From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore comes “Wreck-It Ralph,” a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day—but can he do it in time?
I do love all Walt Disney Animation Studios movies, and Wreck-It Ralph didn’t disappoint! I left the theater so surprised at how much a really enjoyed this movie.
The animation takes you through each of the different video game worlds starting with the old pixel style, to the bright cartoon style, to the dark sci-fi style. You will want to see this movie in 3D to experience the dimensions and depth of the animation.
Each of the characters — Ralph, Felix Jr., Vanelope, Sergeant Calhoun — had their own back story revealed allowing you to connect with them in different ways and making the overall story complete. The voice talents did an amazing job embodying each of their character’s personalities. The script was really funny and parents will appreciate the references to video games we played as kids.
The story had so many a great learning lesson for the kids, but at the same time serves as a very good reminder to adults … relationships will only survive if there is trust and loyalty, you won’t win by being a bully, working as a team can be so much sweeter than working alone, winning is not always about the gold medal, and it is important to like who you are.
One tip … do not get up as soon as the movie ends. The animation during the first half of the closing credits is a lot of fun and if your kids watch the Disney Channel they will want to sing along to “When Can I See You Again” by Owl City.
You will want to make sure you get to the theater in time to see the new short from Walt Disney Animation Studios titled Paperman. Almost entirely in black-and-white, the story is about a lonely young man in New York City, who accidentally meets with a woman on his morning commute. The short is sweet and very funny. The hand drawn animation over the CG animation is refreshing to watch.
Finally, if your kids love video games they can now play the games featured in the film now on the official Wreck-It Ralph website!
Wreck-It Ralph opens in theatres everywhere this Friday, November 2nd. For more information, visit Disney.com/Wreck-It-Ralph, like the movie on Facebook and follow Walt Disney Animation Studios on Twitter.
Special thanks to Walt Disney Animation Studios for inviting me to the advance screening of “Wreck-It Ralph”. All statements are my opinion and my opinion only. I did not receive any other form of compensation.