Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph – it's a blast from the past

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Wreck-It Ralph Movie ~ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Two of my children (ages seven and nine) and I saw an early screening of Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) last week. The wreck-tacular 3D film is about a video game character that doesn’t want to be the bad guy anymore. We loved the animated movie and thought it was funny. Wreck-It Ralph opens in theaters today.

The 411 for Wreck-It Ralph

The story The villain in a video game wants to be the good guy for a change
Appropriateness for children It’s OK for kids. There is some cartoonish video game violence and bathroom humor.
Positives
  • Interesting and fun story
  • Unexpected twist near the end of the movie
  • Seeing some of the video games is like a walk down memory lane for adults
Negatives
  • The animated motion of some of the characters are jerky to mirror old video games
  • The two main characters are hard to like at times because they are kinda of annoying
Release date November 2, 2012
Rating Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence
Runtime 108 minutes
Genre Animation, comedy

Ralph wrecks it, and Felix fixes it
Ralph is the villain in a video game called Wreck-it Ralph. It’s his job to wreck things. The good guy is Felix, who has a hammer that can fix anything. At the end of each game, Ralph is tossed off the roof of a building. After about 30 years, Ralph is tired of being the bad guy. He wants to be the good guy for a change. So he leaves his game and goes on a quest to win a medal in another video game.

Hero’s Duty and Sugar Rush
The story starts off with the Wreck-It Ralph video game. Then Ralph heads to the Hero’s Duty game to kill some bugs and earn a medal. But then Ralph discovers the bugs are actually giant killer bugs. Ralph eventually gets a medal, but then he crashes into the Sugar Rush game and loses his medal. Ralph meets up with a glitch by the name of Vanellope. She convinces Ralph to help her win a go-cart race so he can get his medal back.

It’s a little like Toy Story
I didn’t think about this before I saw Wreck-it Ralph, but the film is a little bit like Toy Story. Just a little. Like Toy Story, the characters of the video games come to life when the humans leave after the arcade closes for the night. The characters use the electrical wires to visit each other. As a result, they are never seen outside of the video games.

Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer are excellent
The main characters are played by John C. Reilly (Ralph) and Sarah Silverman (Vanellope). However, the characters played by Jane Lynch (Sergeant Calhoun) and Jack McBrayer (Felix) stood out in the animated film. Wreck-it Ralph also features Alan Tudyk (King Candy), Mindy Kaling (Taffyta Muttonfudge), Joe Lo Trugli (Markowski), Ed O’Neill (Mr. Litwak), Dennis Haysbert (General Hologram), Edie McClurg (Mary), Raymond S. Persi (Gene / Zombie), Jess Harnell (Don), Rachael Harris (Deanna), Skylar Astin (Roy), and Adam Carolla (Wynnchel). The movie was directed by Rich Moore.

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