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I had saw a trailer for this film while I was watching Brave with a friend, and I liked the look of it. Yes, it's a kid's film, but it looked really funny, so when I noticed it was on Sky Disney, I decided to sit down and watch it.
Wreck it Ralph tells the story of Ralph, who is the villain in a popular arcade game called Fix-It Felix, Jr. Getting fed up with always being the bad guy, when he is excluded from his game's 30th anniversary celebrations, he decides that if he manages to win a medal from another game, he will be an accepted member of the game's community. All the games in the arcade can, once the arcade closes at night, can travel to other games, so Ralph starts his quest to win a medal from another game.
While he is on is quest, he meets Vanellope von Schweetz, who apparently was a glitch in her game Sugar Rush. Believing that she can win a race, Ralph befriends her and together they plan for Vanellope to enter a race. Ralph has inadvertently started a chain of events that could prove the end of not just himself, but all the games in the arcade. Can he manage to fix everything and therefore gain the respect of not only the others in his game, but all those in the arcade?
This film is a tribute to 30 years of the gaming industry, and I was seriously impressed with both the concept and the animation of this film. It is a lovely idea, that somehow the games in the arcade have a life outside the arcade, and that the games are their job. The idea that the characters, while being able to be controlled by humans in the arcade, also have their own thoughts and feelings outside the game is really cute as well, in my opinion.
I loved the animation in this film - particularly when the shots cut away to show life on the other side of the screen, where the characters can see the children playing the games in the arcade. The way each game is also shown was also lovely, and everything seemed almost real, but in the Disney style view of the world. There were also some 'real life' video game cameo's in the film, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Bowser from Super Mario Bros, Pacman and even the "All your Base are belong to us" that I remember from the early days on the internet make an appearance here. This added some realism to the film (if that is the right way to describe it?). It was also a real nostalgia trip, as there were nods to many of the games that I remember from my childhood and teenage years.
This film has an 86% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.4/10 on Metacritic, which shows that most critics thought this film was a good one. I would agree with this, as it was a lovely story and fantastic animation really brought this to life. This is also one of the highest ratings I've seen on Rotten Tomatoes for the films that I have so far reviewed.
I also felt that this film appeals to adults as well as children. There is enough in this film to keep everyone happy - children will enjoy the story, and there is the real nostalgia trip for most adults in this film. There is also a lot of humour that will appeal to both adults and children, and I thought that this film was both funny and touching. In the typical Disney style, it appeals to all ages and there is something for everyone in this film. I find it hard to criticise anything in this film, and it is definitely one I will watch again.
CALLING ALL MOVIE LOVERS! Wreck It Ralph is a movie that is NOT to be missed!
Don't let the "Disney" part put you off! Although it looks like it's for kids, This movie is loved by all ages, its brilliant for that family time with all the kids. Or even if you feel your child side coming out in you.
When i first heard about it i didn't really think it would be good, having all the old classics come back in one movie seemed a bit ...well bland and too original to be honest. Well NO! This movie is amazing, I love it so much i literally watch very often and even find myself quoting some of the lines from the movie. It's like a well loved book that you have to keep reading. It's a bit like Toy story but instead of toys coming to life its the Games!
~~~MINI PLOT ~~~
When night time strikes and all the shops shut Litwak's arcade's Video game characters can stop "working" and leave their normal games and travel to other games on the tube (power cables). The movie follows Ralph who is the villain from the arcade game Fix-It Felix, Jr.
Felix is celebrating being a hero at his apartment and all is invited except Wreck it Ralph as everyone just sees him as the villain and no one likes him.
After Ralph accidentally ruins the party he attends a support group for all the Video game villains. Ralph reveals that he wants to stop being the villain and become the hero for once.
Ralph believes that if he was more like fix-it Felix and he could achieve a medal then he would be accepted by everyone as being more than just a villain.
He soon finds out that if he can enter the rail shooter "Hero's Duty" he can claim a golden medal between the game sessions. In the process Ralph accidentally makes a "Cy-Bug" hatch, which is part of the games enemies. Ralph rushes to get out of the game in an escape pod that launches him out of the game, but unfortunately for Ralph a "Cy-Bug" is clinging onto him.
