Review: Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

  • Starring:  The vocal talent of: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and more.
  • Directed by: Rich Moore
  • Synopsis: ” Ralph is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero. On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late?” (-Collider)
  • Rated: Rated PG
  • Trailer:

Finally, after a rather disappointing year for animated movies (and movies in general), here comes one of the BEST animated features of the year. Wreck-It Ralph has something for everyone to enjoy. 

I find that several animated features are geared solely to young children and parents (if they go with their kids) are forced to sit through a rather uninteresting 90 minutes with a grin on their faces that is caused by their child’s laughter and not at all by anything on the screen. (Madagascar 3, Ice Age 4, and, yes, even The Lorax and Brave could be placed in this category for 2012.) Wreck-It Ralph brings smiles to kids of all ages as the young kids will love what they always love about cartoons and the old kids (like this 30-year old blogger) will love it for the inclusion of so many iconic videogame characters from the past and their fusion into a singular and fun-filled story.

Viewing it is quite like being a kid in a candy store as playing “Where’s Waldo” in looking for all of one’s favorite classic videogame characters is just as fun as watching the movie itself, without distracting from it either!

A nice and refreshing movie with a new spin on the “videogame” movie genre. Wreck-It Ralph succeeds in giving audiences more to relate to as Ralph wants something more out of his routine, mundane, unrewarding life. The friends and relationships developed add to the story along with the fun references to several popular games of old and new popularity.

Be on the lookout for relations to games such as Candyland, MarioKart, Qbert, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat, Halo, Mario, Call of Duty, Tanker, Pacman and more. A very impressive mix that spans decades of arcade game legend.

There isn’t too much more to say about this movie really. It is fun, full of smiles and adventure, just the right amount of blend for everyone to enjoy. Take the entire family to watch it. Even if you’re not a gamer you will love it and I guarantee you will recognize at least one or two of the characters. It’s a fun and colorful Easter Egg hunt as Disney paints a wonderful picture of the world of arcade games that resembles a little bit of Toy Story. Sure, it has an expected ending, but it is the journey that makes it so much fun.

The new characters end up just as enjoyable as the classic characters and in that way parallels the truth about gaming in and of itself. From the hardened soldier Calhoun, to the active little girl Vanellope, to several other characters, Wreck-It Ralph really brings them all together in a great world of arcade games as they hop back and forth in a “Monsters Inc” sort of way.

Yes, Wreck-It Ralph borrows heavily from other sources. And that’s okay. It takes what works form other beloved sources and puts them into one. The concepts from Monsters Inc, Toy Story, and beloved videogames. Wreck-It Ralph just works!

Final thoughts: With the added tribute of 8-bit graphics and motion sprinkled throughout the movie, the attention to detail and sense of nostalgia that Wreck-It Ralph brings is such an added and appreciated bonus to enjoy. Disney really put their time and effort into this movie and it shows. Sure, it won’t have as many memorable quotes as Toy Story, but it’s nearly just as fun! Go see one of the BEST animated movies (if not THE best) of the year this weekend! A wonderful tribute to games, gamers, and good storytelling alike! Nice work, Disney. (although, it’s not necessary to see it in 3D really)

Score:  4 out of 5 stars for Wreck-It Ralph

***Be sure you get to the theater on time! You do NOT want to miss the delightful treat of the animated short that precedes Wreck-It Ralph entitled Paperman. Trust me. It better be nominated for some awards come early next year, that’s all I’m saying! Don’t. Miss. It.


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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”


  1. The animation was incredible and the assorted video game references for adults were fun to pick out. Once they get to Sugar Rush the story is definitely aimed at young children, but it was an enjoyable romp nonetheless.


  2. This looks really fun T, though with Skyfall next week I don’t know if I’ll get to see this on the big screen, maybe a matinee showing down the road. I quite like the premise!


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