Disney: Sugar Rush

Promotional shots of characters from Disney’s ‘Wreck It Ralph’ (2012). Copyright goes to Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Hi! It’s Annie!

One of my favorite parts of Halloween is, in fact, the candy, so I thought it would be fitting to go over the racers from this sweet fictional game depicted in Disney’s ‘Wreck it Ralph’. Sugar Rush was my favorite part of the movie and, probably because of that, I dove really deep into whatever lore I could find that they published. But also, this movie had one of the Disney villains that scared me the most in theatres. I absolutely hate bugs, so this one hit home. But, in the spirit of Halloween candy, I thought I would rank the main Sugar Rush racers and explain a little more about them! Please note that I am going to disregard the second movie in this installment because I really didn’t like it. Sorry. Also, I would like to mention that this article will be pretty nonsensical and is not to be taken too seriously. Ready? Set? Go!

  1. Vanellope Von Schweetz

Obviously, the princess…ahem, president….of Sugar Rush is the best. She’s the only one with a lot of character development, and she’s just adorable. She says it herself! Vanellope is based off of vanilla by name and looks just as sweet. Her adorable hair is covered in stray candy and is held up by a licorice tie. But mostly, she just has a great personality. She’s sassy, can hold her own, and is the bravest of anyone else in the game. Her determination is the cause of most of the plot points in the movie, and she proves herself time and again to be a caring and cute leader. Even if she teases everyone all the time, sometimes with death. We all know about Vanellope already though, so let’s move on!

2. Rancis Fluggerbutter

He’s the racer that represents peanut butter cups and chocolate in general, so I may or may not actually be biased. He is probably the racer that is focused on the most other than Vanellope, King Candy, and Taffyta which entirely has to do with a book that was released about him after the release of this movie. This book actually depicts Ranicis as a good guy who goes through his own bullying and eventually befriends Vanellope. Though he comes off as a brat at first, he’s the first in any published works to really discover the error of his ways and readjust the way he treats other racers. He truly does have a melty heart. (Are you sick of the sweet puns yet?) Also he wears a peanut butter cup on his head and those are probably what I eat most of on Halloween. Did I mention his kart is called the Kit-Kart? Now I’m hungry.

3. Minty Zaki:

Minty is dressed all in green and her theme is mints and candied apples. To be honest, I just really like her design. Her shoes are adorable and I’m a sucker for that green bow she wears. She does not have much time in the movie as she is not part of the major mean group, nor is she focused on in other books. But her kart is called the Veloci-rapper and that just might be my favorite thing that I’ve heard in a while. Also, can we talk about how shimmery her skirt is? I love her.

4. Crumbelina DiCaramello

She’s another one where I just love her design. She’s actually more Italian pastry based, which I find a really interesting addition to the racers in the game. But mostly she just looks like a giant cookie. And what do I love more than chocolate? That would be pastries. Also, unlike the other racers, she has this giant really cute hat that sets her apart. Her cart is called the Tira-Missile, which isn’t as great as some of the other names, but her pigtails and hat more than make up for the disappointing name.

5. Gloyd Orageboar

He has a giant pumpkin on his head and I’m not sure what says Halloween more than that. Well, that and the candy corn on his shirt. He is literally a Halloween themed racer. He is described as a prankster and he is actually one of the racers shown the least, which by default means he’s one of the racers the least awful to Vanellope! His kart is called the Kernal, which I don’t think is one of the best either but he definitely wins me over with his Halloween vibes. Also, his hair is the best.

6. Snowanna Rainbeu

She is entirely based off of snow cones, which aren’t really a candy and aren’t my favorite. She’s another one that wins me over with her design. He kart is called the Fro Cone which is awesome and she’s the only racer to be confirmed to be a music maker. Also, the fact that her nose is slightly red because of the cold is a really nice addition to her snow cone design.

