Have you ever wondered if these video arcade game characters, both playable and non-playable actually have a life outside of playing time? What would be on their minds and what do they do after “work”?
Well in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest movie Wreck It Ralph, Director Rich Moore with screenwriters Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee explore this idea. Choosing to focus on a bad guy instead of the usual template good guy, the movie zooms in on Wreck It Ralph, the bad guy who goes around wrecking things (as his names implies) in a video arcade game found in Mr Litwak’s video arcade.
But after 30 years of being the bad guy, Wreck It Ralph decides that he has enough of being the bad guy and wants to be a good guy to gain the acceptance of everyone. Against the many protest including his fellow bad guys from other games, Wreck It Ralph goes against the flow and finds himself in an adventure to remember.
The first thing to hit me are the beautifully game inspired graphics that is extremely familiar yet unique in its own way. From the first person shooter Hero’s Duty to the Sugar Rush racing game, one can’t help but smile as it is rather obvious which game these are modeled after. Yet thanks to the characters that populate these game worlds, its stands out well on its own.
Casting for Wreck It Ralph is top notch with John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch lending their voices to the various characters found in the movie. From the hard as nail Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun to the mischievous but adorable Vanellope von Schweetz, you can really feel the “Human” in them.
Overall this is one movie that the everyone can enjoy even if you didn’t spend your youth in an arcade. From the video game inspired graphics to the simple but deep values the movie presents to its viewers, the people at Walt Disney Animation Studios have once again demonstrated why they are still at the top of their game. Not forgetting a soundtrack that really brings out the video game world feel, this is one movie that should be on everyone’s to watch list for the holiday season.
Ratings: 4 out of 5 Stars
by Kenneth Wong
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