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Ottumwa, IA Declares November 2, 2012, “Wreck-It Ralph” Day; Interviews with John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, & Director Rich Moore


In advance of the release of Wreck-It Ralph on Friday, November 2, 2012, Ottumwa, Iowa, has declared that date to be “Wreck-It Ralph Day,” as part of the town’s celebrations of video game culture throughout the decades. A ribbon-cutting and cake-cutting ceremony will be held on November 1, 2012, at 11:15 PM.

Elsewhere, interviews have been posted with stars John C. Reilly (who plays the title character) and Sarah Silverman (who plays Vanellope Von Schweetz); the pair discuss finding their characters with the movie team, the amount of improvisation they were allowed to do in the film, their favorite video games, and more. Director Rich Moore has also been interviewed at Forbes, detailing the licensing of all the cameo video game characters in the movie and creating the actual video game tie-ins to the movie; he also discusses the possibility of a sequel and potential directions one could take.

The full press release about “Wreck-It Ralph Day” follows:



Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Film “Wreck-It Ralph”

Joins Ottumwa Citizens in Celebrating the World of Video Games

OTTUMWA, IOWA — OCTOBER 31, 2012 — Disney’s hilarious arcade-game-hopping adventure “Wreck-It Ralph” will be getting red-carpet treatment in the Video Game Capital of the World, as the Mayor of Ottumwa issues a PROCLAMATION, declaring Friday, November 2, 2012, to be “Wreck-It Ralph Day” in Ottumwa, Iowa.

The Proclamation will be unveiled by Mayor Frank Flanders during ribbon-cutting and cake-cutting ceremonies at the Ottumwa 8 Theatre, on Thursday, November 1 at 11:15 p.m. The event will be attended by many of Ottumwa’s civic, societal and business leaders, as well as by video game fans from around the region.

Mayor Flanders said, “Ottumwa has long been a cultural crossroads for the global video game culture and it’s important for the City of Ottumwa to lend public support to Disney’s creative efforts to produce an animated film that uplifts and nourishes the human spirit as well as celebrates the video game industry’s positive contributions to society.”

Famous for being one of the few municipalities in the world that supports the worldwide video game culture, Ottumwa asks that its Citizens celebrate this Day of Civic Observance, appreciating ”Wreck-It Ralph” as a film that champions the positive, uplifting aspects of the global video game culture through a warm-hearted, family oriented film. “This may be the only instance in the world of a City celebrating a video game movie premiere on an official civic level,” said Walter Day, Twin Galaxies Founder and member of the board of directors of the International Video Game Hall of Fame & Museum.

Known for its unique video game legacy, Ottumwa is considered the birthplace of organized video game playing. The city was the site of a legendary photograph published in LIFE Magazine in January, 1983, that captured on film a gathering of history’s first video game superstars. And, in January, 1983, ABC-TV’s “That’s Incredible” filmed history’s first video game world championship in Ottumwa.

In addition to being the birthplace of organized gaming, Ottumwa was the original hometown of the Twin Galaxies Scoreboard and the US National Video Game Team, two organizations founded in the early 1980s that still exist today.

In 2010, the Citizens of Ottumwa launched a project to create the official International Video Game Hall of Fame & Museum in Ottumwa, a project still under development. Ottumwa’s history as a cultural crossroads for the global video game culture has been the subject of many feature documentary films, among them: “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” and “Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade.”

On November 30, 1982, Ottumwa Mayor Jerry Parker declared Ottumwa the Video Game Capital of the World. On March 19, 1983, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad joined Atari Games and the Washington, DC-based Amusement Game Manufacturers Assn. (AGMA) in Ottumwa, Iowa to declare the city the “Video Game Capital.

For more information, contact Frank Flanders, Ottumwa City Mayor, at (641) 683-0600, or by email at flandersf@ci.ottumwa.ia.us


From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore comes “Wreck-It Ralph,” a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day—but can he do it in time? Rated PG by the MPAA, “Wreck-It Ralph” crashes onto the big screen on November 2, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. For more information, visitDisney.com/wreck-it-ralph, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WreckItRalph and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/disneyanimation.

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