Meanwhile in the real world a player notices that Ralph is missing from the game and reports Fix-It Felix jr to the arcade staff as "non-working" and the man has no choice but to unplug the game and send it off to get fixed. Back in the game world, when the game is unplugged it leaves all characters within the game homeless and so Felix has no choice but to leave and find Ralph before they become homeless....
And so the adventure BEGINS
John C.Reilly = Wreck it ralph
Jack McBrayer = Fix-It Felix Jr.
Sarah Silverman = Vanellope Von Schweetz
Jane Lynch = Sergeant Calhourn
Alan Tudyk = King Candy
Ed O'Neill = Mr Litwak
Written By: Jennifer Lee
Directed By:Rich Moore
Running time: 1hr. 32 min
Age Rating: PG
Cinema Release: Feb 8, 2013
DVD Release: Jun 3, 2013
US Box Office: £189.4M
Genre: Animation, Family, Comedy, Adventure.
The film is an amazing film that consists of many different children's game characters. Bad guy 'Ralph' goes around different games (games in the film are just like towns/cities) to try and get a medal and become the good guy he wants to be. The film is great for different ages and is a prime example of an amazing family film. The graphics vary from typical 'Mario' game definition to high definition for different game towns. It's cleverly thought through due to the way it uses different graphics and different game types. The games are based inside the actual gaming world, such as arcade games and we get a glimpse of what the outside world is like (the real world), where if one of the characters in a game doesn't turn up in the game world for their own game, in the real world they're classed as 'out of order' and may be shut off, which means the game city goes completely. It's a very well thought out film and I highly recommend it!
Wreck it Ralph is a 2012 animated adventure movie from the Disney studios set in the world of computer games. From seeing trailers to this, I definitely wanted to see this in the cinema with my children but we never ended up making it, so when I saw it was now out on DVD, I rented it from Blinkbox at a cost of £2.99.
Being a Disney animation, I expect good things as I have a long history of loving movies produced by this studio from being a little girl. Computer games are so mainstream these days, that I felt the plot was very universal in its appeal to both adults and children. The storyline was quite cleverly written so that even if you are not keen on gaming, the plot stood on its own enough to entertain the whole family.
We are a family of gamers, so one of the things that we did love was seeing little references to games we have enjoyed in the film, such as Sonic the hedgehog, or Bowser and a mushroom character from Mario. Other characters I was not sure if they were fictional or from made up games, but they came across in a genuine way.
The main character is Wreck it Ralph, a veteran of 30 years in gaming, from the game Fix it Felix. It is a simple yet popular arcade game where Ralph wrecks an appartment block, and Felix fixes it again with the help of the gamer. Ralph is a bit fed up with his life. When the arcade shuts at night, he is very lonely, and he doesn't want to be just a bad guy anymore.
At night time, all the game characters can leave their own arcade machine and travel down the electric cables to a central area. It is while he is here, that Ralph gets the idea he can go into another game to win a medal, and go home a hero.
What ensues is a high speed adventure as he gets lost in a Candy racing game, Sugar Rush. Here, his medal is stolen by a glitch in the code - a little girl character called Vanellope who wants to build a racing car and take part in the racing game.
But while Ralph is absent from his own game, it gets condemned for being broken. Can Felix find Ralph and bring him back to their game before the machine is thrown out? And can Ralph help Vanellope achieve her dreams in Sugar Rush before its too late?
At first, I was quite concious that I was watching computer characters. I did think there were some really clever little touches like the charcters travelling down the electricity cables, and a self help group for baddies. As I continued to watch, I was charmed by Ralph's character. I felt great empathy for him as all he wanted was to fit in, and this was something that he did find when he met Vanellope. Although his relationship with a young girl character was a bit unlikely at first, the pair worked really well together. I really enjoyed seeing how graphically the cartoon could depict gaming over a 30 year history, from the basic pacman and Fix it Felix games to the very complex world of Sugar Rush, and the very modern fighting game Hero's duty. Each are very different but even when characters from the different worlds are shown together, it seems seamless and very well done.
