Hello g33ks, m33ks, and anyone who knew that the only way to have a chance at beating Contra was; Up Up Down Down Left Right B A Start. I am reviewing a film that I’m sure many of you have at least a burgeoning interest in, Disney’s Wreck It Ralph. It is to be noted that this film is not a Pixar animated feature. That said this isn’t exactly Madagascar or Ice Age either. This film is trying to walk an interesting line, it wants to appeal to children but it also wants to appeal to adults who can catch all of the references in Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Did it succeed? Is there any hope for a 3D animated feature released by Disney but not from the studio with Luxo Jr. hopping around in its logo?
This is the basis for Ralph leaving his game and going into other game worlds. One of the interesting things about Wreck It Ralph are the rules of the universe. Game characters can leap from game to game within the arcade by using Game Central, but once in another game you have to play by that game’s particular set of rules. The cardinal rule is extremely important, if you die outside of your game you don’t regenerate, you die forever. There are other rules in the film but those would give away elements of the story. The film does an excellent job balancing references to games that actually exist with creating their own games. This allows them to pay tribute to/parody games we know and love. Along the way Ralph meets a hard nosed sci-fi first person shooter in the game Hero’s Duty, Sgt Calhoun (Jane Lynch) and the so sweet you might get a cavity wannabe racer of Sugar Rush, Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman).
The story is balanced in just the right way with action, comedy and heart to keep even the more cynical viewers on board. It features the usual high quality Disney 3D which is designed to enhance the viewing experience not just to pop things out at the audience. The original score is also well done as it definitely feels like classic arcade soundtracks. This film will work for families and for any classic gaming fan. The best thing will be the moments where an older g33k has to explain to the newly g33ky what some of the more classic gaming references actually mean. Passing on the lore of kill screens, input codes, and the dreaded .25 x 8 game ($2.00 a game was a real afternoon killer) is almost as much fun as seeing them on screen. This isn’t going to be like a Pixar film that could be nominated with the best pictures of the year but it is a ton of fun and absolutely worth going to see in the theatre.
– Mr. Khon
Kudos should go out to the preceding short film, Paper Man. This is nearly on par with some of the best shorts made by Pixar. It actually elicited an audible audience reaction when it was finished and a few people even broke out into applause.