Director: Rich Moore
Writers: Jennifer Lee, Phil Johnston, Rich Moore, Jim Reardon
Voice Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Adam Carolla, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Joe Lo Truglio, Ed O'Neill, Dennis Haysbert, Rich Moore, Edie McClurg, Raymond S. Persi, Jess Harnell, Rachael Harris, Skylar Astin, Skrillex, Horatio Sanz, Maurice LaMarche, Stefanie Scott, John Di Maggio, Katie Lowes, Jamie Elman, Josie Trinidad, Cymbre Walk, Tucker Gilmore, Brandon Scott, Tim Mertens, Kevin Deters, Gerald C. Rivers, Martin Jarvis, Brian Kesinger, Roger Craig Smith, Phil Johnston, Reuben Langdon, Kyle Hebert, Jamie Sparer Roberts
Synopsis: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence
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Meet the cast of Wreck It Ralph
Just because you're a bad guy..doesn't mean you're a bad guy..
"Wreck-It-Ralph" may not be the best animated film ever made, but it teaches a valuable lesson about life; while presenting a very light hearted story that the whole family can enjoy. The film is centered around a video game villain named "Wreck-It-Ralph", who happens to be part of the game, "Fix-It-Felix Jr." The object of the game is fairly simple, as Ralph wrecks the same building throughout each game, and then the player uses Felix to fix whatever damage that Ralph causes. Although it's a rather repetitious game, it's one of the arcades longest running ones, as it's been around for thirty years.
During non business hours, all the video game characters, in the arcade games, live out their own lives secretly ala "Toy Story" style; which involved toys secretly being sentient beings whenever the children were away. However, in "Wreck-It-Ralph's" case, it's with video game characters instead. During this time, Ralph (John C. Reilly) often finds himself saddened by the fact that nobody in his own game even likes him, nor did anyone care to invite him the celebration of Fix-It-Felix Jr's anniversary party.
He even attends video game support groups to help boost his morale about being a game villain. Sadly, none of this works for him, as he starts to question his place in life. Dreaming about how just once he'd like to be the hero for a change, to the love and respect that Felix gets. Of course, to be fair, he does do a job with little to no thanks each day, so can one really blame him?
To make a long story short, he eventually finds out about a new arcade game called "Hero's Duty", which bares a striking resemblance to the popular "Halo" games, as he embarks on his quest to try to win a medal to prove he's a hero. Unfortunately, something goes horribly wrong that could put all the arcade games in danger potentially; which prompts Ralph to test his courage to become a real hero.
Along the way, we meet a colorful cast of characters that help Ralph in his journey like Fix It Felix Jr (Jack McBrayer), Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), and Commander Calhoun (Jane Lynch). And, that's basically all you need to know about the plot without giving away too much.
Although the story may not be perfect, as the romance between Felix and Calhoun is a bit rushed, and often forced at times. However, the focus isn't meant to be on those characters, as Ralph is the main protagonist in this story; which is where the focus of the movie should be.
The film covers a character like Ralph that wants more out of life, and wonders if this is all he'll ever amount to. A feeling of not being happy with his current place in the world, as this a very deep universal conflict that many of us struggle with each day. What I love about this movie most is the subtle message it tries to give. The message is that just because a person may not always have the best qualities that others may have, it doesn't mean that mean that they're useless. As one scene shows, Felix is trying to break out of prison with his hammer, but he's unable to because fixing things is all he's programmed to do; thus he needed Ralph's help to break out.
In fact, this film preaches the subtle concept to kids that they should just be themselves, and try to be happy with who they are; rather than teach children that they need to change in order to fit in. No, this movie is too smart for that. Although there have been other films that have derived the same concepts before, and arguably a bit better presented. As for the villain of this movie, he was very underdeveloped, and seemed like he was merely thrown in for the sake of plot convenience more than anything else, but "Wreck-It-Ralph" is still a good family film to see; in spite of some of it's short comings.
As far as the animation goes, it's very innovative and unique in itself. It was almost breathtaking to say the least to see how well integrated the various game worlds were, and how each world felt interconnected, yet somehow each one offered a unique style of it's own.
If anything, I'd have to agree with most film critics that, in terms of visuals, this is probably one of the more innovative and unique animated films out there. Plus it's especially impressive in 3-D as well, as it's well worth the extra money.
As for the voice cast, I had to say this film arguably features some of the best voice acting that I've ever seen since "Kung Fu Panda 2." Not only are the actors able to make each character have a unique personality, but the chemistry between them is the thing that sells it.
Overall, I honestly wouldn't go on record to say "Wreck-It-Ralph" is one of the best animated films that I've ever seen, but it's definitely one of the more entertaining ones out there that both adults and children alike will enjoy. Definitely worth seeing in 3-d at a rating of three out of four.