2012 may just have been one of the best years for animated features ever. Brave, Hotel Transylvania, The Lorax, The Pirates, Rise of the Guardians, Madagascar 3, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, and Wreck-It Ralph were all phenomenal animated films, but beyond that, they were great movies, period. They all had something to offer for kids and adults alike, fantastic animation that just makes your eyes pop out of your head, and some of the funniest writing in any movie last year. Among the top of the heap was Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph.
Ralph (John C. Reilly) lives in the arcade game Fix It Felix Jr. he wrecks building so that Felix (Jack McBrayer) can rebuild them and be the hero. But Ralph is tired of being the bad guy. He just wants a medal all his own, just like Felix wins every day. He decides to game hop to a new game called Hero’s Duty and win a medal of his own. But after finding the medal, Ralph gets stuck in a game called Sugar Rush and meets a little candy racer named Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). Vanellope used Ralph’s medal to enter the races, so now Ralph must help her win the race and get his medal back.
Wreck-It Ralph is a retro fun treat that is just oozing charm. The tale of a guy just wanting to fit in is pretty much universally relatable and a valuable lesson for the kids watching. Both Reilly and Silverman do fantastic jobs giving their characters life and instantly endearing them to viewers. The animation here is really something to see as well. A sweet concoction of old school arcade game animation and new school CG, the film looks amazing. And talk about playing to all of the audience. There is plenty of candy-coated fun for the little kids and hilarious references to arcade games of the 80s for all of the parents. And all of it is hilarious to boot.
The Blu-ray from Disney is exactly what you expect from a new animated film. Perfect. Seriously, I could not find a flaw here. The sound is all around you, the lines of the animation are crisp and bold and the colors are incredibly rich. This is what Blu-ray was invented for. Do yourself a favor and pick up Wreck-It Ralph today; you (and your kids) will not be disappointed.
Available March 5, 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD.