In "Wreck It Ralph" (Disney, 2012), fans of video games (or storytelling, in general) will appreciate this 3D computer-animated film. As the story goes, a video game villain, Wreck It Ralph (John C. Reilly), wants to retire from his "bad guy" role. He's tired of being a force of destruction (he wrecks a geometric, 1980's style digital building until "good guys" save the day and fix it). Rather, Ralph wants to be heroic and loved, or at the very least, a normal guy. But, when Ralph expresses his desires to his villain support group, he finds no empathy. His villain peers see no problem with being a villain -- and Ralph finally sees himself outside of both the hero and villain world. Thus, his personal quest begins.
This is when Ralph takes his big, bold move: he decides to leave his very own game. To the shock of the game's fans, Ralph mysteriously disappears from the screen has has inhabited for three decades, and he traverses into other games of the arcade. One of these lands is a kart-racing game, with candy-land-like design, in which he meets the character Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). In these games, he not only interacts with but also helps characters. Other worlds and settings are included.
Through these various games, Wreck It Ralph finds that he must eliminate a threat, the Cy-Bugs, that can take over any game they enter. These Cy-Bugs propose a huge problem, as they that could bring down the entire arcade. Worst of all, they may be a threat that Ralph inadvertently created. It then becomes Ralph's quest to stop the evil Cy-Bugs. As he confronts everything from mountains to castle prisons, he takes on a role to save the arcade -- and, in a sense, become a hero.
But does he need to be a "hero"? What is a "hero," anyway? And how can Ralph define himself? These are the questions brought into play in "Wreck It Ralph," an endearing, family film about the roles we assume in life. As Ralph traverses through games, and as he interacts with heroes, villains and all in between, he sees the roles that everyone assumes, and those that he hopes to transcend. But, more than anything, he comes to hold a greater understanding of himself, which grants deep humanity to this colorful comedy. This is a touching, highly watchable film, recommended for all ages. Other stars include Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk and Adam Carolla.
Just a few days ago, we showed you the trailer for "Wreck-It Ralph," the latest movie from Disney. The movie seems be a game-changer for the company, though, as the unique story makes you think more of Pixar than Disney (meanwhile Pixar is doing a run-of-the-mill princess story with "Brave"... what's going on here?). The concept behind "Wreck-It Ralph" is that video game villains aren't really as bad as everyone thinks they are. Ralph isn't anyway: in fact, he really wants to be a hero.
Disney used to be the be-all and end-all in animated movies. Period. But ever since that upstart Pixar came on the scene, the balance of power has shifted in Pixar's favor, and we've seen the company put out hit after hit while Disney has struggled. Of course, Disney just bought Pixar to solve the problem... but still, you would assume that Disney would be eager to put out a hit of its own after efforts like "Tangled" and "Princess and the Frog" failed to live up to Pixar's "Toy Story 3" or "Wall-E.