Cast your mental browsers back exactly one year and one month to a little story on HeyUGuys which updated release dates for a couple of Disney films, namely Winnie the Pooh and a long gestating project which started out life as Joe Jump.

Sam Levine originally had the Joe Jump project, which was rumoured by revolve around a forgotten 8-bit video game character trying to ‘make his way’ in the modern world, but found itself on the shelf only to be dusted down and given a release date of the 22nd of March 2013 by Disney. Rich Moore was announced as the new director and barely anything of the Joe Jump Levine was working on made it through the change of director. The premise was rumoured to be roughly the same but 3D was mentioned for the first time and now we have an update with cast, crew and a decent synopsis.

Described in the  press release from Disney as “a hilarious, video-game-hopping journey in “Wreck-It Ralph,” the story of an arcade game Bad Guy determined to prove he can be a Good Guy” which actually sounds less u that I thought it would be. The director however goes on to explain a little bit more about what we’ll see in the film,

I love the idea of a very simple 8-bit video game character struggling with the complex question: ‘isn’t there more to life than the role I’ve been assigned?’ In his quest for the answer, we journey with our hero through three visually distinct video game worlds. It’s unlike anything anyone’s seen before, and I’m thrilled to be to creating it here at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The cast has also been announced and the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch will be on hand to carry Joe Jump/Reboot Ralph/Wreck-It Ralph to the big screen. Finally.
Here’s a press release, courtesy of Coming Soon,
Wreck-It Ralph (voice of Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan—win a medal—but soon wrecks everything, and accidently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Silverman), a young troublemaking “glitch” from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it’s “Game Over” for the entire arcade? 

I can’t wait to see the artwork for the film, presumably the ‘Wreck-It’ of the title hints at the game the character is known for. Given Sam Levine’s penchant for pixel art it seems fairly certainly that this will end up somewhere in the mix.