Runtime: 108 Mins.
Let me start off by saying that "Wreck-it Ralph" is NOT a Pixar film. I was kinda surprised to hear that some people were confused by this. "Wreck-it Ralph" was made by the other studio that makes Disney films, that one that goes by the name of Walt Disney Animation Studios. They have produced a mix bag that contains 2007's "Meet the Robinsons" which was not very good, and quite clearly beneath the quality of Pixar's films, but then in 2010 they made "Tangled" which I was pleasantly surprised by, and in 2012 "Wreck-it Ralph." Clearly their quality of films is going up.
Wreck-it Ralph is about Ralph, the villain of a game in which Ralph smashes a building and then the player must fix it by controlling Fix-It Felix Jr. weilding his fix-everything-in-one-hit hammer. Let me stop here to mention that this film is not just for gamers. People who have played plenty of video games over the years may appreciate the appearance of some of the characters and the electronic/video-gamey sounding music a bit more, but let me make this clear, this is a film for anyone who likes animated films.
The fact that the film takes place inside video games, and often travels from one to another, allows for interesting and varied landscapes and graphics making this one of the more unique animated films out there.
Inside this land between lands there is a club for game villains who all seem to be in a state of depression over the fact that they are villains. It's a support group to keep them encouraged enough to remain villainous, but it doesn't seem to be working for Ralph. He wants more from life, and it's not hard to see why. In his game-world he always loses, and gets thrown off the top of the building. At the end of the day Fix-It Felix and all the building's residence hang out in their penthouse on the top floor and have a party, which Ralph is not invited to. Ralph has to spend much of his time alone and his house is a pile of dirt and garbage.
|Recognizable characters from many different game franchises populate the land between games.|
Inside this game a girl named Vanellope takes his medal, thinking its a coin, which is the cost of admission to partake in the races that happen in Sugar Rush. Of course, Ralph wrecks the starting line area stopping the race. Turns out in order to get his medal back he has to help Vanellope win the race, and if he doesn't get back to his own game by morning the game will be labeled out of order and unplugged for good. Afterall, how can Fix-It Felix Jr. fix the building if it hasn't been wrecked to begin with. There is a lot more to it, but for the sake of not spoiling everything, and writing a novel to explain it all, I'll leave you to watch the rest.
This film should have won the Academy Award for best animated film. I can't help but feel as though the award seems to go to Pixar by default now, and granted usually they are right for having given them to Pixar films, but not in this case. "Brave" was at best only an average film. After Wall-e and Up (two films I liked very much), Brave was a disappointment. It wasn't really funny, when it was supposed to be and while the moral was fine, it sadly wouldn't have happened if Merida hadn't gone against her mother's wishes and turned her into a bear. I'm not sure that's a good message. And the final message we were left with was that Merida didn't like the traditions of her people, so she fought the system till they made her an honorary boy... another message that isn't exactly bad, but isn't exactly good either.
Perhaps last year wasn't a strong year for animated films, but the bottom line is, Wreck-It Ralph is a stronger film than Brave, and maybe the one standout in 2012. It should have won the Oscar, and you should watch it.