Disney’s next animated feature, “Wreck-It Ralph,” has hit all the right video-game nostalgia notes for me so far. Featuring characters from classic franchises such as Street Fighter, Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and even Super Mario Bros., it’s basically a who’s-who of my childhood.
To ignite even more of those nostalgic feelings, composer Henry Jackman (Winnie the Pooh, X-Men: First Class) researched arcade games and incorporated their classic sounds into the film’s score, bringing the arcade and its individual games to life. This just solidifies my need to buy the soundtrack asap.
While director Rich Moore loves what Jackman has brought to the film, he wanted to accent it with some additional artists. “When it came to the music of ‘Wreck-It Ralph,'” said Moore, “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.'”
And which artists did Moore have in mind? AKB48.
AKB48 will be featured in the video game “Sugar Rush,” which is described as a candy-coated cart-racing game in a land of sweets. Producer Clark Spencer said, “We’ve always thought of Sugar Rush – with its nod to anime – as a game that may have originated in Japan. So we went to Japan and got the hottest J-pop group to perform the song that really sets the tone for the ‘90s-era cart-racing game: young and hip.”
The girls weren’t the only artists Disney brought in. Both Skrillex and Owl City will be producing tracks for the soundtrack. Buckner & Garcia, who are behind the 80’s pop-hit “Pac-Man Fever,” were tapped to write a new song for “Wreck-It Ralph” as well.
This isn’t the first time Disney has tapped a Japanese music artist for one of their film’s soundtracks. Cars 2 featured a track by Perfume.
‘Wreck-It Ralph’ will hit theaters on November 2, 2012 and the soundtrack will be available on October 30, 2012.
Click past the break to watch the latest trailer for “Wreck-It Ralph,” and count how many video game characters you recognized. (There are over 188 character cameos throughout the movie.)
Also, check out the latest Japanese trailer, complete with new scenes not found in the American trailers.