Sugar Rush

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Sugar Rush is the arcade game that Ralph enters while flying an out of control spaceship from Hero's Duty. It is a kart racing game set on tracks made of candies, cookies and other sweets. It is where Ralph also encounters Vanellope "The Glitch" Von Schweetz. It was made into a browser-based game on Disney's website.

The ruler for most of the movie is King Candy, who is really Turbo in disguise. He ruled Sugar Rush after altering the code in which he tried to erase Vanellope's code, made himself King and Vanellope a glitch. However, to stay in power, King Candy made a law stating glitches can't race because if Vanellope ever did race and cross the finish line, the game would reset. Until Ralph's first visit to the game, he had managed to prevent Vanellope from racing for fifteen years.

In the end, Vanellope does get to race and during the race, King Candy tries to stop her by ramming his car into hers. While defending herself against King Candy (who was hitting her with a rod from his kart), she accidentally (Vanellope starts glitching nervously) reveals King Candy is really Turbo, who then tries to kill her by tipping the car over and trying to ram it into a wall. She manages to escape and Turbo accidentally drives into a Cy-Bug's open mouth, turning him into a Cy-Bug. As a Cy-Bug,  Turbo was the most powerful virus in the arcade, until he was killed by a beacon made by Ralph out of Diet Cola Mountain. After Turbo's death, Sugar Rush is reprogrammed to its original state once Vanellope crosses the finish line. She promptly regains her rightful position as a princess, but decides to convert the government into a "constitutional democracy" and becomes "President" instead.

Official Bio[edit | edit source]

"This interactive racer was a breakout hit in American arcades when it was released in 1997. Ten sweet-styled racers drive their confectionary karts around a taffy track that weaves through the ever-changing environments of the island."

Description[edit | edit source]

Sugar Rush is a kart racing game which features colourful 3D graphics. It is much like many Mario Kart games, as Power-ups can also be obtained. As it is a racing game, racers must race through large areas of sweets, candies and chocolate. The speedway itself is filled with exciting twists and turns like Gumball Gorge and Cakeway. It has many attractions like Diet Cola MountainKing Candy's Castle and the Sugar Rush Speedway. During the cy-bug attack, the Speedway gets devoured only to be returned to normal when the true ruler is revealed, Vanellope Von Schweetz.

Sugar Rush greatly resembles many Japanese-exclusive arcade games.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Playable[edit | edit source]

The game features many colourful, sugary racers to choose from (Referred to as "children of the candy corn" by Ralph). Each has a specific candy theme and a go-kart made entirely of candy, cookies, or other sweets. Inside the reality of the game itself, the racers seem to have established a sort of pecking order determined by who the best racers are.

The characters, with the exception of Vanellope and the Recolor Racers, have high standards and openly display signs of xenophobia (Intense/irrational dislike or fear of foreigners) as they show hostility towards outsiders from other games, like Wreck-It Ralph. As a result of their high standards, they also show a strong disliking towards things that have incomplete or otherwise flawed programming, like Vanellope. This could have been caused by Turbo altering the programming.

Recoloured / Alternate Racers[edit | edit source]

In addition to the primary racers that are featured frequently, there are lesser known racers in the Sugar Rush world that are simply recolours of some of the main racers. They aren't playable in the browser-based version of the game. These racers' names can be seen on the scoreboard in the background of some Sugar Rush scenes.

Citrusella is seen on the character select screen and is even doing her very own pose.

Minty Sakura[edit | edit source]

There is also Minty Sakura, who is only seen in the Japanese version of the film. Many people believed she is a re-design of Minty Zaki or Candlehead. However, it has been proven that Minty Sakura is not a re-design at all, but a character added to the Japanese dub to replace Minty Zaki and to give the film a more international feel.She has an overall Asian theme to her design, wearing Japanese pocky candy in her hair like stylized chopsticks and a kimono-like dress with leggings. Minty Sakura does drive the same car as Minty Zaki, though she is technically a completely different character.

