The new trailer for Wreck-It Ralph is here — a movie which I’m under the impression might not be a Pixar film, just a regular Disney one — and it’s still cute, if not as joy-inducing as the first, probably because we’ve seen all the videogame cameos already. I have two thoughts, though: 1) While I found the trailer less effective overall, was anyone else kind of weirdly touched by the phrase “for anyone who needs a restart on life”? That hit me right in my nerd emotion gland for some reason. 2) Assuming this movie’s primary audience is children, which as a Disney movie I believe it is, what kid is going to have anyone idea who or what the @#$% Q-Bert is? As a older nerd, I appreciate the cameo, but that’s got to be a tough sell to kids. “Wait a second. You’re telling me that was an old videogame? About an orange ball-thing who can’t talk right jumping around on a pyramid? No offense, old person, but your videogames were dumb as shit.” And then I have to beat them while telling them about the awesomeness of Pitfall II. I’m expecting problems, is all. (Via First Showing)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.