Jim Henson and Kermit Statue

Disney’s Next Animated Movie…Is About An 8-Bit Arcade Character!

Thanks to both First Showing.Net and Io9 for the heads up on this exciting news from the D23 Expo!

Disney’s next animated movie scheduled to hit theaters November 2012 just happens to deal with an 8-Bit Donkey Kong type villain named Wreck-It Ralph. Check out the arcade cabinet that Disney presented at the Expo…

The reports of the 4 minutes of footage from the D23 Expo state that Asteroids is mentioned as well as one of the ghosts from Pac-Man making an appearance at a support group for 8-Bit villains entitled, Bad-Anon where their motto is “One game at a time.”.

Disney has released an official description of the movie:
“Wreck-It Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack 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 Jane 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 Sarah 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?”

The Rocketeer 20th Anniversary Screening At The El Capitan!

A huge thank you to Mr. Beaks over at Ain’t It Cool News for this bit of information and more, make sure to follow the link above for a chance to win two tickets to the screening of the Rocketeer and the Q & A moderated by Kevin Smith with Joe Johnston, Bill Campbell, Rick Baker, Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, and William Stout! Follow that link quick though because the screening…is tomorrow night, Tuesday June 21st!!

Obviously that doesn’t give you much time as Mr. Beaks himself was just made the offer today, but not only do you have the chance to see the late great Dave Stevens’s most famous character again on the big screen but the official Disney Fan Club (D23) and Creature Features are going to be offering some very beautiful Rocketeer 20th Anniversary Merchandise!

Make sure to click that link to see more of the exclusive merchandise they will be offering tomorrow night! I would so love to able to attend this screening…sigh…if one of you lucky visitors to our site gets to go, do me a favor, when Dave Stevens makes his appearance in the film as an unlucky Nazi rocket test pilot, clap all the harder for me, because at least I’ll be there in spirit.

Disney’s D23 Armchair Archivisits: Tron

Can you feel that excitement in the air? That is the retro juggernaut Tron Legacy coming to us in two more weeks! The D23 YouTube channel has brought a new and all Tron specific episode. Watch the video below to see some really amazing things from the Disney Archives!

A big thanks to the Retroist for sending me the link. That Electronica event looks amazing, just to be able to play the classic arcade games again would be satisfying enough!