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Wreck-it Ralph

February 27, 2013

Wreck It Ralph Movie Poster

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Wreck-it Ralph is the story of a video game character who is tired of being the villain. He sleeps in a pile of bricks, is loathed by many and on the 30th anniversary of his game isn’t invited to the big celebratory bash. So, he sneaks out of his console, ends up in a bug killing first person shooter and gets stuck in a Mario Kart type game called Sugar Rush. Along the way he attends meetings at Bad Guys Anonymous, meets a sweet little bugger named Vanellope von Schweetz and inadvertently brings a violent bug spawning robot to a helpless game.

Wreck It Ralph Bad-Anon meeting

John C. Reilly is perfect as Ralph. There is an intelligence and sweetness in his voice that blend well his occasional outbursts of anger and frustration. His journey towards being a good guy is a blast of new school meets old school. It is inevitable that he will become a better man and loved my many. However, like most Disney films the story is more about the journey in an interesting world and less about the destination. I loved how film set up cool parameters to the video game world. For instance, characters can only die when outside their game, people can eat the Pac-Man cherries and  Q*bert is homeless.

Wreck it Ralph cherry

The journey involves Street Fighter’s Zangief talking about smooshing heads, ridiculous car chases and a diet cola volcano fueled by mentos  saving the day. Reilly is joined by Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer who all bring unique life to their respective characters. The foursome band together to battle the cantankerous King Candy voiced by Alan Tudyk.

Disney was smart to make this film because it appeals to people of all ages and they will be able to sell a plethora of toys. People over 20 will recognize many of the retro video game characters while kids will love the visuals exploding in front of their eyes. Pixar created a world of toys coming to life and now Disney owns the video game world. The gamble paid off and it collected 430, 000, 000 worldwide and collected an impressive 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel is in the works and nerdy folks like myself are hoping for team ups featuring characters from Tron, Pitfall or NHLPA 93. 

 

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