Wreck-It Ralph has quickly become the only thing that plays on our T.V. It’s actually really great that there is one movie out there in the world that both my teen and my tot can agree on! I asked my teen if he would watch his little brother for a minute and of course it came with this exasperated sigh. Then I heard:
“Fine, what do you want to do?”
“Oh… oh, okay I can do that. Let’s go put it in!”
If that isn’t in and of itself a perfect review for this movie, I don’t know what is.
Wreck-It Ralph was nominated for an Academy Award this year in Best Animated Film. Disney made some phenomenal movies this year, but this one spoke to the child in all of us. It brought back memories of the early days of arcade style gaming and how it felt to pop quarters in the machines and sadly what was lost when we moved on away from that genre.
Wreck-It Ralph is about an arcade game starring (you guessed it!) Wreck-It Ralph and Fix-It Felix Jr. In the game Ralph is the bad guy and goes about wrecking the building and it is the players job to fix the building as Fix-It Felix Jr. with his magical golden hammer. After 30 years Ralph is tired of being the bad guy and living in the dump when he sees everyone else in the game, especially Felix, living in the grand building, eating cake and having parties. Feeling left out, Ralph decides to find a way to win over the hearts of the other characters.
He happens to find himself in another game where he meets Vanellope von Schweetz, a glitch, and realizes he isn’t the only one who feels left out and alone. Ralph learns through his mistakes how important he really is, even as a bad guy, and what friendship really means.
Both of my sons like different aspects of this movie. My teen grew up on video games and being around video game creators, so watching a movie that exists in the gaming world and highlights old school games creates a bit of awe for him. He loves pointing out the different characters he finds and watching the information segments when you go to pause it. I’ll get back to that in a moment.
My tot is fascinated with the racing aspect of the movie. He thinks Ralph is really funny when he messes up all the time or when he falls off the building, but when Vanellope von Schweetz starts driving her little cookie/candy race car his face lights up and he is glued to the television. At one point during the movie Ralph is screaming, Vanellope is driving and they are being chased. He jumps up at the point where everything collides and screams, “YEAH!” I have never in my life seen him so engulfed in a movie before.
Here are few quotes from the voice actors themselves on their characters: how they saw them, how they got into their roles and what they thought of the movie.
How much input did you have into Ralph?
“I got to pour my heart into the guy. He became me and I became him. In fact, so many of my gestures and facial expressions ended up being stolen by the animators and put into the character! No, they weren’t stolen – but you know what I mean.” – John C. Reilly
What pleased you most about the story of the movie?
“I liked that the heart of my character ended up staying intact. I’m also really proud of the fact that the scenes in the movie that have the most stillness and heart are scenes that I’m in.” – John C. Reilly
In what way do you feel connected to Vanellope?
“Vanellope is this obnoxious, precocious, scrappy, tough kid. Like most tough kids, she’s a scared little girl underneath. She’s protecting something with that toughness. I think everybody can relate to that, especially when you’re young.” – Sarah Silverman
Why did you sign up for Wreck-It Ralph?
I wanted to do this movie because I’m a huge fan of Disney. Seeing the script and learning about the character, I couldn’t believe what a gift I had been given. I know this girl, Vanellope von Schweetz, and I had a total handle on her – but I also fell in love with her. As soon as I saw the storyboards and the animatics, I felt this love and protection for her in my heart.
How much input did you have into your character?
“Rich Moore is the nicest man in the world and he encouraged us to improvise all the time. He would say, “If this line doesn’t feel right in your mouth, pick another way to say it.” They were really open for it to be our own voice – but the writing, especially as the script progressed, became more and more our voices. The characters also started to look more and more like us because they videotaped us while we recorded our lines. They are geniuses over there at Disney. They really allowed themselves to be moved by and shaped by whatever they saw on the videotapes of our sessions. It was pretty amazing.” – Jane Lynch
Did anything else surprise you about the movie?
“I knew the movie would be visually gorgeous, but the story really moved me. I think the message is so good and so powerful. However, I did not expect to be shedding tears at the end of the movie, but I was. I was really touched. I loved the relationship between Ralph and Vanellope, and how my character finally opens her heart.” – Jane Lynch
I love that there are multiple stories in Wreck-It Ralph that all play together. One of the most fascinating Extras on the Blu-ray disc is when you pause the movie! At any time you press pause it takes you to the Intermission Countdown. Once the Countdown is over it goes into The Gamer’s Guide where Chris Hardwick talks to you in video segments about the video game references in the movie. Since there are many old school arcade games hidden inside of Wreck-It Ralph, I thought it was amazing that they came up with a unique way to watch the film. Although, my teen and I were joking about how much we just wanted to pause the movie throughout watching it!
The other Special Features you will find in the Ultimate Collectors Edition, aside from the 4-Disc set that includes 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital is:
Disc 1 / Blu-ray Feature Film
- The Academy Award Winning Short Animated Film – Paperman
- Bit by Bit: Creating the World’s of Wreck-It Ralph
- Disney Intermission: The Gamer’s Guide to Wreck-It Ralph
- Deleted & Alternate Scenes
- Video Game Commericals
Disc 2 / DVD Feature Film & Disc 4 / Blu-ray 3D
- The Academy Award Winning Short Animated Film – Paperman
The Digital Copy doesn’t have the Special Features, but it allows you to watch it on any computer and/or portable device!
Don’t miss out on one of the most amazing films from last year! A movie that both parents, teens, toddlers and even teeny ones will love! This is the ultimate Family Movie.
I received a copy of the film for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.