7. Jubileena Bing-Bing

I don’t know what it was about her red pig-tails and peace sign, but she was one of the racers from this game that blew up the most after the release of this movie. It seemed like you couldn’t go to any Disney event without somebody randomly dressed up as her. She has a pretty plain cherry candy theme, but she has some of the most personality without saying anything. Her peace sign is meant to represent her love for peace and love, but with the way the racers treat Vanellope in the movie, she just comes off as a total liar. Though I will slightly forgive her because her kart name is the Cherriot, which I do like. I also really like the cherries hanging off of her skirt.

8. Adorabeezle Winterpop

We have finally gotten to the racers that I don’t like. She is based off of rocket pops and peppermints, but we already have a mint character and I don’t think her design is completely clear. I was kind of confused when I first saw her. Her kart is called the Ice Rocket which is a little on the nose and another kart title I don’t like as much. But she’s still cute! It’s really hard to be a Sugar Rush racer and not be cute, except for when you’re picking on other racers. I’m still mad about this, ok!

9. Taffyta Muttonfudge:

Of course I don’t like her! She was main mean girl who bullied Vanellope! But at least she was amusing to watch and I really like her white and pink colors. I guess there’s something to be said about her being the Sugar Rush racer other than Vanellope and King Candy who is focused on the most. I also really want her dress, jacket, and leggings. But she’s a jerk. She is strawberry candy themed and her kart is called the Pink Lightning which are both pretty unoriginal in comparison to other designs. And, once again, she wrecks Vanellope’s kart! But she’s voiced by Mindy Kaling, so you have to give her that.

10. Candlehead:

She is also one of Vanellope’s main bullies along with Taffyta and Rancis, but she has no pride. She’s constantly crying at everything, which seems pretty fake, and she throws Taffyta under the bus as soon as she realizes Vanellope is the princess. She knew what she was doing! Her theme is birthday cake and ice cream and her kart is called the Ice Screamer. I just think the name is unoriginal and that’s a lot of sweets crammed into one racer theme. She’s definitely the most annoying racer in Sugar Rush, that’s for sure.

11. Swizzle Malarkey

You look at him and just feel like he’s one of those really cocky douchebags. He’s just got that vibe to him. He is lollipop themed, but this is another design that feels a little unclear. His kart is called the Tongue Twister. I really can’t decide if I like that name or not. Really his green and blue color scheme doesn’t really match what most people expect from lollipops and I just don’t like that smirk. It seems malicious to me.

12. The Alternate Racers

What are the point of them? They just look like carbon copies of the other racers with slightly different colors. You almost feel bad for them. Almost. I mean, none of them stand up for Vanellope do they? (Was this article written by Ralph?)

13. King Candy/Turbo

He is unlucky number thirteen for a reason. Holy crap did he scare me when I first saw this movie in theatres. He actively tries to murder people after his identity is revealed. If you didn’t think that giant bug King Candy with fangs glitching and turning into giant bug Turbo was scary, you’re lying. He literally tells Ralph that he wants to kill him and the way his bug body moves still gives me nightmares. Not really…but still. I really hate bugs. He was a great villain though. The movie was able to pull off the twist really well, it was completely unexpected. And the Turbo reveal during the race was one of the best scenes in the entire movie. I will never forgive him for turning into a giant bug though. Even if he was a fun villain to watch. I am not kidding when I say this is one of the main Disney villains that never fails to scare me. I hope that’s not too pathetic. Remember, I can’t even watch horror films.

I love the first Wreck-It-Ralph movie and I really wish that the second movie hadn’t been just a huge Disney commercial. But my love of Vanellope has definitely translated into a love of the rest of the Sugar Rush racers. And now that I’m about to stuff my face with Halloween candy tomorrow, I couldn’t help but think of these adorable (and even Halloween themed!) racers. And also the Disney villain that scared the begeezus out of me the first time I watched that movie. Maybe this is a Halloween movie. Huh. Remember to eat a bunch of candy tomorrow and for the love of God please just stay home!!!!

See you across the pond!

Sincerely, Annie

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