Directed by: RIch Moore.
Featuring the voices of: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Adam Carolla and Alan Tudyk.
Remember going to Timeout, Stop N' Play and Chuck E Cheese? Worth every dollar spent. It was a time for our parents and my generation to enjoy arcade games before slowly going out of style by the general consensus. To me, the best games were Street Fighter, Jurassic Park, throwing Basketballs, rolling those heavy balls into the point holes, trying to win a thousand tickets just to be able to buy little army soldiers and whatever prices they offered.
Wreck-It Ralph is an arcade game character who happens to be a villain in the Fix-it Mr. Felix videogame who, for years since his creation, has reached a point where he believes he deserves to be the hero once and win a gold medal.
The word "original" has been tossed around a lot lately this year, especially by critics in regards to this animated festival. What do I think? I guess the originality lies behind characters trying to reinvent themselves against their programing and the vast amount of sets that open doors to great possibilities and an infinite amount of characters. But no doubt the inspiration for Ralph, Felix and of course, the female lead Vanellope Von Schweetz were inspired by Mario Karts and Donkey Kong. Don't believe me? Watch it again. Anyways, where Disney succeeds is showing classic game characters like Pacman, Sonic (Was he ever an arcade game?), Ryou etc. Most kids won't get the humor, but us grownups will. Smart enough to entertain an entire audience without losing it. Bravo Disney, as always, when you aren't being completely arrogant and self absorbed in your own green.
Sometimes I wonder how the process for animated movies takes place. Do they bring in the actors first and then start the animation? Or the other way? Because a character like Ralph and how he looks seems to much of a coincidence that an actor like John C. Reilly can look and sound perfect enough. Regardless, he was an excellent choice. And, I must admit, that though Sarah Silverman might just as well be the least funnies woman and one of the most annoying on the planet, her voice fit Vanellope perfectly.
Of course, I didn't laugh. A couple of chuckles, but nothing to have me going to the doctor. No, no what Disney manage to do with me keep a smile on my face. Wreck-It Ralph has beautiful sets, deliciously colored characters and a cute father daughter kind of relationship that reminds you why they were the first and reign supreme overall in the animation department. Since Disney won't do anymore Fairy tales, because 5-7 year old girls are more concerned in be hot and cool than wanting to be princesses with prince charming, I hope they can produce more of these in the years to come, since sadly, we all have to move with the times. Something I fear for my kids.
Overall, colorful, and by far set to be animated movie of the year.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.