AKB48 are to follow Perfume into Hollywood by recording a song for the forthcoming Disney 3D computer-animated comedy film "Wreck-It Ralph."
In movie, the eponymous video game character goes on an adventure through video game history to prove that he is really a good guy after all. Ralph travels through worlds inspired by video games from the '80s up to the modern day. Each game world is characterized by its own era, location, visual style and music.
The movie's producer said music is another way to set the stage and make these worlds completely different.
Like girl group Perfume, who were included on the soundtrack of Pixar's "Cars 2" when the movie traveled to a neon-draped, digital reimagining of Tokyo, the filmmakers turned to J-pop icons AKB48 to provide the soundtrack for an anime-inspired section of the movie.
AKB48 will reportedly be featured in the "Sugar Rush" section of the movie, which is described as a world inspired by kart racing games.
According to a Disney press release, the Sugar Rush race is set on tracks made of candies, cookies, and other confectionery. There, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz, one of the game's characters, who has learned that Ralph's actions have placed her game in jeopardy and that the entire arcade could be at risk if Ralph can't stop it.
Producer Clark Spencer added, “We’ve always thought of Sugar Rush - with its nod to anime - as a game that may have originated in Japan. So we went to Japan and got the hottest J-pop group to perform the song that really sets the tone for the '90s-era cart-racing game.”
AKB48’s new song for the film, titled “Sugar Rush,” will also reportedly be used as the movie's ending theme.© Japan Today