By Kyra Smith-Cullen
November 8, 2012
With its latest movie “Wreck-It Ralph,” Disney-Pixar manages to combine their own fan base with that of thousands of gamers to create a movie both children and adults will enjoy.
The movie is about Wreck-It Ralph, the villain of a video game who is tired of being rejected and feared because of his role. To prove that he is more than just a bad guy, he leaves his game and risks both its death and his own. Eventually, Ralph ends up in ‘Sugar Rush’ and meets Vanilepe, a glitch who is in a situation similar to his own.
One thing that I loved about the plot was how many twists it took and how the audience could guess where it would end up, but not how it would get there. It was a thrill to find such unpredictability. It was almost as great as the character development, which was astounding. Pretty much every character grew exponentially as the movie progressed. It was cute to watch two of the characters develop a relationship with each other while one of them vehemently denied it.
Another thing that was interesting about the movie was the fact that a simple ‘kids’ movie was able to intertwine several genres. The people that wanted to see romance got to, but the people that like action or sci-fi were also satisfied.
The writers also successfully appealed to all audiences. I saw adults seeming just as surprised as their children, and they were even able to laugh at some places where the jokes were designed specifically for the parents – At one point, you can see the classic video game character ‘Frogger’ jump across the screen, which is something very few children would understand.
One thing I liked about the animation was the way it was incorporated into the video game characters. For example, there is a scene where the Orange Ghost from Pac-Man is shown hovering over a chair; however, instead of having him just float, the animators included constant side to side movements similar to those he makes in the actual video games. It’s just a small detail that will thrill any gamer and add overall interest for the average viewer.
As far as voice acting went, it was extremely well done. The interaction between Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanilepe (Sarah Silverman) was terrific, emphasizing the friendship that grew as the movie continued.
Overall, if you’re looking for a movie that creates a sense of childish nostalgia and a wonderful theme, then “Wreck-It Ralph” is the film for you. It uses smooth animation and a twisting plot to draw viewers in and leave them feeling warm and fuzzy.