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YOU KNOW THOSE classmates who seem to know exactly what they want to do from a very young age? And then, after years of effort and focus and uncommon clarity, they go out into the world and accomplish that very thing?

Daniel Kruse was — and is — precisely that kind of student.

Lighting effects expert Daniel Kruse. (./COURTESY OF DANIEL KRUSE via DISNEY)

On Nov. 2, Kruse’s latest film, the CG-animated “Wreck-It Ralph,” opens buoyed by Disney’s high hopes and strong backing. Kruse was responsible for lighting effects in “Sugar Rush,” a cotton candy-colored video game that the film’s main characters navigate — and helping to create this “My Little Pony”-meets-”Cars” world meant capturing the feel of a wide array of sugary surfaces.

Fortunately for viewers, Kruse is a master of eye candy.

“Everything has this saturated, beautiful color palette that you work hard to achieve,” Kruse tells Comic Riffs.

To read our full profile of Kruse, just CLICK HERE.

[‘CARS 2’: Animator Bob Moyer embodies Pixar 2.0: The Next Generation]


The “saturated, beautiful” environment of "Wreck-It Ralph’s" Sugar Rush game. (Disney 2012)

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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