This week animated Disney feature Wreck-it Ralph comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray. The movie boasts a huge cast of comedians, including John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, and more, all as various video game characters living inside their respective arcade games. Everything's okay until one day bad guy Ralph (voiced by Reilly) decides to leave his game in search of something more. The movie is charming and intricate, there are a lot of cameos from famous video game characters (and Skrillex), and also it's probably the only movie you can watch an 8-bit Jack McBrayer fall in love [...]
"[Writing a Choose Your Own Adventure] is very much like writing a video game, and weirdly enough it was very much like writing remotes for Letterman"
- Fred Graver, my guest on this week's Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show
Other things I discuss with Fred in this episode:
- What it was like writing for Letterman in the 80's when he was still finding his voice.
- The challenges of writing a Choose Your Own Adventure novel (#35 – Journey to Stonehenge, pictured above).
- The difficulty of writing for In Living Color and the joy of writing for Cheers.
- How he ended up spending two years in the 90's at [...]
Seth Rogen is producing a spy comedy currently in-development at Disney, and he might also star in it. It's about "a top secret agent being kidnapped, leaving his tech support team and researchers to rescue him." Would Rogen play the top secret agent? Probably not. The tech support team? A researcher? WE JUST DON'T KNOW. Oh my gosh, I can already tell this movie is gonna be super suspenseful!