Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is the villain in the arcade game “Fix-It Felix Jr.”. Felix (voiced by Jack McBrayer) and the rest of the game’s cast are celebrating their 30th anniversary in the penthouse, while Ralph continues living and watching from the dump. At a “Bad-Anon” meeting, Ralph confides in the other video game villains (including Koopa and Clyde – the orange PacMan ghost) about wanting to become a hero. Despite the “it’s good to be bad” prayer, Ralph acts on his impulse and takes a journey through the arcade – into other games. Ralph stumbles into “Heroes Duty” where he meets Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch) and “Sugar Rush” to meet Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman), who he must help combat the evil-as-a-cavity King Candy (voiced by Alan Tudyk).
According to the story, the worst part that can happen to a character is if they go “Turbo,” which is what the others fear for Ralph (and of course, they fear viruses). But when “Out of Order” signs start appearing on the games, it becomes a race against time to reset the arcade before business opens the next day. During the race, there are some memorable cameo appearances or mentions, including Sonic the Hedgehog, PacMan (the “cherry-chasing dot-muncher”), and Frogger.
Wreck-It Ralph is an endearing story that provides each viewer, young or old, with a sense of nostalgia. It continues the trend in many of this year’s animated movies, too – vibrant color, and lots of it. There are more colors on display than there are in the 64-pack box of Crayola crayons and perhaps even more than in DreamWork’s Madgascar 3.
This is a solid, hurmorous, and lively family movie with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, some of which kids may start to repeat (ahem, Ms. Calhoun – “Fear is a four letter word ladies, you wanna go peepee in your big boy slacks, keep it to yourself!”). Wreck-It Ralph is rated PG and runs 101 minutes.
Oreeeee-O, -o, -o, Orrrrreeeee-O,
Author’s Note: Arrive early so you can make it in time to see the animated short, Paperman. It’s a great little story full of the typical, but refreshing Disney magic. Grade: A