Director Rich Moore didn't have to do much research before starting production on Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, the ultimate movie for indulging childhood video game nostalgia. The gamer-turned-animator-turned-director, best known for his work on The Simpsons and Futurama, was developing a story inspired by video games long before Wreck-It Ralph became a reality.
"When I was in college, I was already doing research for Ralph. I could see how a video game could be adapted into a movie — how you could take this story and this world and expand on it and create a film out of it," Rich told us in a recent interview.
Spearheading Wreck-It Ralph, which includes countless cameos from iconic video games, was a dream come true for Rich, who was able to incorporate characters he loved as a kid into the movie. "When I got word that Nintendo gave the OK for Bowser, the movie changed for me," Rich revealed. "It was like hearing that Robert De Niro was going to be in the film. A lot of the animators were like, 'OMG!'"
So, what were the games that inspired the director of the Oscar-nominated, Critics' Choice Award-winning animated film? We asked, and Rich answered. Click on to find out the director's top five games of all time and watch two deleted scenes from the Wreck-It Ralph 3D Blu-Ray Collector's edition, available on March 5.