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:: Wreck It Ralph

Wreck It Ralph is the latest film to come out of Disney Studios and while not a true Disney/Pixar collaboration, John Lassetter does lend an executive producing hand, which merely adds to the film’s quality. In a world where technology has passed older arcade games by at the speed of light, it’s nice to see a film where they give a distinct nod to the earlier arcade games of the past in Wreck it Ralph, especially for us older kids at heart who grew up with Atari 2600s, Donkey Kong and more where we thought we were seeing cutting edge technology 20-30 years ago.

In this lovable film, Ralph (voiced by Reilly) is fed up of playing the ‘villain’ even though he’s actually a nice guy and after 30 years of wrecking buildings he decides to see what’s outside his game when the arcade closes of a night time, determined to fulfill his dream and be the hero for a change. Easier said than done when nobody really likes a bad guy. Thankfully there’s a support group for bad guys chaired by one of the ghosts from Pac-Man, which is a great scene as Ralph begins to game hop, only his antics end up causing more harm than good.

Ralph's only hope comes in the form of an unlikely saviour, Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Silverman), a young troublemaking girl from a sugar-coated cart racing game who might just be the one able to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realise he is good enough to become a hero before it's “Game Over” for him and the other games?

Wreck It Ralph is a great take on an original, interesting premise and the film very much lives up to it and more. We get a nostalgic look back on past arcade and in-home entertainment heroes who delivered so much joy at various junctures throughout, which is a nice touch. The animation is first class and some of the views are outstanding as we really do get a very real look at arcade games from the other side of the screen. But above and beyond all that, Wreck It Ralph is a story with real heart and emotion as a bad guy attempts to turn good.

There’s some beautiful performances and of course the great humour which is sprinkled throughout - both for the kids and the bigger kids. Visually stunning and a fun, different take on video games, Wreck It Ralph is lush, and set in some great imaginative worlds through to having some great dynamic action sequences, where characters of certain eras still move the way they did and should (which I thought was a great touch). No modernising the classics here. This film is technical perfection, and the latest evidence that Disney is returning to its former glory and then some. Great animation and technical wizardry is nothing without heart, and Wreck-It Ralph never loses site of its main purpose: to entertain and teach us something about ourselves. Highly recommend for the little kids and the not so little kids who feel like a fun trip down memory lane yet still yearn for those high score days.