Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Wreck-It Ralph is a CG Animated film by Rich Moore, about a retro video-game villain named Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) who’s main job is to climb and smash the building of his neighbors so that his game’s hero Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack Mcbrayer) can save the day and fix his mess. At the end of the day the people love Fix-It Felix Jr. and give him love, pie,and a medal while they hate Wreck-It Ralph and throw him off the roof into the mud. When the arcade closes, the game characters all reside back into their video-game homes, while Wreck-It Ralph sleeps in a massive pile of bricks leftover from his destruction. Ralph is tired of his routine, and feels that people take him for granted. Ralph is convinced that if he were to get a hero’s medal, the characters in his game would see him in a new light. Ralph abandons his game and journeys into arcade’s central station in attempts to find a game where he might be a hero and make everyone proud. Wreck-It Ralph was Great, and despite what I felt were some missed opportunities, is a long overdue homage to video-games and their characters. Disney obtained the rights to multiple video-game character icons including Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr. Robotnik, Chun-Li, Zangief, and Pac-man. While none of these characters are given primary roles, the nostalgia scale was nearly exploding. The story is awesome, but I still felt like the script had elements that could have been improved. I felt like Ralph’s journey to different games was just a little too brief, and he finds himself planted in the same game Sugar Rush for most of the movie. This is a pretty minor complaint given the huge amount of creative detail and impeccable technical execution that is on display. The models of the characters are beautiful. The textures, fur, scales, cakes, insects, guns, everything was beautiful from an animation perspective. And from a creative perspective, there are enormous amounts of details, subtleties, and game references to enjoy. A majority of the script was really strong, emotional, and funny. However, there were parts when I felt like the dialogue didn’t quite reflect the quality of the rest. Mainly a few minor parts with Sara Silverman’s character Vanellope Von Schweetz. Apart from those minor issues, Wreck-It Ralph was so much fun to watch. With so many awesome performances including Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as King Candy, Jane Lynch as Calhoun (a broken-hearted marine from Hero’s Duty), and Jack Mcbrayer the casting was really top notch. The quality of the animation and the amount of passion for the material that the film-makers is so ridiculously apparent, it’s nearly impossible not to appreciate how much heart the movie has.



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