Disney-Pixar does it again!
Every time we think Disney’s peaked with an awesome movie, it promptly proves us wrong, with the next few releases. Starting with the classics like Cinderella and Snow White to now Wreck-It Ralph, there doesn’t seem to be anything stopping Disney-Pixar.
With the new release, Disney has recognized a growing audience of movie watchers who are also gaming fanatics and has tried, successfully to exploit that. Wreck-It Ralph is set in a gaming arcade, and naturally is bursting to the seams with popular video game characters from Bowser and Sonic the Hedgehog, to Pac-Man and his ghosts.
Apart from these, there are a handful of references to gaming seen in the characters and their games. Even if you’re just a casual gamer, you will easily fit in and understand the flow of the movie, not to mention a few gaming themed jokes.
The movie revolves around Wreck-It Ralph,(who has a vague resemblance to the Ben 10 alien Armodrillo), the villain of the popular arcade game Fix-It Felix, Jr.
Unlike most other villains, Ralph is sick of being a bad guy and wants to be accepted by the people of the game, who shun him and hero worship the games’s protagonist Fix-It Felix. He tries entering the game’s 30th anniversary party, but ends up wrecking it, and leaves.
Later, at Tapper’s tavern (another game) he meets a soldier from the FPS, Hero’s Duty ( a not so subtle blend of Mass Effect and Space Marine) who tells him that the game’s winner receives a medal. Ralph decides to enter the game, causing a lot of confusion among the real world gamers as well as the game’s heroine, Sergeant Calhoun. After finally getting his medal, he encounters a Cybug (the game’s villains and a sort of virus) and ends up in an escape pod with, on a crash course to another game, Sugar Rush, a Mario Kart-like video game, with an emphasis on candy and chocolate..
Meanwhile, Felix and the others have a dreaded ‘Out of Order’ sign placed on their console, meaning unplugging and destitution. Felix then teams up with the Sergeant to bring Ralph back.
In Sugar Rush, Ralph meets Venellope von Schweetz, a glitchy character who dreams of racing, despite being shunned by the other racers. What follows is a an unraveling of their world with the candy exterior of Sugar Rush being removed to show a darker underbelly.
The movie runs around two hours and is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time, giving other animated releases like Madagascar and Ice Age some serious competition. This movie is not just one for the kids. Watch it if you call yourself a gamer. You won’t be disappointed.