Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

 Video games and movies do not necessarily make a good combination. Films like “Super Mario Bros.”, “Mortal Kombat” and “Street Fighter” have all been, shall we say, less than stellar adaptations of popular video games. But movies about video games are a whole different subject. Movies like “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” delve into the popularity of video games. And now Disney is paying tribute to the classic hours spent in the arcades with “Wreck-It Ralph”: a love letter to all things video games. Yes, Disney did tackle the subject of video games with 1982’s “Tron” and its lackluster sequel “Tron Legacy”, but with “Wreck-It Ralph” we get an original story that pays tribute to video games. “Wreck-It Ralph” is an amazing entry in Disney’s library and by making video games look awesome.

 The story involves several arcade cabinets at an actual arcade. Once the arcade shuts down for the day, the actual video game characters relax. One of these characters is Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) the bad guy from the game Fix-It Felix, Jr (where the titular hero of the game is voiced by Jack McBrayer). Ralph decides to abandon his game because he is tired of being the bad guy all of the time. So, from here, Ralph decides to game jump into other video games in the arcade like Hero’s Duty, a violent action game where the main character is a tough as nails woman voiced by Jane Lynch, and Sugar Rush, a racing game where there is a little girl named Venellope (Sarah Silverman) trying to win first place in a candy-coated environment. This causes a problem: without Ralph, Fix-It Felix, Jr will not work because Ralph’s the bad guy, and the game will be unplugged causing the whole world be erased. Ralph must find out who he is and return before his game is pulled. Literally.

 “Wreck-It Ralph” is a love letter to video games. The story takes a concept that is not based on an actual video game and turns it on its side. The characters are likeable, and the direction is great. The animation is top notch for Disney as everything is bright and colorful, including the entire credit sequence done in video game sprites. Speaking of video games, that’s where the real spirit of the movie lies. There are so many great video games and characters that are put into the film, you will have to watch the movie again just to point out every little detail put in the film. If you’re not a video fan, then you will be amazed at what Disney has done with a great concept. Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with this movie at all. There is great animation, a great story, and a great concept. This is one of Disney’s best works.

 “Wreck-It Ralph” is a loving tribute to the graphics and polygons that we enjoy. Here’s hoping that Hollywood improves with turning video games into movies with the right people. Looking at you Uwe Boll.

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