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Monday
Nov052012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Wreck-It Ralph - Double U Dee's Hidden Mickey & Hidden Disney

Wreck-It Ralph, the 52nd animated feature from Walt Disney Studios, famously features dozens of arcade game character cameos. Sticking true to Disney Animation's tradition of hidden gags and inside jokes, Wreck-It Ralph also contains several Disney-themed Easter Eggs and at least one Hidden Mickey.

A Double U Dee's Billboard Hidden Mickey from Disney's Wreck-It Ralph (2012) © Walt Disney Animation

A full picture of Mickey Mouse has been hidden on a cleverly worded billboard for Double U Dee's or WD's for Walt Disney. Found in external shots of the arcade, the billboard is located just behind the red-roofed Litwak's Family Fun Center.

A lost Bolt appears on a bulletin board flyer, visible during the Bad Guys Anonymous meeting - Wreck-It Ralph (2012) © Walt Disney Animation

A bit of Hidden Disney appears during Ralph's first Bad Guys Anonymous meeting. The lost dog flyer posted in the Bad Anon meeting room is a nod to Walt Disney's Bolt (2008), a reference to the flyers Penny made while her beloved American Shepherd was missing.

Tiny the Tyrannosaurus Rex from Disney's Meet the Robinsons (2007) makes a random dinosaur cameo in Wreck-It Ralph (2012) © Walt Disney Animation

Most of Wreck-It Ralph's character cameos take place in the busy and bustling Game Central Station. Mixed in with video game icons are a few Hidden Disney references, including Tiny the Tyrannosaurus Rex from Meet the Robinsons (2007). One of the Bowler Hat Guy's ill-conceived henchmen, Tiny's enormous body and small arms weren't very useful while trying to grab Lewis, the little pre-teen inventor.

Played at the very end of the credits, the Wreck-It Ralph kill screen pays homage to Pac-Man and 80s arcade games. © Walt Disney Animation

Keep those eyes open for more Hidden Disney and stay to the end of the credits for a little surprise. Wreck-It Ralph has one last game inspired bit of bonus content, as the movie ends with a Pac-Man-style kill screen. Due to hardware limitations, glitches or programming errors, elite gamers learned certain arcade games from the 80s had kill screens instead of proper endings. The famed Pac-Man bomb screen appeared as the game's 256th level, since the system's limited processing could only account for values 0-255. Since kill screens could only be reached after hours of gameplay, some developers left them in the code and hardcore gamers sought them out as badges of honor.

Reader Comments (8)

I was happy when I found my first hidden mickey all by myself! It was Cinderella and Belle walking in the game central Station. They're on the right just chit chatting with prince charming.
November 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarahb
Look at the sign one of the Q-bert characters is holding. Also a sign by a door, Ralph is near. Also, look at a lot of the pictures on the wall in the tavern's hall...Possibly Animators? And also look around Venelope's collectibles in her makeshift little room. :)
November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBig Fan
We're itching to get a better look at those caricatures in Tapper's. From what we've seen, several of them are famous video game characters like Sonic, Q-Bert and Street Fighter's Chun Li.
November 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterAdmin
In that "crash" screen after the credits I see "D23" and see "1928". 1928 was the year Mickey first appears so could this be yet another hidden Mickey?
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterm p
When Vanellope is wearing her princess outfit, some of the sprinkles in her hair form a classic hidden Mickey
January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrielle
in one of the photos it says happy 5th b rthday svzy, maybe thats one of the animators daughters
January 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjackson
I notice in the Game central station you can see the back side of a Viking character, could this be from How to Train your Dragon?? (around the same time you see the T-Rex)
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Hi Heather, the "viking" is actually Vladimir, one of the Snuggly Duckling THUGS from TANGLED.
September 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterAdmin

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