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From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. For decades, Ralph has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. As he explores exciting new worlds, he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz. Then, when an evil enemy threatens their world, Ralph realizes he holds the fate of the entire arcade in his massive hands.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 168
- Fresh: 145
- Rotten: 23
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The movie's subversive sensibility and old-school/new-school feel are a total kick.
Fresh: Amid all the boring crashing and chasing and slapstick, there are some brilliant flashes of wit (particularly a reference to the guards in the Wizard of Oz).
Fresh: It's fun for awhile, but it's not a video game you'll come back to once you set down the controller.
Fresh: For anyone with a grade-schooler and a free Saturday, it's a pretty safe and painless bet. And a great excuse to go up to the attic later and see if you can dig out your old Atari 2600.
A VIDEO GAME ADVENTURE FOR THE AGES!
I can easily say with clear confidence that "Wreck-It Ralph" is the greatest video game movie ever made. And the fact that it's a Disney flick makes it all the more sweeter. Brilliantly combining the surreal childhood nostalgia of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" with the emotionally deep storytelling of the "Toy Story" trilogy, this is one of those rare animated movies that appeals just as much to kids as it does to adults. The characters are genuinely likable and consistently funny, the brightly colored visuals are fantastically detailed, and the ingenious references to classic video games like "Pac-Man" and "Street Fighter" are a ton of fun to point out. Not only is this one of the most creative and entertaining films I've seen all year, but it actually made me feel like a kid again.
The story follows Ralph (John C. Reilly), a video game villain who's finally had enough of being constantly overshadowed by the "good-guy" star of his game, Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer). So after decades of doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on an incredible journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he has what it takes to be a real hero. On his epic quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from "Hero's Duty", a modern first-person shooter game, as well as a feisty misfit named Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing world of "Sugar Rush", where he accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it's too late?
For me, the best thing about "Wreck-It Ralph" is its charming cast of characters. These aren't just your average "run-of-the-mill" protagonists that the film awkwardly nudges you to root for. Ralph and Vanellope share an unstable yet instantly believable friendship, one that grows more emotionally poignant as the story moves along. They also get to share some of the funniest scenes in the entire movie. Fix-It Felix and Calhoun are a laugh riot together as well, even though they share about half the screen time as our two main heroes. Just about every character in general is memorable in this flick, even the small familiar cameos that appear every so often (Zangief, Sonic, Q*bert, the list goes on and on). As for the energetic, electronic music, it's amazing how well it effortlessly gels into every world the film explores. And the animation is some of the best I've seen all year, by far.
"Wreck-It Ralph" is solid proof that Walt Disney Animation Studios can still weave an exciting, emotional adventure full of clever humor and brilliant characters. Even more impressive is the fact that it literally appeals to viewers of every age. The bright eye candy and fast-paced action sequences are light enough to entertain young ones, while older filmgoers can appreciate the nostalgic nods to classic arcade games, as well as some clever in-jokes that only the most ardent gamers will understand. Personally, I had a blast with this film. Sure, when compared to the "Toy Story" movies, it doesn't quite reach the same visceral heights, but in terms of sheer entertainment value, "Wreck-It Ralph" truly delivers. All in all, this is an absolute must-buy for any big fan of video games and Disney animation. You won't regret it!
A Smashing Good Time!
Seeing "Wreck-It Ralph" on opening weekend was an absolute must for me. I've always been a huge fan of both animated Disney films and classic arcade games from the '80s, so just watching the trailer was enough to make me giddy with excitement. When I went to see it with my friends in 3D, not only did it go above and beyond my initial expectations, but it actually left me a bit emotional by the end credits. Everything from the gorgeously detailed animation to the adrenaline-fueled action sequences kept me glued to my seat the entire time. Just seeing all these amazing video games come to life right before my eyes was nothing short of exhilarating. The storytelling was also incredibly top-notch, as I genuinely grew to care about every one of the characters, especially Ralph and Vanellope, who I could both easily relate to the most. More than anything, I loved catching all the awesome character cameos from classic video games like "Pac-Man", "Street Fighter", and "Sonic the Hedgehog". They don't contribute to the plot, but just seeing them briefly appear at random spots in the movie is a surreal experience on its own. Overall, I can't think of anything I disliked about "Wreck-It Ralph". It's one of the most consistently entertaining films I've seen in a long time, and I just can't praise it enough. Whether you genuinely love video games with a passion or wanna enjoy Disney storytelling at its very best, this sweet, clever animated adventure is well worth your time. I can't wait to buy for myself it so I can experience the nostalgic humor and fun-filled action all over again!
ONE OF THE BEST ANIMATED MOVIES EVER!!!!
I loved this movie! It was so charming, heartwarming, smart, clever, very funny, visually stunning, truly heartfelt, and a well told story. All of the humor was hilarious, the script was so well done, and the premise was just interesting. Definitely one of the animation achievements. Absolutely one of my favorite animated movies of all time! LOVED Wreck-It Ralph!!