M. Bison from Street Fighter
  • Roger Craig Smith as Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Maurice LaMarche as the bartender from Tapper
  • Jamie Sparer Roberts as Yuni Verse from Dance Dance Revolution


The film's score was composed by Henry Jackman.


Track listing

All music composed by Henry Jackman (except 1–6).

No. Title Artist Length
1. "When Can I See You Again?"   Owl City 3:38
2. "Wreck-It, Wreck-It Ralph"   Buckner & Garcia 2:59
3. "Celebration"   Kool & the Gang 3:40
4. "Sugar Rush"   AKB48 3:14
5. "Bug Hunt (Noisia Remix)"   Skrillex 7:04
6. "Shut Up and Drive"   Rihanna 3:32
7. "Wreck-It Ralph"     1:33
8. "Life in the Arcade"     0:43
9. "Jumping Ship"     1:06
10. "Rocket Fiasco"     5:48
11. "Vanellope von Schweetz"     2:57
12. "Royal Raceway"     3:23
13. "Cupcake Breakout"     1:12
14. "Candy Vandals"     1:39
15. "Turbo Flashback"     1:42
16. "Laffy Taffies"     1:35
17. "One Minute to Win It"     1:17
18. "Vanellope's Hideout"     2:33
19. "Messing with the Program"     1:20
20. "King Candy"     2:11
21. "Broken-Karted"     2:49
22. "Out of the Penthouse, Off to the Race"     2:51
23. "Sugar Rush Showdown"     4:15
24. "You're My Hero"     4:16
25. ""Arcade Finale"     3:19
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