Wreck-It Ralph is a fun video game collaboration that is able to bring upon the same emotions as Disney’s Pixar ventures. However, Walt was alone in creating this 3D animated feature, which kept the film from achieving its high potential.
An all-star cast is littered throughout, including John C. Reilly as the titular character. Ralph is a typical classic video game villain stuck in the monotony of being trumped by the hero, Fix it Felix, Jr., voiced by 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer. Ralph escapes from his retro world and enters two boisterous arcade games: a first person shooter, housed by Jane Lynch’s Sergeant Calhoun, and the sweeter than sugar Kart Racer “Sugar Rush”, where the glitchy Venellope, voiced by Sarah Silverman, is fighting to gain a medal in a race.
If that seemed like a lot to develop in a basic story, it’s because it was. The first 30 minutes are as highly enjoyable as the rest, but seemed to stumble off of the starting block. Moving from one arcade game to the next felt abrupt, but when things settled down in the “Sugar Rush” setting, a beautiful wallflower story blossomed between Ralph and Venellope.
Disney didn’t hold back in the graphical department, giving Toy Story 3 a run for its money. I found myself in near constant chills from the thrill of watching such beautiful renders interact so fluidly on the silver screen.
And that’s pretty much all there is to Ralph. It had plenty of adult humor jokes to entertain those bringing their young-in’s to this Disney flick. The video game characters from third party companies, such as Nintendo’s Bowser and Sega’s Sonic, were used lightly enough to not be obtrusive.
All in all: a great film, with great animation, but with a muddled early act.
****1/2/***** (four-and-a-half out of five stars)
Running time: 108 minutes (1 hour and 48 minutes)
Original Release Date: November 2nd, 2012
Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence.
*Animated short “Paperboy” before.