So I finally got the chance to see Wreck-It-Ralph yesterday in 3D. This movie was well worth the wait. It hit so many different notes right, and is one of my favorite animated movies of the year (my favorite being ParaNorman, but I’m biased because Halloween is my favorite holiday).
What’s the premise of this movie you ask?
“A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.”
That’s taken from IMDb and pretty much sets the story up completely in that one line. Ralph wrecks the apartment building in “Fix-It Felix Jr.” He’s grown tired of being the bad guy. He never gets invited to parties, never gets complimented, and most of all, never gets a medal. After an argument and loss of temper at the 30th anniversary party for the game he sets out on a journey to gain a medal and finally get the recognition he deserves. However, things do not go as planned.
There are TONS of nods to other games throughout this movie. I was actually shocked how many things that Disney was able to get the rights to. Sonic, Final Fantasy, Q-Bert, Street Fighter, etc… There’s even graffiti on the subway walls that says things like “Aerith Lives” and “Leroy Jenkins was here!” Looking for all the little details was incredibly fun. There are also the more on-the-nose nods like the main game that Ralph heads for to earn his medal, “Hero’s Duty” which is more HALO/Gears of War than Call of Duty, but it definitely spoofs the FPS genre really well.
The “Sugar Rush” game is like a mix between Mario Kart and Candy Land. This is where a majority of the movie takes place and is really quite beautiful in its own right. Lots of bright colors and pastels. There’s even a diet coke mountain with mentos for stalactites/stalagmites (foreshadowing much?).
All the acting is nifty. I mean, it’s what we’ve come to expect from Disney/Pixar movies. All the actors fit their parts perfectly and do amazing jobs. The score is done by Henry Jackman and really cues the same type of vibe as Scott Pilgrim did. There’s a lot of 8-Bit sampling throughout the score. Jackman blends the sounds really well though and makes them fit with the orchestral pieces. “Life in the Arcade” is probably my favorite of the bunch because it sounds like “Super Mario Bros. 3” and other assorted games from that era.
All-in-all this movie is a definite watch for gamers and the like. It’s appealing to children and adults and is the second best animated movie of the year. GO SEE IT. GO SEE IT NAO! 😀