JACK MCBRAYERJANE LYNCH BIOJAJjjack mcbrayeris an Emmy® nominee for portraying Kenneth Parcell on the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed series “30 Rock” for NBC. He starred in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” opposite Jason Segel, directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow for Universal. McBrayer also appeared opposite Will Ferrell in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” directed and written by Adam McKay and produced by Judd Apatow for Columbia Pictures. He was recently seen opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in “The Campaign,” directed by Jay Roach for Warner Bros., and will next be seen opposite Bill Hader in “The To Do List” for CBS Films, and “They Came Together” with Paul Rudd and directed by David Wain for Lionsgate. McBrayer’s animated film and television voice credits include “Despicable Me” for Universal, “The Simpsons” on Fox and “Archer” on FX.
Who is Fix-It Felix Jr.?
Fix-It Felix Jr. is just the ultimate good guy star of the Fix-It Felix Jr. game, an old-time 8-bit game from the 1980s. He lives in the world of Niceland and every day—day in, day out—he fixes what Ralph destroys. He thrives because he is rewarded every single time he does it.
He loves doing good and he loves his job. It’s what he knows. He’s a great contrast to Ralph, who destroys everything, but Ralph wants to change, so they have to find a middle ground in their relationship, which is actually pretty relatable.
Why should people see “Wreck-It Ralph”?
I hope that audiences are entertained by what “Wreck-It Ralph” has to offer. It’s such a super fun cast with these well-written characters, and it’s a world that we haven’t really seen before. It’s so fun to see all these characters mish-mashed together and to see how they interact. And I think for that reason, just about everybody will find a lot to latch onto, enjoy and take away to tell their friends.
I think that a lot of different kinds of people will enjoy this movie because it is in the world of video games with games from the 8-bit of the 1980s all the way up to the first-person shoot-‘em games that people play right now. People from all over the world who have fond memories of the early days of video games, plus those who are into ‘em right now will come together in perfect harmony.
Who does Felix encounter in his quest to bring Ralph back to their game?
Sergeant Calhoun lives in the world of Hero’s Duty and she means business. Hero’s Duty is one of the more current high-tech video games, so I think when Felix meets Calhoun, there’s this immediate fascination because she is so different than he is on so many levels. She’s aggressive, no-nonsense and multidimensional.
Are you a fan of video games?
I’m 1,000 years old, so the video games that we played were from Atari—or if you had rich neighbor friends with all the cool games. We did have one version of “PAC-MAN,” but it was old school. “Pong” was just two sticks and a little cube: bonk, bonk, bonk. I liked “Frogger” and “BurgerTime.” At the arcade, I liked “Dig Dug,” “Donkey Kong” and “Dragon’s Lair.”
We used to go to the video game arcade whenever we got our report cards because they gave three tokens for every A, two tokens for a B and one for a C. It was great.
What do you think about the animation process?
I’ve always enjoyed animation. I grew up watching Disney, so it is a huge deal to be part of a Walt Disney Animation Studios movie. They’re iconic, they’re done well and they hold up. And it is interesting growing up in Macon, Georgia, seeing all these movies and never thinking in a million years that I’d be in one. So the fact that it is happening is pretty cool. The first Disney animated features I remember were “The Rescuers,” “101 Dalmatians” and “The Aristocats.” My favorite of all time would probably be “Dumbo.”
Doing voice-over work is very different from doing regular television or movie work when you can interact with human people. Most of the time, it’s just you in a studio with a microphone—directors and producers sit behind this bulletproof glass judging quietly. It’s super fun in that you have total freedom to try things as big as you want and do it as many times as you want, but it can be kind of intimidating because you could be out there selling it like a champ and feeling really good about it—but it’s just met with deafening silence because you are in a soundproof booth.
For “Wreck-It Ralph,” we were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to interact with some of the other actors. I have a lot of scenes with John C. Reilly because Fix-It Felix Jr. and Wreck-It Ralph live in the same world. It was so much fun to be in the studio with him and play off what he was delivering because it feeds the emotion.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
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, visit Disney.com/wreck-it-ralph, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WreckItRalph and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/disneyanimation.