‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Explains Why Mario Won’t Make An Appearance

Todd Rigney - Author

Oct. 19 2016, Updated 11:15 p.m. ET

Director Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph appears to take a very loving look at the world of video games. Although a number of iconic characters make an appearance in the upcoming feature, one plumber in particular is reportedly missing from the storyline. According to Kotaku, Mario and his brother Luigi apparently won’t be making a cameo in the film.

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In order to keep fanboys from crying foul and boycotting the film, producer explained Mario’s absence to the folks at Total Film. “The hard thing was, we were trying to work out the right way to use a character like Mario,” he explained. “It had to be organic to the film, we didn’t want to just paste him in there. For Bowser, it made perfect sense for him to be a member of the Bad Anon group. For Mario himself we couldn’t think of the right way to incorporate him into the film, and so we didn’t do it.”

To keep certain video game companies happy, producers of Wreck-It Ralph had to adhere to a very specific set of rules. If the filmmakers didn’t follow orders to the letter, they ran the risk of not being able to use the characters completely.

“We had a scene where we wanted the rings to come out of Sonic, and SEGA said the only way that happens is if he falls over, and we didn’t have him fall over in the scene, so we actually went back and re-animated it,” he explained.

Since Wreck-It Ralph has its roots in the video game industry, it’s only natural that the movie would have a tie-in. According to Gamespot, the official Wreck-It Ralph video game will be released for the Wii, DS, and 3DS. Instead of portraying scenes from the movie, the title will reportedly be an extension of the story.

Are you looking forward to Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph? Can you live with the fact that Mario and Luigi won’t make an appearance in the film?


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