Wreck-It Ralph family fun for gamers and non-gamers alike


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On March 11, 2013
Last modified:March 12, 2013

Summary:

Terrific family film, fun for gamers and non-gamers alike, with great animation and voice acting.

As all gamers know, every game needs two types of characters- a good guy, the hero of the piece, who is played most often, and the bad guy, the villain who seeks to stop the hero. But what if the bad guy suddenly decides he doesn’t want to be bad anymore? Such is the premise of Wreck-It Ralph, the latest from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the results are fun for both gamer and non-gamer alike. The story focuses on Ralph, a lumbering brute whose job is to destroy things in a game called Fix-It Felix. For thirty years, Ralph (voiced wonderfully by John C. Reilly) has wreaked havoc upon the apartment building that serves as the centerpiece for the game, and had that damage undone by trusty handyman Felix (a very good Jack McBrayer, from TV’s 30 Rock) . But Ralph has grown tired of this routine, as he reveals to a villain’s support group. After the rest of the game’s characters throw a 30th anniversary party and neglect to invite Ralph, he decides he’s had enough, and leaves the game. This causes some consternation among the other characters, since any game in Litwak’s Arcade (where the game is housed) that registers any error will be unplugged.  To avoid this, Felix sets out to find Ralph and bring him back.

In the meantime, Ralph wanders over into a game called Hero’s Duty, which features Halo- esque soldiers that battle an insectoid menace called Cy-Bugs. Ralph performs with distinction in the game, even winning a medal, but unwittingly unleashes a Cy-Bug from Hero’s Duty. Ralph and a platoon leader, Sergeant Calhoun ( a very funny Jane Lynch) go off in pursuit. The Cy-Bug flies into a kart racing game called Sugar Rush, where Ralph meets an outcast racer, Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) and loses his medal. Ralph aids Vanellope in her quest to become a winning racer and she agrees to help him find his medal. Felix eventually teams up with Calhoun in his search for Ralph, and all must contend with King Candy (Alan Tudyk), the leader of the land in the Sugar Rush game who harbors a secret and serves as the villain of the film. Various adventures ensue, with a couple of twists along the way to the movie’s upbeat ending.

Visually, Wreck-It Ralph is beautiful to behold, with graphics that fit appropriately to the different games featured in the film. The character models are all well animated, and the scenery is cleverly designed. The film features a good mix of comedy, action, and genuine emotion, and one could be forgiven for thinking they were watching a Pixar creation. Director Rick Moore, who previously has done episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama, keeps things moving at a nice pace, and does a fine job presenting the story which Moore co-wrote with Phil Johnston and Jim Reardon. The movie offers plenty of homages to videogames, from the Halo  inspired soldiers and ships to appearances by such notable game characters as Sonic the Hedgehog, Q*bert, and one of the ghosts from Pac-Man. Fans may also get a moment of glee at seeing a certain punctuation mark make its appearance above enemy heads. Henry Jackman’s score is bright and serves the film well, and the voice cast is fantastic throughout, from the main characters down to the supporting roles.

In short, this movie is a joy from start to finish, and provides family fun for all ages whether they’re into gaming or not. This is a worthy addition to any collection, and well worth your time. Wreck-It Ralph is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

10/10

Terrific family film, fun for gamers and non-gamers alike, with great animation and voice acting.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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