When I saw WRECK-IT RALPH in the theater with my kids, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I assumed it would be a fun but run of the mill TOY STORY rip-off. It is anything but. It is a beautiful film both visually and emotionally. As a matter of fact, I’ll happily admit that I got a little teary-eyed a few times during it.
Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the main antagonist in the video game FIX-IT FELIX. His main occupation is to try to destroy an apartment complex before Jack McBrayer’s Fix-It Felix Jr. can repair it. But when the arcade is closed for the day, Ralph is sent out to the garbage heap while the denizens of the apartment complex live it up in the penthouse. Ralph is not welcomed to hang out with them because as far as they are concerned, he wrecks everything.
Even though he attends support meetings to come to terms with his station in life, Ralph is not just tired of being the outcast; he’s tired of being the bad guy. Believing that he can change this by winning a medal, he clandestinely ventures out into another game to claim a prize. This sets off a series of misadventures that threatens the lives of the video game world, especially those of the syrupy sweet racing game Sugar Rush. It is here he meets Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). Like Ralph, she is an outcast because she is a “glitch.” Banished from the game, she appears to have no hope of reversing her fortunes until Ralph shows up. At first an annoyance to Ralph, over the course of their adventures together, they realize that maybe they are two sides of the same coin they’re desperately fighting over.
It’s heartbreaking at times, how tragic their lives are and how they are willing to do anything to share in what comes so easily to everyone else in their world, but that’s what makes their attempts at redemption that much sweeter.
The film is extremely inventive and clever and sports truly some of the best art direction in modern animation. The world of Sugar Rush is a revelation so much so; that I don’t see how a proposed adaptation of the board game Candyland could ever match or top it.
I cannot recommend this movie enough for kids AND adults. I would go as far as to say that WRECK-IT RALPH is one of my favorite animated films of all time and a true MUSTS SEE MOVIE.