There was a lot for Rich Moore to be proud of about Wreck-It Ralph, given that the film struck a chord with audiences. But speaking to Game Informer, Moore noted that his biggest source of pride was how Wreck-It Ralph resonated with moviegoers, despite not being a traditional Disney film in many ways. It wasn’t based on a popular storybook story like “Snow White” or “Cinderella,” and in a massive departure from most Disney animation, there were no musical numbers to be found. It’s easy to imagine an outcome where the lack of these Disney staples would have deterred audiences from even giving “Wreck-It Ralph” a chance.
Instead, audiences around the world flocked to “Wreck-It Ralph,” as evidenced by the massive box office earnings. Moore attributed this to the pathos of Wreck-It Ralph, as well as the compelling characters in its story, not to mention a fictional world that captured the imagination of moviegoers of all ages. That would have been satisfying under any circumstances, but to see all of this happening with a film that eschewed Disney animation norms was incredibly exciting for Moore. For him, Wreck-It Ralph expanded what audiences could come to expect and enjoy from a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. No wonder Moore was particularly proud of “Wreck-It Ralph.”