The vocals from the actors were mostly unrecognisable to me apart from Jane Lynch who plays Calhoun from Hero's Duty. Her voice is so recognisable to me as coach Sue Sylvester from the show Glee that I picked this up straight away. It didn't detract me from enjoying the film even though it was so obvious to me and her character was quite hard and similar to her role in Glee.
It was nice in a way for Disney to move away from using actors they have used in other big Disney movies and choosing new people instead as I wasn't wondering who was speaking, and could concentrate on the plot instead.
At 101 minutes, this was quite long for a Disney film, which normally come in at somewhere between 85-95 minutes. I did feel that the kids were more fidgetty through this film than they have been when watching other Disney films. Eg. in the same week they watched this for the first time, they also watched Cars 2 for the first time, and they engaged a lot more with that even though it was less clever in the plot and I am sure this is somewhat due to the length of the film.
If this were an adult only film then I would perhaps say it was worth somewhere around 4.5 stars. For younger children, it is harder than other Disney films to remain focussed on the plot. My younger son really wasn't that keen for some reason, though my older son did quite enjoy it. I think overall, it is a 4 star film. The plot idea is really clever and portrayed well, but for some reason it didn't work as well for the kids as I expected it to. We'd watch it again, but it wasn't something they asked for again the next day which they have done with other
Disney films that have appealed more to them on first viewing. I'd happily have sat through it again to see what we missed first time round.
This was on my daughters want list for her birthday in May. I advance ordered it for her from Amazon and it came on Friday.
I thought it was going to be just under £12 (with postage included) but was notified a few days earlier that due to their pre order price promise I was buying it for £10 instead which was a nice surprise. Unfortunately due to working 2 long days "movie" night got delayed till Sunday and as its a school night we have just sat and watched it.
Wreck it Ralph was released in October 2012, its a Disney animation and the quality of the graphics are exactly what I expected, as very impressive. The scenes are intricate and well thought out. Directed by Rich Moore, it lasts 101 minutes, is PG rated but states on the cover that contains mild violence. The cover shows Ralph in his boiler suit and his BIG hands.
The story is set in a video arcade where at night when its closed the characters socialised. Ralph is a character in Fix it Felix game with Ralph wrecking the building and Felix mending it with his magic hammer. So Ralph spends all day wrecking and subsequently at the end of the day has no home or friends, he sees Felix as popular and sets out to change things. The story unfolds and without giving the plot away, he makes friends with Vanellope Van Schweetz whilst going "turbo" in another arcade game. We meet several characters from the arcade games, each with their own "issues".
All the way through I was absolutely convinced that the voice of sergeant Calhoun was the waitress out of Paul, however it was Jane Lynch who starred in the 40 year virgin (amongst loads of other films). John C Reilly played Ralph. Felix's voice was Jack McBrayer who also featured in despicable me and Sarah silverman was Vanellope.
What did I think
I enjoyed it, but it wasn't one I'd rave about. There was few laugh out loud moments but it was entertaining throughout, chuckling along rather than belly laughs and it did keep all our attention till the end, so it was a good family film. Its worth watching but not a Disney classic. I'm giving it a 4 Doo Yoo star, as 3 seems too harsh.
Football, they say, is a game of two halves. The same can also be said of Wreck-it Ralph. Or, if you want to mathematically accurate, it's a film of three thirds. I'll explain what I mean a little later, but whilst (overall) you will enjoy Wreck-it Ralph, the elements you enjoy the most could well be determined by your age.
Ralph is a character in a 30 year old video game Fix it Felix Jr. Unfortunately for Ralph, he is the bad guy and so has no friends. To try and impress his fellow game characters he sets off to earn a medal for being a good guy in another game. The trouble is, if you die in a game that's not your own, you stay dead.
For a gamer like myself, the early stages of Wreck-it Ralph are like a dream come true. The opening sequences (the Bad Guys' self help group, Gamer Central Station, Litwak's arcade) are packed with references to gaming in general and retro gaming in particular. The writers cram literally hundreds of gaming characters into this section; some are on screen for extended periods, others are just walk on (or past) parts. Either way, it's great fun trying to spot them all. I found myself wishing I had a pause button so that I could stop the projector and show off my geeky side by telling everyone who all the characters were, although I'm not sure my fellow cinema-goers would have appreciated it.
