The Magical World Of Disney #57: Wreck-It Ralph

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Theatrical release poster depicting Ralph along with various video game characters

Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 52nd Disney animated feature film. The film was directed by Rich Moore, who has directed episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama, and the screenplay was written by Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee from a story by Moore, Johnston and Jim Reardon. John Lasseter served as the executive producer. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch. The film tells the story of the eponymous arcade game villain who rebels against his role and dreams of becoming a hero. He travels between games in the arcade, and ultimately must eliminate a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph himself inadvertently started.

Wreck-It Ralph premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on October 29, 2012, and went into general release on November 2. The film has earned $471 million in worldwide box office revenue, $189 million of which was earned in the United States and Canada; it was met with critical and commercial success, winning the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and receiving nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 5, 2013.

A sequel titled Wreck-It Ralph 2 is scheduled for release on March 9, 2018.

This was a movie that I was very much looking forward to right at the beginning of the year because of its’ very unique premise to it. So, does the film live up to the expectations I had for it?

For the most part, it does.

This movie was a lot of fun and in a very mediocre year for animated movies, it’s up there with Hotel Transylvania as my favorite animated movie of the year.

That being said, the film does have a few flaws to it but not that really destroy my feeling toward the film.

For one thing, the film’s premise basically is that the main character would travel to a series of different video game worlds but in the film, he only travels to three different video games, Pacman, Hero’s Duty and Sugar Rush. I think that it would’ve been more interesting if he had actually gone to some of the more prolific video games that Disney got a hold of like Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, House Of The Dead, and others like that. Maybe in the sequel.

The other thing I didn’t really like is how they tease the villain in the film. There’s a part in the movie where they talk about Turbo, a character from an old game who is notorious for having jealously sabotaged a newer, more popular game, causing both games to be unplugged permanently. And if you listen very closely, you can hear King Kandy’s voice in the character of Turbo but towards the climax, they expect you to be shocked when it’s revealed that King Kandy is actually Turbo. But to me, I sarcastically said, “Wow, what a shocker.” Honestly, this wouldn’t be a problem if they didn’t have the same voice that Alan Tudyk had for King Kandy in the character of Turbo. I would’ve liked to see a better villain reveal that the one they gave us here.

Those are the only two main flaws that I have with the movie. Everything else about the movie works really well.

The animation is spectacular, the movie does an incredible job of blending both 3D computer animation and the old and new video game graphics and making it a seamless pairing.

John C. Reilly also does a really great job as the voice of Ralph and it’s amazing that he’s not getting more lead roles because he’s only had two big main lead roles, this and Dewey Cox in Walk Hard and he’s great in both movies. Sarah Silverman also delivers some good laughs as Vanellope as does Jack McBrayer as Fix It Felix Jr., Alan Tudyk as King Kandy, and Jane Lynch as Agent Calhoun.

The story also worked very well to the film and the movie itself runs at a good enough pace. It’s also a great feature directorial debut for Rich Moore, who’s best known for his work on The Simpsons and Futurama.

Probably the most interesting thing about this movie is that it’s more of a Pixar film than what Disney usually does. Which is ironic considering that Brave, while it’s still a good movie, was pretty much more of a Disney princess movie than what Pixar usually does.

Wreck It Ralph is a welcome relief in the slump of very mediocre animated movies released this year. It’s a smartly written, smartly made, well animated original movie. It’s one of the best animated movies I’ve seen all year.

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