Wreck-It Ralph is the 9-foot-tall, 643-pound villain of an arcade video game named Fix-It Felix Jr., in which the game's titular hero fixes buildings that Ralph destroys. Wanting to prove he can be a good guy and not just a villain, Ralph escapes his game and lands in Hero's Duty, a first-person shooter where he helps the game's hero battle against alien invaders. He later enters Sugar Rush, a kart racing game set on tracks made of candies, cookies and other sweets. There, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz who has learned that her game is faced with a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph may have inadvertently started.
|Release Date||:||November 1, 2012|
|Genres||:||Family, Animation, Comedy, Adventure|
|Production Company||:||Walt Disney Animation Studios|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Rich Moore, Rick Moore, Matsune Suzuki, Merrick Rustia|
|Writers||:||Jennifer Lee, Phil Johnston, Nicole Mitchell, Rich Moore, Jim Reardon|
|Casts||:||John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Joe Lo Truglio, Ed O'Neill, Dennis Haysbert, Adam Carolla, Horatio Sanz, Rich Moore, Edie McClurg, Jess Harnell, Rachael Harris, Skylar Astin, Katie Lowes, Jamie Elman, Josie Trinidad, Cymbre Walk, Phil Johnston, Stefanie Scott, John DiMaggio, Raymond S. Persi, Brian Kesinger, Martin Jarvis, Tucker Gilmore, Brandon Scott, Tim Mertens, Maurice LaMarche, Roger Craig Smith, Kyle Hebert, Reuben Langdon, Gerald C. Rivers, Kevin Deters, Jamie Sparer Roberts, Ava Acres, Isabella Acres, Bob Bergen, David Boat, Mike Carlsen, Reed Buck, David Cowgill, Jim Cummings, Debi Derryberry, Terri Douglas, Sandy Fox, Eddie Frierson, Earl Ghaffari, Emily Hahn, Jennifer Hale, Daniel Kaz, Dave Kohut, Lauren MacMullan, Mona Marshall, Scott Menville, Laraine Newman, Paul Pape, Lynwood Robinson, Trenton Rogers, Jadon Sand, Kath Soucie, April Stewart, Fred Tatasciore, Jennifer Christine Vera, E.G. Daily|
|Plot Keywords||:||support group, product placement, bullying, racing, arcade, medal, self esteem, curiosity, precocious child, aftercreditsstinger, duringcreditsstinger, first person shooter, glitch, carefree, video gamer, q*bert, interrupted wedding, social reject, purpose of life|
Let me start by saying this: I am the ideal demographic for this movie. I am in my early/mid 30s, I grew up with videos games starting with the ColecoVision 30 years ago, which is, in the movie, when Wreck-It Ralph was released. I still play games. I have a four-year-old son who plays games. He knows who Pac-Man, Zangief and Sonic are, and you can bet that on top of that I know who Sheng Long, Tapper, Q*Bert and Burger Time are.
That's what makes me nervous about blanketly recommending this movie to everyone...not just that I'm obviously going to catch more references, in-jokes and cameos than the average movie goer, but that I'm going to recognize the archetypes they're playing off of and the mechanics they're referencing as the stories progresses.
It feels a bit like Mallrats, in that I'm so ideally in the target demographic for the movie's release that I'm not sure I can accurately gauge how it will be received by people outside of that demographic.
That said, I don't think you need to be a video game fan to enjoy this movie. It's a very well crafted movie with characters that are more Pixar than Disney. I was concerned that this was a "Disney" movie as I haven't seen a 3D CG "Disney" movie that can hold a candle to the Pixar and Dreamworks hits that I'm a huge fan of. And yet, for me, this movie was better than recent Pixar movies and better than Dreamworks movies, with characters and a story that felt worthy of of the Pixar name.
I even greatly enjoyed the animated short at the beginning. Again, something I would expect more from a Pixar film than a Disney film. The whole theater experience for this film was a delight, all the way through to the very, very brief bonus scene at the end of a credits, which is something you really, really need to be a gaming nerd to get. (Gamers who have seen The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters will definitely get it.) I went into this film with high hopes and expectations, and I was blown away. My wife, who is not a gamer at all, enjoyed the film, and when my four-year-old son was asked by her what his favorite part was, he replied, "Um... Every part! I liked the whole movie!" That he was able to talk to her and I in great detail about the plot and characters while I was able to appreciate the whole film to the level I did as an adult speaks volumes to me about how well this story was told.
If you played in arcades in the 1980s, if the games Q*Bert, Burgertime, Pac-Man, Street Fighter II and Sonic all mean something to you: You're enough of a gamer to appreciate all the references. If you have a youngster who's played video games, they're enough of a gamer to get the movie. And even if you aren't, while you may not relate to the subject matter the way I did, you're still in for an enjoyable story, with great characters, masterfully told.
Highly recommended, and a 10 out of 10 for me, as I expect this will be on both my son's and my short list of favorite movies for years to come.