This first third also has a rather inspired sense of humour; sometimes sly, sometimes just outright funny (the Bad Guys' self-help group motto is particularly good). The strength of this segment is that, although you will get more out of it if you are a gamer (or at least recognise some gaming icons), it's still very funny in its own right.
Unfortunately, after this strong opening third, the remainder of the film rather loses focus. Based on the trailer and the plot summary, I assumed that the bulk of Wreck-it Ralph would consist of him hopping between different games and getting into a right old mess. This would have offered a lot of scope for some great humour, watching Ralph cause chaos as he desperately tries to be a good guy.
Unfortunately, the reality is a little different. Ralph only game hops twice. The first time this happens (when he hops into Hero's Duty, a thinly veiled Halo/Call of Duty style game), it gives you exactly what you would expect - a lot of laughs based on a character from an 80s game floundering in a modern First Person Shooter. I wanted more of this kind of thing. How would Ralph fare in a platform game? A flight sim? A stealth em up? A Lara Croft style adventure?
Sadly, these questions are to remain forever unanswered. After escaping from Hero's Duty, Ralph only hops one more time - into sugary sweet (literally) racer Sugar Rush. From this point on, all the imagination and invention disappears and things degenerate into a pretty generic Pixar story arc (an unlikely friendship blooming between two unlikely characters)
It's a curious mix and Wreck-it Ralph rather suffers from trying to appeal to two very different audiences. On the one hand, it targets the wistful nostalgia people my age feel for the games of the early days of computing; on the other, it tries to pitch itself as a family film that will appeal to kids. As such, it's rather uneven. The first 30 minutes (by far the strongest in my opinion) will appeal to viewers in the 30-45 age bracket, but may leave kids a little confused. On the other hand, the more cartoon-like antics of the second hour will appeal to kids, but not be as much fun for adults. It's a film for all the family, certainly; it's just not a film for all the family at all the same times.
Still, even in its slower segments, Wreck it Ralph can still be quite fun - the sections where Fix it Felix is continually hit by Space Marine Calhoun and uses his magic hammer to fix up the bruises is particularly good. It's just a shame there are not more examples of this kind of oddball, off-the-wall humour. Still, Wreck it Ralph never comes close to descending into "awful" territory.
Of course, it almost goes without saying that the film looks fantastic - you'd expect nothing less from a Pixar film. From the gloomy space settings of Hero's Duty to the vibrant hallucinogenic graphics of Sugar Rush, the visuals are truly impressive. Gaming icons are brought to life like never before and it's clear that massive amounts of attention have been paid to every tiny little detail.
The main characters are also brought to life by an excellent cast. John C Reilly is perfect as the slightly hot-tempered Ralph, the bad guy who just wants to be liked whilst Sarah Silverman is also good as Vanellope, the little girl he meets inside Sugar Rush. The early exchanges between these two characters in particular are excellent, so once again it's a shame that they degenerate into standard Pixar mushiness. Still you can't fault the vocalisation of either character.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for some of the support cast. Alan Tudyk's King Candy is rather annoying and a fairly generic loopy cartoon guy. After a few seconds on the screen, you start to loathe the sound of his voice and, sadly, he has a fairly major part to play. In fairness, Tudyk's voice choice does match the on-screen avatar, but that doesn't make it any less annoying. Jack McBrayer is disappointingly bland as Felix, although Jane Lynch is excellent as the feisty Marine Calhoun.
The real problem with Wreck it Ralph is that you can't help feel that it could have been so much better. If the fun and imagination of the first part had been carried across the whole film, it would have been four stars at least; possibly even five. As it is, look past the superb animation and strong opening half hour and it's pretty much standard Pixar fare.
Director: Rich Moore
Running time: approx. 108 minutes
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I'll be honest and say that from the off many people seemed to be aware of the wreck it Ralph video game but I wasn't one of those people. There have been so many previews on the television for this film though that my son and I decided we would watch it to see what we thought of it. This is my review of the film.
