Movie Review — Wreck-it Ralph

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We saw this movie shortly before Christmas (as a regular movie, not 3D. Did it come in 3D?). It was a fun, enjoyable movie, that we all liked. I think that if you examine all the premises of it (how the video games work off hours, etc.) it’d probably fall apart, so we don’t do that.

Early in the show it was established that the game characters could also see out into the “real world” as well as the people being able to see in. This, unexpectedly, turned out to be an important plot point.

Also, the minor characters in the Fix-it Felix game were shown to move in a jerky fashion, though rather subtly, so it took a while for me to figure out that it was really happening, and wasn’t a glitch of the screen or my eyes. This was, of course, because they supposedly came out of a 30 year old game. I understand that this effect was really hard for the animators to do, if for no other reason than that they are always trying to make their CG characters move smoother and more realistically.

Wreck-it Ralph, after 30 years of being the “bad guy” in his game, and being shunned and ignored by his fellow game characters, tries to go out and get a medal in one of the other games, so that they’ll accept him. But “Bad guys don’t get medals”, which makes it difficult to get one (which he eventually does by cheating). Everyone is worried that he might be “Going Turbo”, a term they use for probably at least half the show before explaining it to us.

Along the way, he befriends a young girl in another game, who is was lonely as he was, while accidentally unleashing a terrifying scourge into her game.

Eventually, though, all the characters get a happy ending, two characters even getting a wedding.

I want to give a special notice to King Candy, voiced by Alan Tudyk. If I hadn’t known it was long impossible, I would have sworn that he was voiced by Ed Wynn (who played the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, and Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins).

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