I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.
Wreck-It Ralph may be really good at wrecking, and Fix-It Felix really good at fixing, but Disney had been working on a video game movie since the late 80s without success. Starting as High Score, and then Joe Jump, it would be 2008 when the project would finally be "rebooted" as Reboot Ralph. At one point Ralph wasn't even the lead character, it was Felix.
But then they realised that following the story of the bad guy, and his journey to redemption, was actually a lot more interesting that following the good guy. Wreck-It Ralph was born, and to legitimise his world, they decided to contact video game companies to licence actual characters for Litwak's Arcade, which went surprisingly well - everyone wanted on board - Nintendo, Sega, Capcom etc. Over 180 characters later, they didn't just have a movie, they had a universe.
They also had a remarkably sweet and brilliant story about just being yourself, not letting others define you, and a reminder that difference is a powerup.
A playable version of Fix-It Felix Jr is available at https://kbhgames.com/game/fix-it-felix-jr
The Who Framed Roger Rabbit episode of The Rewind Movie Podcast is available here
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