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Fix It, Felix!

TFK chats with Jack McBrayer from Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, in theaters November 2

November 02, 2012
DISNEY

Fix It Felix, Jr. can fix anything broken with his golden hammer in the game Fix It Felix, Jr.

Go behind the scenes at the arcade in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, in theaters and 3-D November 2. The film stars the characters from a fictional 1980s arcade game called Fix It Felix, Jr. For 30 years in the game, bad-guy Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) has wrecked buildings, while good-guy Felix has fixed them with his golden hammer. When Ralph decides to leave the game to become a hero, it's up to Felix to bring him back. Click here to read TFK Kid Reporter Rylan Daniels review of Wreck-It Ralph.

TFK spoke with actor Jack McBrayer, who voices Felix, about the movie, video games and his new cartoon project.

Jack McBrayer voices Fix It Felix, Jr. in Disney's Wreck It Ralph

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Jack McBrayer voices Fix It Felix, Jr. in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph

TFK:

What's it like to be the hero of your own video game, Fix It Felix, Jr.?

MCBRAYER:

I never even expected to have a job like this, so I was happy with whatever role I was given. I loved the movie, Wreck It Ralph, and the script and the fact that I get to play Felix, Jr., from the game Fix It Felix, Jr., and [my character] lives in the same world as John C. Reilly’s character Ralph. It has been just a fantastic experience for me.

TFK:

Growing up, did you play video games?

MCBRAYER:

As a kid, we had an Atari 2600—so I’m kind of dating myself—we had Pac-Man and we had Frogger and we had Burger Time, old-school stuff. I have to be honest, I’m not real familiar with the current games that look like real life.

TFK:

Can you describe Felix and what he’s up to in the movie?

MCBRAYER:

Felix is the ultimate good guy. And he loves his job and he loves fixing things that Ralph wrecks. He just takes pride in that. He finds a little bit of trouble when Ralph decides to take his own journey that kind of leaves Felix in a lurch because he doesn’t realize until too late that he can’t fix things if Ralph isn’t wrecking them. So he forgets how much he does rely on somebody like Wreck-It Ralph.

TFK:

What do you like most or identify with most about Felix?

MCBRAYER:

We are somewhat similar in that we are very eager to please. We both take pride in our work and don’t want to cause harm in the world—just want to make it okay. I think we both share a lot of those characteristics.

TFK:

You got to work a little with John C. Reilly and Jane Lynch in the recording studio. How was that experience?

MCBRAYER:

That was amazing. First of all, the entire cast is just so immensely talented. A lot of times, with voice-over work, it’s just you and a microphone in a studio. A couple times, we had a session where I did get to be in the same room as John C. Reilly and as Jane lynch. For me, it’s more fun because you are goofing around with each other. The biggest challenge for me was just trying not to laugh and mess up some of the takes by just cracking up.

TFK:

Felix falls for Jane Lynch’s character, Sargent Calhoun, in the movie. What do you think attracts him to her?

MCBRAYER:

I think that’s an overlaying theme of opposites do attract. I think he sees a lot of things in her that he has never experienced before, and that’s exciting, new scary. Even the fact that she’s seven-feet tall and he’s two-and-a-half-feet tall, she’s in high definition and he’s in 8-bit. It is kind of true that opposites do attract.

TFK:

The movie has four worlds—Fix Felix, Jr., Hero's Duty, Game Central Station and Sugar Rush. Which is your personal favorite and why?

MCBRAYER:

Sugar Rush just looks so cool. And what I love about Game Central Station is it just brings everybody together. Hero’s Duty might have been a little too chaotic and messy for me. Fix It Felix, Jr., I do like just the order of things, and how nice and neat things can be [in the world]. I’m very OK with that.

TFK:

Felix has a catch phrase, "I can fix it!" What would your catch phrase be in your life?

MCBRAYER:

My very general one in life might be “That’ll do!” [Laughs] Sometimes what you get can be enough.

TFK:

If you were given Felix’s golden hammer to fix one broken item, what would it be?

MCBRAYER:

Well, living in New York, you see a lot of broken things, so I might put it on a bigger scale and say that I will fix America’s infrastructure. [Infrastructure is a community's basic structures and facilities, such as roads, bridges and water and power supplies.]

TFK:

Disney created a real version of the Fix It Felix, Jr. game. Have you played it?

MCBRAYER:

Yes, and I have to admit, I’m terrible at these things. I know I’m supposed to have good hand-eye coordination, and I kind of don’t, so it gets frustrating to me that I know my six-year-old nephew is going to be able to beat me at my own video game.

TFK:

What do you think kids will like most about this movie?

MCBRAYER:

For one, it’s a Disney movie, and those guys seem to know what they are doing. It’s visually spectacular. It really looks amazing. Also, they are going to recognize characters from video games they are familiar with, and they are going to be able to enjoy it with their parents, who will see some old school, more retro characters. It’s going to be a fun shared experience for families.

TFK:

You are going to voice the title character in a new Disney Channel animated show, Wander Over Yonder. Can you talk a little about it?

MCBRAYER:

I love that one. It was created by Craig McCracken, and this guy has quite a track record. He was involved in Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. I’ve always been drawn to cartoons and animation and when I was watching these [shows] on TV, I was like, “I love these. I want to work with these guys some day.” Low and behold, it happened, and Wander Over Yonder was just a very special project for me. I play Wander, this kind of interplanetary do-gooder, and it’s just so well drawn and so well written. I am thrilled to be a part of this project. I just love being a part of this Disney family right now. I never in a million years expected any of this to happen. 

Click here to read TFK Kid Reporter Rylan Daniels review of Wreck-It Ralph.


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