Wreck it Ralph is based upon characters from an arcade style computer game entitled Fix it Felix junior. Ralph is the bad guy in the computer game and goes about wrecking the building with his very large hands and arms whilst Felix junior is the hero and must dash around fixing things with his magic hammer. When the arcade closes at night though all of the characters from the various games around the arcade are able to come to life, much like in Toy Story for example, and they can wander around and interact. It is clever really how the characters are just basically working whilst in the computer games but when the arcade closes they check out for the night kind of thing and I felt it was an interesting concept for a film.
We find that once the arcade closes Ralph really isn't welcomed by the others in his game community. They are scared by him and don't involve him in anything and so when a 30th year anniversary party for the game is thrown they don't even invite Ralph and he finds out about it by mistake. When he goes to the party he tells everyone he is determined to get himself a medal after being told only heroes can get a medal and sets off to look for other games in which he may be able to get a medal and become accepted by his community. As he does this though Ralph is not back in his own game for when the arcades open and as such an out of order sign is stuck on the game and Felix junior goes to look for him or else face the plug being pulled on the game forever! All manner of adventures and mishaps occur in this adventure but I don't want to spoil too much of the plot really.
This game is made by Disney and as such you would expect the animation to be brilliant I think. I often find though that the Pixar films offer a little bit more than the Disney ones in general but in this case I think the animation used is excellent. It is really bright and the characters are full of life and expression which really draws you in to watching the film. It is quite flawless to watch and sometimes you can even forget that you are watching a cartoon!
All of the characters are voiced really well but I wasn't sure of the names of any of the actors doing the voices where as usually I am familiar with one or two. In a way it was nice though not to be thinking about the actual actor and be able to focus wholly on the characters. I particularly loved the character of Ralph who despite being so large and having a bad temper at times you could see was incredibly vulnerable and just wishing he could be given a fair go like other characters. The fact that he lives in a dump and uses rubble for bedding really pulled on my heart strings even though he seemed relatively ok with the situation! My other favourite character was Vanellope who was a very mischievous character from the Sugar Rush racing game that begins causing many problems for Ralph but who actually ends up being one of his best friends. It is sweet to see how two completely different looking characters can both be vulnerable and yet be so strong when they work together. I think there is a nice message in the film that comes across without being too in your face and that is simply that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover basically.
What I loved about this film were the cameos from various other arcade style computer game characters and plenty of these moments were amusing in the game. I liked how in the main station where all of the computer games entrances were there were advertising which had sonic the hedgehog warning of the fact that if you die in another game you will not regenerate! One of the funniest parts of the film for me though was the start where we have the group "bad-anon" which is basically a support group for the bad characters from the games to meet and follows pretty much the same set up as any "anon" group where people introduce themselves and talk a little about their issues. In this section we see typically bad characters including the ghost from pac-man, Bowser from super Mario and Doctor Eggman from sonic the hedgehog amongst others I wasn't sure of.
I liked how this story flowed and felt it went along at a good pace. It was around one hour and forty minutes long which I think is quite a long time for a children's movie but it didn't feel as long as it actually was and at no point whilst watching did my son get bored. There is so much going on whilst you watch the film and there is plenty to look at in the background as well as with the main characters and so it does keep your interest. The fact that is has a good story line obviously really helped and you find yourself rooting for the main characters and wishing them a happy ending and so you want to see the story through.
What is nice in this film is that although we have our main characters which I personally see as Ralph and Venellope there are actually other stories going on within the story and so we see a nice relationship develop between Felix junior and Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun from Hero's duty.
The film is rated a PG but I personally don't think there is anything in it really scary for your child. I would say young children may find the length a bit long but my seven year old was more than happy watching the film and as I said he didn't get restless or anything at all. I would recommend this film for sure as I think it is a really good offering from Disney which has a nice story line and which actually makes you think a little as you watch it too.
Thanks for reading my review!
I finally saw Disney's latest film, Wreck it Ralph. Nominated for an Academy Award for best animation, the animation studio has certainly 'upped their game' (get it?) in one of their best movies since Tangled.
