Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Review: Disney proves yet again they can do it without Pixar

Wreck-It Ralph

Another enjoyable surprise of the year turns out to be Disney’s animation – Wreck-It Ralph. This year’s animated features have really picked up from the previous year and I can honestly say that I haven’t watched a bad one thus far.

The movie takes place in Litwack’s video game arcade. At night when the arcade is closed, the game characters frolick and travel in-between games; a concept which reminded of Night of The Museum and even Toy Story. We meet Ralph who is the villain in the game Fix-It Felix Jr. Ralph is tired of being the bad guy and outcast in his video gaming world. It becomes more evident one day when he is not invited to the anniversary of Fix-It Felix Jr. At the anniversary and at his support group, Ralph expresses his desire to switch sides so he can fit in with the other characters who are portrayed as “good” in the gaming world. Ralph then ventures into other games on a quest to find a medal to impress Felix and company. He meets an unexpected new friend in the Sugar Rush racing game and they form a bond. As the movie goes along, what was suppose to be just getting a medal, turns out to be a quest for Ralph to save his new friend and also the video arcade.

I’m not usually a big fan of John C. Reilly but he did pretty well with the voicing of the main character Ralph, as so did the rest of the cast. Wreck-It Ralph was better than I expected and had surprising depth. A clever, surprisingly good and heartfelt story. A villain who wants to turn good? That’s not something we are accustomed to in the movie world. Ralph and his new friend Vanellope (voiced by Sarah Silverman) are both loners in their individual gaming worlds and their bond was magical. I just love the twist which was revealed later in the story; it caught me off guard and really added to this film.

Wreck-It Ralph

In this movie, we get a mix of both new games and vintage games which will not only appease to young children but to adults as well. One of the strengths of this film was its impressive sound mixing and editing. We get new and vintage sound effects making you feel all nostalgic. I adored the characters and what is also very admirable is how each stood in character when the arcade was closed and even outside of their own game. The animation is lovely, it captures each character and their worlds perfectly making you feel as if you are in the game itself. It was really fun seeing some of the characters moving in 8-bit motions, a characteristic of vintage games. The humor is commendable and consistent throughout the film. Disney proves to everyone that they can make solid animated films without the aid of Pixar.

Although the concept might have been influenced by other films, I honestly believe Wreck-It Ralph is the best animated feature of 2012 so far. Hilarious, great voice acting, fun characters and a clever story. You will see some of your favorite video game characters get shown, getting you all lost in nostalgia. Wreck-It Ralph pays homage to classic video games and it really worked.


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  1. I am a child of the 80s. My childhood memories is all about the 8 and 16 bit games so this is why I liked this movie. The first 40 minutes was very good and the rest was just about more than decent.

  2. JenniferWard

    I saw this movie with by boyfriend and his nine year-old son. We all enjoyed it a lot. I loved the adult humor they threw into it, and the relationship between Ralph and Vanellope, and everything they went through, just about made me cry. Okay, it did make me cry.

    Great movie, and great review!

  3. I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to watch this. The first thing that struck me was the concept – video game characters moving around at night through power chords = genius!

    And it was funny. The next Toy Story? Or is it blasphemous to mention this?!

    • Next Toy Story, that’s a bold statement, but it might be deserving. I think the movie was creative enough and funny enough to deserve a sequel, as long as the sequel is of the same high quality.

      That power chord concept really blew my mind. 😀

  4. Mike G

    Absolutely adored this movie! The animation was top notch, the story was engaging and the humor was genuinely funny. There was plenty for everyone of all ages to enjoy, and it definitely made me feel nostalgic in regards to all the video games I used to play. It deserves all the praise that it gets.

  5. Sian Adele

    Was sobbing my little heart out to this film! So emotional, definitely one of the best animations I’ve seen in a while!

  6. Camille Brouard

    This was a really great film! Personally I don’t think it’s to the same level of Toy Story, but perhaps that is because the Toy Story films (1 and 2 in particular, as relics directly from my childhood memories) are so nostalgic for me. The only criticism I would give Wreck-it Ralph is that sometimes the sentimental thing was overdone, but the humour and visuals more than made up for that!

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