Last Friday, Nov. 2, Disney and Disney Animations released its newest animated adventure film called “Wreck-It Ralph.” Centered on a world of arcade game characters that come to life, “Wreck-It Ralph” is really a film for all ages, especially if you are like me and you are a lover of retro arcade games.
Featuring the voices of some of the premier comedic actors in Hollywood, “Wreck-It Ralph” has continued to cement Disney’s standing as one of the leaders in animated movies. John C. Reilly provides the voice for the film’s title character “Wreck-It Ralph,” who is the bad guy in the arcade game “Fix It Felix Jr.”
Other characters in the film are also voiced by some of my favorite actors. Sarah Silverman is the voice for another character Vanellope, and Jack McBrayer from “30 Rock” plays Felix Fix It.
Other famous actors who provide voices for the film include Jane Lynch, Adam Carolla, Ed O’Neill and so many more.
The entire cast in this film is nearly perfect in their roles and give this film a comedic air that makes this film so much fun to watch.
“Wreck-It Ralph” is full of comedy as well as some great action scenes and has light-hearted humor that provides laughs for the whole family.
In the film, Ralph is saddened by the fact that he is always the bad guy and wants to live the good life with the other characters of the Fix it Felix game.
So he sets out on a quest to get a medal in the game Hero’s Duty, where he meets Jane Lynch’s character Calhoun.
His quest takes him around the world of the arcade games and leads him to the game Sugar Rush where he encounters Sarah Silverman’s character Vanellope Von Schweetz, a glitched outcast avatar who relates with Ralph as they were castout by their games.
My favorite scenes from the movie are those that highlight some of my favorite characters from arcade games from the past.
Some notable characters you might recognize are Bowser, from the Super Mario games; Pac-Man; the Street Fighter characters; and one of my favorites, Sonic the Hedgehog.
The movie had great heart and great comedic timing and if you are worried about this being a movie just for kids, you are dead wrong.
The comedy is not like what we are used to from Reilly, and it is geared toward a younger audience. However, the jokes are still very funny and the pop culture references are often geared toward a more adult audience, which I really appreciate.
I had a blast watching this movie, and I think it is one of the best Disney animated movies yet.
The public obviously agrees as well.
Not only because of the great comedy but also because it is a fantastic overall film, I give “Wreck-It Ralph” a 4.5 out of five stars.
David Yearwood is a staff writer for the Slate. He reviews movies weekly on his blog “Movie Mayhem” which can be accessed on the Slate’s website.