After 30 years of destroying things, only for them to be fixed by Fix-It Felix, Wreck-It Ralph is tired of being the bad guy. Seeing his counterpart being revered in medals, cake and celebrations, Ralph has had enough. If only he could win a medal, he too would be appreciated and seen as a hero, and so he thinks.
When Ralph game jumps into 'Hero's Duty', he is able to get his hands on the medal, but accidentally zooms into Sugar Rush, a candy racing game in an alien spacecraft, bringing a virus with him. Here, he meets Vanellope, a glitch who just wants to be a racer, stealing Ralph's medal to enter a qualifying race but without a proper kart. The two decide to help each other get what they both want- in order to get his medal back, Ralph decides to help Vanellope win the race.
With Ralph missing, Fix-It Felix is taken out of order and threatened to have its plug pulled, whilst the virus is slowly replicating in Sugar Rush. Not only is Ralph's game under threat from being pulled, the whole arcade is at risk from the deadly virus. It is up to Ralph and his friends to prevent the catastrophe leading to GAME OVER.
The dynamic set of the electronical and game world offered visually spectacular sights- the dark and sci-fi world of Hero's Duty contrasted to the colourful and drool-inducing Sugar Rush offered much candy for the eyes, but it was more than just a visual feast. Much like 'Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs', you can't seem to go wrong with a world of playful food! (I loved the oreo soldiers and the cute candy spectators at the race)
The attention to detail of Game Central Station (a parallel Grand Central Station) created by the plugs of each game being a travel portal gave this a 'reality', the same type of exploration as in the Toy Story franchise in the sense that if behind the game the characters were alive and had personalities, what would it be like?
The setting of games AA (Bad-Anon), where all the bad guys go to 'talk', was definitely one of my favourite scenes. The Pac-Man ghost, the Eggman (from Sonic) and Bowser are just some of the 'bad guys' which are here and it gives the characters an added level of depth.
Whilst main characters Ralph and Felix are original, the inclusion of these well known gaming characters as supports definitely adds to the fun of the movie, many of which the audience can relate to and spans many generations. Street Fighter, Dance Dance Revolution, Pong, Dig Dig, Qix and Burger Time are just some of the games included and referenced and there is scope for so much more.
The pace of the movie was slick. It got going pretty quickly and it was a great roller coaster ride. There wasn't a moment of boredom and there wasn't any excessive/unnecessary scenes. If anything, we wanted more. At 1 hour 47 minutes, it was just the right length.
Several plot lines were predictable but there were definitely moments of surprise and with the multiple antagonistic forces at play, this movie was far from linear. The focus wasn't just on Ralph and his soul-searching, but it was grander, impacting the whole gaming universe.
With an exciting climax and a sweet, moving ending, it offered a closure which was a perfect finish. Though you are hungry for more, you are left satisfied.
John C. Reilly- Ralph
Jane Lynch- Calhoun
Sarah Silverman- Vanellope
Jack McBrayer- Felix
All the voices were brilliantly cast. Glee's Jane Lynch does an amazing job at being the tough gun-wielding Calhoun and even through the gushy warm bits, her personality shines through. I kind of also loved that the characters looked like their voice actors, which made it more personable.
Vanellope voiced by Sarah Silverman was also cute and delectable to watch and definitely had one of the strongest characters in the movie.
The critical acclaim and commercial success of Wreck It Ralph has already led to talks of a sequel and whilst this movie ended with great closure, there is indeed scope for further adventure. Like the Toy Story movies, as games advance, more new characters and game types are developed and gives rise to more potential. I'm sure we'd all like to see Mario (referenced, but not included), Tetris, Bubble Bobble, Bomberman, Lara Croft and many others included in a future movie... just we wait and see!
One of the many reasons I liked this movie was also because Owl City wrote a song for the soundtrack which played at the credits. 'When Can I See You Again' is an upbeat, electropop track and I feel that it is a perfect combination for the movie and definitely added to the viewing experience.
