There is always an onslaught of animated films that hit theaters every year. Usually they make a ton of money, but not all of them are all-that great or even original. That isn’t the case for Disney’s latest Wreck It Ralph. The trailer alone was enough to suck in the older viewers with the appearances of tons of classic video game characters. Could this be one of the ones that delivers as the trailers promise or will it be GAME OVER?
Wreck IT Ralph follows a villain in a video game who longs to be a good guy. When he sees his chance for an escape he takes it and is thrust into a whole new world of action and candy when he forms an unlikely partnership with a young girl in attempt to become the hero before it’s “Game Over”. This is the first Disney film in sometime that seemed to step outside the box and really step up its game to deliver something special. The story is pretty clever and entertaining delivering plenty of action, comedy, and heart. The animation is gorgeous due mostly in part to the clever take on the various worlds they inhabit. The clever use of having the 8-bit characters moving in a more stutter style was awesome giving you the feel of their age. The addition of the variety of classic video game characters was an awesome addition not only making this film the way a world of a video fame should be, but also gives something for the adults to latch onto to take them back in time. These characters are everywhere in the film and even though a lot of them are in the background they added that needed affirmation that this video game world exists. The voice acting is all really well done, with the highlight being the insult banter between Sarah Silverman and John C. Reily.
There is plenty of action and numerous laugh out loud funny moments making this one of the better Disney movies to come along in some time. There is a bit of a lull in the middle of the film, but is quickly dispelled with the quick wit and clever story bringing everything back to where it intends to go. Everyone has played at least one video game in their life and thanks to Wreck It Ralph all of our child hood memories of them are back in one fun filled film that is entertaining for the whole family. I addition of the beautiful high-def transfer of the film, this special edition includes the Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and digital copy along with a slew of special features including featurettes, deleted and alternate scenes, and the Oscar winning short film Paperman.
Be sure to get out there and grab your copy of one of the best animated films of the year when Wreck-It Ralph hits the shelves on March 5th.