Surely you’ve seen the trailers for Wreck-It Ralph… we were pretty stoked to see this movie, it looked funny and sweet. I’m happy to report that Brian and I loved it just as much as the kids did!
I think this is a brilliant combination of being fun for people who grew up playing arcade games as well as being appealing for kiddos. My kids have had very limited exposure to actual arcade games, but they still thought it was a great story.
Here’s the synopsis from Disney:
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? “Wreck-It Ralph” crashes onto the big screen on November 2, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
What we loved (in addition to the 80s arcade flashbacks!) was the recurring theme of accepting yourself for who you are and using your strengths. I also thought the animation was brilliant. The characters inside the old-school games moved choppily – a subtle nuance that I found really charming. It was funny, too. All four of us laughed a lot – though at different times throughout the movie!
I recommend seeing Wreck-It Ralph. We saw it in 3D, which was really fun. I’m sure the non-3D version is great, but if you can, see the 3D. It really came to life. Wreck-It Ralph is in theaters now – go see it!
Disclosure: my family and I were given free passes to an advance screening of this movie. No compensation was received for writing this post, and all opinions are mine.