~~~3D or not?~~~
I saw this film in 2D and it was spectacular. Whilst there are certain scenes which I can see will be quite good in 3D, especially the candy race, it is not essential, but if you are given the choice, I would go see it in 3D because 3D is made for fun films like this.
Disney struck a winning formula with 'Wreck it Ralph'; the inclusion of recognisable game characters and a visually stunning and delicious world, programmed with a dynamic plot makes this a real game-changer of a film for Disney.
Paired with the sweet, emotive and powerful Oscar nominated short film 'Paperman' which opened to Wreck it Ralph, it is the ultimate cinematic combo, rivaling animation powerhouse Pixar in creating a beautiful, original, moving and funny film all at the same time. If Disney are ever to win a best animation Oscar over Pixar (for 'Brave'), it is NOW. GAME ON.
Wreck-it -Ralph is a Disney animated film that I found to be a somewhat, overlong film to watch. I thought being a Disney film fan that I would enjoy it. The reality was that I found it slightly boring.
The story revolves around the character of Wreck- it -Ralph who is part of an arcade game.
Ralph is unhappy with his part in the arcade game and decides he wants to be the hero not the baddy. He goes and tries to get a hero medal, by running off and going into other arcade games. Ralph then meets other characters in the other arcade games along his way and begins to cause mischief.
Normally with Disney characters I feel a certain pull of emotions and empathy.
In this film I felt the animated character of Ralph was not very endearing in any way.
The story did not at any point make me feel 'Oh poor Ralph'. Having a feeling for the characters I feel is a necessary requirement of any Disney film. I felt none of that with this film.
Wreck-it Ralph appears to be mostly trying to appeal to the young child market and parents, but it does have a few scary moments near the end of the film that young children might easily be upset by.
The film seems to race along at a rapid pace yet I felt the story line to be weak, it feels very disjointed in parts and the different characters that are introduced don't seem to work together as a whole.
I thought that Disney had lost their way with this animated story that was confusing to me in parts. It definitely required a big injection of Disney Magic!
Wreck -It-Ralph is aimed at the kiddie market, and yes, young children are going to enjoy watching this film but I am not convinced the parents will do likewise.
In the Arcade Game "Fix it Felix Jr" Ralph is the bad guy. When the game's 30th Anniversary comes round Ralph is furious to find that the games namesake Felix Jr has had a party thrown in his honour. Crashing the party Ralph vows to all that he can be more than just a bad guy. He will prove it by being the first bad guy to win a medal by leaving the game and seeking his fortune elsewhere. However, if you leave your game and die you stay dead. What repercussions will Ralph leaving his game have on Fix it Felix and the Arcade as a whole?
"Wreck It Ralph" is an inspired idea by Disney. Characters coming to life has been done before of course with Toy Story being the perfect example and Disney's own Tron being one of the first examples of video games having a life of their own. However, just because an idea has been done before it doesn't mean it can't be done successfully again and this film is filmed with moments of absolute genius.
My initial fear was that this film would appeal solely to the video game playing market and while there is plenty of game jokes and retro references for nerds such of myself to get nostalgic over it never feels forced or unnecessary. Characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Kano from Mortal Kombat and Pacman will make gamers go all misty eyed but the film works because the non-gamer never feels excluded. The characters are integrated into the story, jokes are inclusive and the game cameos are always on the periphery allowing the story to progress.
Indeed, the story although based in games very quickly makes you forget all about the arcade. Ralph is a likable oaf fighting against the stigma of being labelled "The Bad Guy" and his developing relationship with the annoying and quick-witted kid Vanellope is both heart warming and funny. Sarah Silverman is particularly good as the voice of the outcast Vanellope and the plot has a number of twists and turns that you don't always see coming.
The films overriding message, that being different isn't bad and embracing your uniqueness is good is well pitched and never schmaltzy. As you would expect the animation is absolutely top notch but there are a number of nice little touches that take it above and beyond the standard animation. Older game characters move jerkily and are animated simplistically while newer characters show fluidity of movement and enhanced animation that hint at the graphical advances through the years.
Gamers will no doubt have a ball with the variety of game cameos in "Wreck It Ralph" but this film has so much more to offer to adults and children of all ages. It entertains, it engages and it is good fun from start to finish with a strong and positive message.