Of course, when Minty Sakura was added to the Sugar Rush cast, the animators had to go back and edit Minty Zaki out and place Minty Sakura in. 

Non-Playable[edit | edit source]

Within the realm of Sugar Rush, there are characters who have lesser roles than the racers. These characters are usually seen attending the races as spectators or are otherwise employees/minions of King Candy.

Places of Interest[edit | edit source]

  • King Candy's Castle: Home of King Candy, his diminutive sidekick Sour Bill and his two doughnut cops Wynnchel and Duncan. It also contains a hidden chamber that leads to the game's code. It is discovered here that Vanellope was made a glitch on purpose. The Castle later becomes Vanellope's home when she regains the throne.
  • Candy Cane Forest: A forest full of red-and-white striped peppermint trees. It is a favourite hangout spot for Vanellope, as well as, where she first met Ralph. It inhabits Laffy Taffy vines and a Nesquik-Sand pit, where Felix and Calhoun almost die.
  • Diet Cola Mountain: A soda bottle-shaped volcano with a pit of boiling hot cola instead of lava. There are Mentos stalagmites that sometimes fall from the roof of the volcano, causing fizzy eruptions. Diet Cola Mountain was home to Vanellope, who lived in a secret unprogrammed hideaway inside the mountain before she moved into King Candy's former castle. The Mountain is where Ralph taught Vanellope how to drive. There is an incomplete racetrack within the mountain, suggesting that the mountain was intended to be a bonus level, but the game creators never got around to finishing it; this is confirmed by Vanellope. Outside of the mountain is where Ralph destroys Vanellope's cart.
  • Sugar Rush Speedway: A scenic race track that traverses all the environments which make up Sugar Rush. It includes power-ups and traps, as most race games contain.
  • Kart Factory: The place where all the racers' karts are made. Ralph and Vanellope break into the factory to create a kart for Vanellope. The factory serves as a mini-game within the game, where the player has to make their own kart in 1 minute. The mini-game consists of 3 parts:
Mixing: The player sorts ingredients, dumping the right items into the bowl while separating the bad ingredients (such as dirty underwear and fire hydrants) into a trash can.
Baking: The player uses an air pump to heat a large oven to the correct temperature.
Decorating: The player uses a gun to hit targets on decoration dispensers, adding the items to design a personal kart.
  • Fungeon: A prison which King Candy says is a play on words--a "fun dungeon." It is located inside King Candy's castle. Vanellope was imprisoned here at one point.
  • Junkyard: Where destroyed, worn-out, and scrapped karts are stored. Vanellope makes the Lickety-Split out of the old parts here.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The original name for Sugar Rush during production was "Candy Hollow". 
  • The game was new to the arcade (plugged in) in 1997.
  • Sugar Rush was a massively multiplayer online game from Klei Entertainment, actually.
  • The Sugar Rush Speedway machine is a twin cabinet, allowing 2 players to sit down and race, in the same vein as Outrun or Cruisin' USA
  • In the movie, only one race track is ever shown.
  • The lighting team's job of rendering the candy to look realistic and delicious was one of the most difficult jobs in the entire movie. They had to make candy models of everything, including Ralph's plane crash into the icing,  before they could animate it. 
  • Visual Development Artist Lorelay Bove was one of the main people responsible for the candy world of Sugar Rush; much of the inspiration for its design came from her trip to Barcelona and seeing the architecture of Antoni Gaudí.
  • The world of Sugar Rush is based on Japanese candy because animators wanted to create a different type of candy land than people would normally expect.
  • The game's title is also the title for the Japanese language version of the film, a song by AKB48 that appears in the film's closing credits, and the name of the browser-based game on the Disney website.
  • Sugar Rush is the location featured most prominently throughout the film and the franchise.
  • The gameplay of Sugar Rush, as well as a few of the tracks, appears to be inspired by the Mario KartF-Zero and Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing series' of racing games.
