There are very few times that I go to the movies with my son and leave as entertained as he was. That was my experience with Wreck-It Ralph. Cameos by your favorite video game characters populate the film. From Ryu and Ken's trip to Tapper's for a root beer at the beginning of the film, to an out of work and homeless Q-bert, nostalgia is present in abundance.
Ralph (John C. Reilly) has become tired of playing second fiddle to his counterpart Fix It Felix (Jack Mc Brayer). When the game day starts Ralph is expected to spout off his line "I'm gonna wreck it!" and proceed to scale the building leaving destruction in his path. Felix , armed with his magic hammer, is expected to follow Ralph repairing his damage. At the end of each level, Felix is awarded a medal and Ralph is tossed off the building. Because if his discontentment Ralph decides to game jump in order to obtain a medal of his own.
In the game world, game jumping is known as going "Turbo." The term was coined for a character from the racing game Turbo Time. Turbo Time was unplugged and the racer Turbo game jumped in order to take over another game. Ralph leaves his game and travels to another game in search of a medal.
The message of the film is a bit convoluted, but in essence it has to do with labels. For instance, a line repeated in the film is "Just because I am a bad guy does not mean I am a bad guy. I'm bad and that's good." At BADNON, Zangief, Clyde from Pac-man, M. Bison, Bowser, and a random zombie among others affirm this for Ralph.
Ultimately, the film is filled with nerdy goodness. Overall it is a 4 out of 5, especially for a children's film. It is definitely the best 3D animated film done by Disney that is not associated with Pixar. Need I remind you of Dinosaur...enough said.
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