We're big fans of Pixar here at GeekExchange, but I don't think I could be more excited about a non-Pixar Disney animated feature than this fall's Wreck-It Ralph. Beyond the stellar cast (John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, and more), the film boasts an amazing soundtrack featuring music artists Skrillex, AKB48, Owl City, and Buckner & Garcia that compliment a score by composer Henry Jackman. Of special interest to me in that line-up is the inclusion of Buckner & Garcia, who old school gamers will remember as being the music duo behind the hit song "Pac-Man Fever" back in the early 80s. They produced an album that was nothing but novelty songs about classic arcade games, including Centipede, Frogger, Asteroids, Defender, Donkey Kong, and lots more. It was one of the first vinyls I ever owned and played incessantly. I loved it, but I was also a weird kid.
Director Rich Moore had this to say about the musical choices made for this film:
“When it came to the music of ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ we wanted to work with some really talented artists and I love that they aren’t necessarily the people audiences expect to hear in a Disney animated movie. But when they hear the music and how it supports the story and drives the emotion, they’ll say, ‘This is perfect.’
Walt Disney was a pioneer when it came to music. What sounds like classics to us now — Ukulele Ike in ‘Pinocchio,’ Peggy Lee in ‘Lady and the Tramp’ — were very unexpected choices.”
While it doesn’t contain any of the new music that I can tell, there are plenty of classic tracks along with some newer hits in the latest trailer for Wreck-It Ralph.
Wreck-It Ralph arrives only in theaters November, 2, 2012.
The Wreck-It Ralph soundtrack will be available from Walt Disney Records on Oct 30, 2012.