  • The game "Sugar Rush" does not exist in the real world. The development team drew inspiration from many existing game concepts and combined them for a brand new experience. This allowed for greater control of the story as Disney wasn't limited by a pre-existing game universe. However, Disney did develop a browser-based version of the game that uses the Unity engine, but did not include Vanellope or the Recolor Racers.
  • Each racer portrays a different type of candy, except Vanellope, whose theme is candy/sweets, though fans have argued that her theme could be vanilla, and Crumbelina because her theme is fancy desserts, which isn't candy at all but is a relation to sweet food with sugar. Also Snowanna Rainbeau, since she is based off of snowcones, and partly Adorabeezle Winterpop, because she is a mix of Rocket Pops and peppermints. Fans also have different opinions on what candy the recolours are supposed to portray even though most of the time they agree that Citrusella portrays blueberry, Torvald portrays toffee fudge and caramel candy, Sticky portrays salt water taffy and Nougetsia frozen yoghurt.
  • The Sugar Rush race world is very similar to the Mushroom Kingdom from the Mario series.
  • It has been proven that Sugar Rush was Developed by Tobikomi. Towards the end of the movie, when Ralph talks about Vanellope liking him, the 2nd machine will eventually say "Tobikomi Presents".
  • In the movie's site, it says that there are only eleven racers which is false because if you count the recolours there are 15 racers.
  • Taffyta, Candlehead, Gloyd, Crumbelina, Adorabeezle, Nougetsia, Jubileena and Citrusella are the only racers with numbers on their karts. Taffyta is #1, Adorabeezle and Nougetsia are #2, Jubileena and Citrusella are #5. Candlehead is #7, Crumbelina is #8, and Gloyd is #13.
  • When the Sugar Rush racers are throwing in their gold coins to enter the Random Roster Race, the announcer can be heard reading the name "Adorabeezle Winterpop" third, after Taffyta Muttonfudge, and "Crumbelina Di Caramello" fifth, after Gloyd Orangeboar. But the next time the roster board is shown, Crumbelina's name is printed on line 3, while Adorabeezle's name is on line 5. The board's order may be considered the correct one, as not only does the same order appear on it again as the race commences, but Crumbelina can be seen lined up right behind Taffyta just before they begin to toss their coins to the pot.
  • When Ralph looks down on the entrance of Sugar Rush after being lifted by King Candy, you can see the path is empty between the three characters and the Cy-Bugs. But when Ralph frees himself from King Candy's grip and Vanellope starts glitching towards Ralph, you can see Calhoun's discarded weapon lying on the ground. Something so distinctly black would stand out on the rainbow bridge from a distance.
  • The Sugar Rush racers' bodies are different, not similar, from humans like Calhoun. Sugar Rush racers' heads are bigger than their bodies, and their foot are like "from small to big" and there are no shapes like human's legs.
  • Sugar Rush was based on sweets, and the racers followed their game's theme. For example, they have themes of sweets, and their karts are made from sweets or just right to their theme. The character that has a "Sugar Rushy" hair, for example, it's Snowanna, that has a ice cream scoop rainbow hair. You also can see a wood for ice cream was on her hair.
  • For some reason, despite the game having supposedly been released in 1997, Sugar Rush's graphics are the modern CGI used for the rest of the film and with most CG games released nowadays, when games released in 1997 often had blocky polygons like the graphics of game systems like the Nintendo 64.
  • Just like the Strawberry Shortcake characters, the characters names are involved with candy in some kind of way.
  • The go-kart selection icons in the kart factory show pictures of go-karts that did not make it into the final film.
  • One of the paintings in the Fungeon shows a clown in a racecar with a facial expression similar to Turbo's.
  • Both Fix-it Felix Jr. and Sugar Rush appear to be made by TobiKomi, a fictional game company that means "to jump" or "to dive" in Japanese.
  • The sign leading to the portal between Sugar Rush and Game Central Station during the Cy-Bug attack scene reads "Parting is such sweet sorrow...", a reference to Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.
  • Sugar Rush is similar to Sweet Mountain from the game Sonic Colors.

External Links[edit | edit source]

  • Sugar Rush- a playable, browser-based version of the game.