I didn’t think Wreck-It Ralph could get any better, but then I saw this stunning live-action short and fell in love all over again. For the 2013 Virgin Radio Fake Film Festival, YouTube sketch group Megasteakman has painstakingly recreated the tale of video game bad-guy Ralph and glitchy Vanellope von Schweetz shrugging off their outcast personas, translating the cartoon using spot-on human actors. The twist? They cohesively retell the entire story in just one minute flat.
Considering they describe themselves as “cinematic sketch comedy for video game and film lovers,” it’s no wonder that Megasteakman (headed by Kial Natale) took on this project. What’s incredible is how well they matched up flesh-and-blood humans to the CGI characters—King Candy and Jane Lynch’s Calhoun especially!—and recreated some of the movie’s most harrowing scenes.
But aside from the excitement of the various gamescapes, this video is heavy on the feels, you guys. I unabashedly cried several times when I saw Wreck-It Ralph in theaters, and more than once while watching this video I experienced a shiver of recognition. But seeing it wrapped up in a neat little package, you’re also reminded of the utter joy brought on by the racing scenes through the candy world.
Warning: If you haven’t seen Wreck-It Ralph yet, this will definitely spoil it for you.
Megasteakman is competing with other live-action, 60-second movie remakes for a $10,000 prize—but I think they clearly have it in the bag! The first round of voting ends today, so fingers crossed they make it into the top 25.
[via The Mary Sue]
Natalie Zutter is a playwright, foodie, and the co-creator of Leftovers, a webcomic about food trucks in the zombie apocalypse. Her writing has appeared on Ology and Crushable, where she discusses celebrity culture alongside internet memes (or vice versa). Weekly you can find her commenting on pop culture on KoPoint’s podcast AFK On Air, calling in to the Hunger Games Fireside Chat podcast, reviewing new releases at Movie Mezzanine, and on Twitter.