Now that October is over, more family friendly flicks are being released. The holiday movie season is rapidly approaching and so far, it is promising. Disney’s latest feature film, “Wreck It Ralph” is good for kids, both young and old. It appeals to the younger crowd because it’s like watching the characters in a video game after it’s been turned off. We get to see how they interact with each other. For the older ones, we see a story about someone who has been cast out and just wants a friend. It has an amazing, all star voice cast, including John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer and Alan Tudyk.
The story focuses around Ralph, a large, red haired man who’s sole purpose in his game is to wreck things for his counterpart, Fix-It Felix Jr., to repair. After thirty years of being seen as the bad guy, Ralph expresses a desire to be good. He attends a support group for evil characters in other games. Upon returning to his game, he sees that the tenants of the building he wrecks are throwing a party for Felix to celebrate the games thirtieth anniversary. Ralph crashes the party, quite literally, before decideing he needs to prove that he can be good by earning a medal.
Ralph enters a game called “Hero’s Duty”, a parody of the Halo series. He manages to get a medal, but inadvertently takes a Cy-Bug into another game, “Sugar Rush”. In the game based of kart racing in a candy world, he meets Vanellope von Shweetz. She is known as “the glitch” due to her ability to become warped and teleport. They become friends after seeing that they are both outcasts. Ralph helps her build a car so she join the upcoming race. However, he has a run in with King Candy who convinces Ralph to keep Vanellope out of the race. After Ralph meets Sour Bill, King Candy’s henchman, he learns the truth: Vanellope isn’t a glitch but a character who has been taken out of the game’s code.
Calhoun, the tough as nails commander from “Hero’s Duty”, joins up with Felix to find Ralph in “Sugar Rush”. Things seem to go well until the Cy-Bug’s eggs hatch and invade the game, destroying the land. The finish line is destroyed, which means Vanellope can’t cross it and reset the game. Ralph helps defeat the Cy-Bugs and Felix fixes the finish line. Once she crosses, the other characters in the game have their memories restored. It is revealed that King Candy is really Turbo, a character from an old game that had been unplugged but still has a strong desire to win. He had Vanellope removed from the code because she is the princess of Sugar Rush, therefore making her the rightful ruler. With everything as it should be, Ralph, Felix and Calhoun return to their respective games. Ralph is seen as a hero in his game, earning respect from the other characters.
Overall, “Wreck-It Ralph” is a very entertaining film with tons of visual perks. There are multiple cameos from classic video game characters, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, the ghosts from Pac Man and Q*Bert. The animation is seamless as it jumps from the lighthearted “Wreck-It Ralph” game to the intense “Hero’s Duty” game and into the sugar saturated, brightly colored world of “Sugar Rush”. It will keep children interested from beginning to end, as well as adults. The story is one that shows that the underdog can achieve greatness, which is a good message for everyone.
Along with the feature film, there is a short animated film called “Paperman” which is about a man’s chance meeting with a young woman who captures his interest. There is no dialogue, but it is a cute film that will elicit a few chuckles. There is no questionable content in this and is safe for viewers of all age. “Wreck-It Ralph” has some things that people might object to, like mild crude humor, a few scenes that might be scary for younger children and brief moments of alcohol consumption.