Disney animation is back in excellent form with Wreck-It Ralph, thanks to Pixar alumnus John Lasseter acting as Executive producer and the Pixar brain trust who were clearly involved in the heart felt story of a video game villain who decides he has had enough of being unappreciated.
Ralph is lonely and bored, and the apartment dwellers in his
video game world treat him like he’s the enemy, which he is, but he doesn’t
feel like a bad person and he wants some appreciation and recognition from his tenants
who run screaming for the super, Fix-It Felix, when they see him coming. So he
goes out in search of a more rewarding career where people will actually value
his talents and award him with a nice shiny medal. That’ll show them that he
can also be a hero. But where or when has the bad guy ever won a medal?
Like the Toy Story
(1995) concept of toys living a secret life when people are not around, in Wreck-It Ralph, when the video arcade lights
go out, and the doors close after everyone has left, the game characters come
to life and live in a secret world of their own where characters can freely
travel from their own game into other arcade games via the electrical wires and
the surge protected power bar that connects everything together. The power bar
acts as a sort of central station through which everyone must travel to get to
the video game world you want to visit.
There are three visually distinct and uniquely fun gaming
worlds that we get to travel around in. Ralph’s home game world, called ‘Fix-It
Felix’ is an older wholesome game but is considered to be cool and still
popular with many younger kids. Representing the newer, darker, edgier high
definition, violent first person shooter games, is ‘Hero’ s Duty’, which has an
infestation of creepy flying bugs to shoot at and a cold dark blue neon Tron style visual look, not to mention a
curvaceous armor wearing, laser gun toting heroine.
Without their villain, the people of the Fix-It Felix game
now have nothing to do and their game quickly becomes in danger of being shut
down. Meanwhile Ralph decides to check
out ‘Hero’s Duty’ where he learns of the glorious medal he’s been dreaming of
that will gain him respect back at home, if he can get his gamer to the top
level in the extremely difficult game which he has no experience in.
Then there’s the candy land racing game of ‘Sugar Rush’ that looks
like the inside of Charlie’s Chocolate factory, and is run by a King who looks
like a munchkin from The Wizard of Oz.
This is where Ralph meets the spunky
glitch girl Vanellope, played by Sara Silverman. When Vanellope started glitching,
she was banished and now lives in the code of her electronic game where no one
can find her as she tries to figure out a way to regain her rightful standing in
Don’t underestimate the power of Wreck-It Ralph. There are many things in the film that will
resonate with those who are unsatisfied with their current job and desire a new career or have
had to reinvent themselves to stay relevant in today’s challenging economy. It’s also a visual treat to watch for children
Following in the tradition started by Pixar of playing an
original short animated film before each of its feature films, Wreck-It Ralph has adopted that tradition by
playing a short film called Paperman
before it starts. It’s a sweet boy meets girl fateful romantic encounter, boy
loses girl and then finds her again after many comic and anxious mishaps.