Each year when Disney produces a new animation feature, audiences are geared up and expecting magic and “Wreck-It Ralph” does not disappoint.
“Wreck-It Ralph,” while giving the audience a life lesson that many can use, is also a comedic adventure that will have everyone oohing and awing even before the actual feature begins. As with many new Disney movies, a short animation feature precedes the movie, “Paperman” is a cute, quirky love story that will leave you smiling and wishing it was you.
“Wreck-It-Ralph” however features a star studded comedic cast, including John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope Von Shweetz, and Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun, the life they bring to their characters shines through. Silverman and Reilly as always are the comedic stars and focus of the movie and Lynch is a gruff and tough drill sergeant from the game “Hero’s Duty.”
Actually taking their simple nuances and tendencies into consideration, the actors’ personality come alive in each of their characters, from simple little facial expressions to their complete mannerisms.
Wreck-It Ralph is the bad guy in his video game, destroying buildings multiple times a day, getting thrown off a building when he loses, and garnering the hatred of the building’s tenants. His counterpart, Fix-It Felix Jr., is everything that Ralph wants to be, he is loved, a hero, and popular. Ralph ventures out from his game in order to find a way to prove to everyone that he is more than his programming, that he is kind and sensitive on the inside too.
Traveling throughout the gaming sphere, through Game Central Station, we are taken by Ralph all over the arcade, even to a Bad-Anon meeting featuring villains throughout gaming history. Keeping the story fresh, vibrant, and not knowing what will happen next keeps the audience on its toes and interested where Ralph will end up.
Ralph finally ends up in Sugar Rush after earning his “hero’s medal” from Hero’s Duty, where Ralph realizes who he is. Helping the “glitch” Vanellope Von Shweetz get into the nightly race for a spot in the top nine of Sugar Rush becomes Ralph’s main mission.
Seeing Vanellope as the black sheep in her world, unloved and unwanted by others like himself, Ralph becomes the person he had hoped to project to everyone. “He may be a bad guy, but it doesn’t mean you are bad guy,” as Zangief says earlier in the anon meeting.
Doing what Disney does best, Ralph keeps the audience intrigued but also gives a semblance of humanity to the protagonist. Taken as a euphemism for those watching the movie, many people are trying to earn the respect and admiration of those around them, trying to show that sometimes what we seem to be is not who we always are. Ralph is always true to himself, even as he evolves into the character we see at the end.
Imagining a world where inanimate objects, while not original, it gives the audience a new world to imagine about.
Knowing how to tug on an audience’s heartstrings and get them into the movie, Disney knocks this one out of the park and is worth the amount of quarters for admission no matter the age.