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Neenah native takes Oscar nod in stride

Johnston's 'Wreck-It Ralph' up for Best Animated Feature

11:46 AM, Jan. 31, 2013
Neenah native Phil Johnston wrote Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph,' which is among the animated feature nominees at the upcoming Academy Awards.
Neenah native Phil Johnston wrote Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph,' which is among the animated feature nominees at the upcoming Academy Awards.
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"Turns out I don't need a medal to tell me I'm a good guy," Wreck-It Ralph says in the 2012 animated Disney film of the same name. "Because if that little kid likes me, how bad can I be?"

It's no surprise the man who wrote the "Wreck-It Ralph" script has a similar outlook on awards.

"To me, to be completely honest, if I'm happy with the work and proud of the work we all did, and if I go 'That's a movie I would want to go see, whether I take my kids to this one or I would want to go see it, I'm proud of this,' then really the awards and everything else doesn't really matter," said Phil Johnston, a 1990 Neenah High ...

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