After recently watching Wreck It Ralph I cannot help but wonder if Disney aren't trying to recapture the magic (and box office earnings) of the popular Toy Story series. Much like Pixar's hit franchise, this computer generated animated movie tells a tale featuring characters some of us will recognize from our youth's playtime. Instead of toys however, the cast of Wreck It Ralph are video game stars who come to life and lead their owns lives once the human players of their titles vacate the arcade they reside in. As someone who has played consoles, since I was old enough to hold a joystick, I couldn't help but be intrigued by the premise even if Disney flicks aren't usually my thing.
Ralph, the movie's title character, lives in the arcade cabinet of the fictional platform game Fix-It Felix Jr (which shares more than a passing resemblance to Donkey Kong and Rampage.) His duty, as the game's villain, is to smash a virtual building that players have to repair by controlling the heroic handyman Felix. Ralph is disillusioned with his existence, as bad guys get no respect. Felix is showered with plaudits and gets to live in a penthouse whilst his co-star Ralph is forced to sleep alone in a scrap yard. The final straw for a dejected Ralph comes when he is not invited to a party celebrating the thirty-year anniversary of the Fix-It Felix Jr video game.
Determined to prove that he is more than just a lowly villain, Ralph decides to abandon the Fix-It Felix Jr universe and travel to other games in search of a hero medal. His first port of call is the sci-fi shooter Hero's Duty were he must brave the world's insectoid dangers to claim his prize. Surviving permanent death (a fate that befalls any character who perishes outside the confides of their own game) Ralph manages to procure a medallion, but promptly loses it when he crash lands on the Mario Kart inspired racing game Sugar Rush Speedway. To reclaim the medal he'll have to team up with Vanellope von Schweetz, a glitchy character who dreams of taking part in the Sugar Rush Speedway grand prix.
As far as characters go Ralph is likeable enough. Even though he is a villain in his game, he isn't a bad guy at heart (as evidenced by a scene were he helps out a homeless Q-Bert by giving him a Pac-Man bonus cherry to eat.) He's just a guy who wants to be appreciated. Unfortunately for him, his nature to wreck things can cause trouble even when he is only trying to address problems with the best of intentions. By abandoning his home he ends up putting both his game and Sugar Rush in peril. Firstly the Felix Jr cabinet has been declared faulty, as the antagonist is missing, and may therefore get shut down by the arcade's owner. Sugar Rush on the other hand faces a bug invasion as Ralph's entry into the game allowed a creature from Hero's Duty to sneak into the racing world (what is it with insects and their urge to swarm onto sugar?)
I have to say that I liked the relationship between Ralph and the hyper energetic Vanellope. Initially the pair butt heads, but Ralph ends up warming to her when he realizes how her circumstances mirror his own. In the same way that he is shunned for being a villain, Vanellope is ostracized by the residents of Sugar Rush just because of an error in her code that causes her to glitch. Their banter is brought to life by some good voice work from actor John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman who is no stranger to portraying animated characters.
Wreck It Ralph should prove to be a huge hit with youngsters as it delivers family friendly humor and bucket loads of exciting action. I'm only able to give it three stars though as adult viewers are unlikely to find it as charming or clever as something like Toy Story or Shrek. I enjoyed the references to real life video games early on, but was disappointed when the story started to focus more on the movie's original characters. I guess that is to be expected though as Pac-man/Tapper jokes are likely to go over the heads of this generation's youth (plus Disney don't want to go overboard paying for the rights to use third party characters.) From the trailer I was however expecting to see a lot more established gaming stars make an appearance.
As you would expect from a Disney release the movie boasts some decent animation, whose artwork fluidly changes to match the various gaming locales Ralph visits. The plot is decent, but I did start losing interest in it around the halfway mark. Thankfully a touching finale rescued the movie, which seemed to be going slowly downhill after a promising opening. I wouldn't say Wreck It Ralph is essential viewing, but if you have kids it's worth checking out at the cinema or buying on DVD. At the very least I can say it is a rare video game movie that doesn't suck.