Wreck-It-Ralph is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 52nd Disney animated feature film. The film was directed by Rich Moore, who also directed episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama, and the screenplay was written by Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee from a story by Moore, Johnston, and Jim Reardon. John Lasseter served as the executive producer. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch, and tells the story of the eponymous arcade game villain who rebels against his "bad-guy" role and dreams of becoming a hero.
Arcade-game character Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of always being the "bad guy" and losing to his "good guy" opponent, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). Finally, after decades of seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides to take matters into his own hands. He sets off on a game-hopping trip to prove that he has what it takes to be a hero. However, while on his quest, Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade.
Why It Rocks
- It features very cool CGI animation, as expected from Disney.
- Lovable and unforgettable characters.
- The idea of a movie about a villain from a video game wanting to become a hero is rather original, especially for the time the film was released.
- There's a very effective running gag about Ralph being unable to stop breaking stuff.
- Several video game characters cameos such as King Bowser Koopa from the Mario franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Eggman from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, and M. Bison and Zangief both from the Street Fighter series.
- The soundtrack is great, notably the song "When Can I See You Again?" that plays during the end credits.
- The movie references many video game genres like the old arcade cabinet classics, racing video games and sci-fi first-person-shooters.
- It is very original, even for the standards of a homage. It also proves that cliches can be put to good use.
- King Candy's death is incredible.
- It also delivers a strong message about being yourself instead of someone else.
- Solid voice acting from a very talented cast.
- Excellent character development. For instance, Vanellope starts out as a jerk, but later becomes a more interesting and likable character.
- King Candy/Turbo's revelation is very surprising.
- Some toilet humor.
- Vanellope can get kind of annoying at times, most notably when she's first introduced.
- A few characters are incorrectly depicted. For instance, Zangief from the Street Fighter games is depicted as one of the villains from the games, despite the fact he's one of the allies from the video game series. When asked about this, the director stated that he did that because he thought Zangief was a villain as a child.
- The plot is mostly centered on the "main character wants to be something else, then goes on an adventure before accepting themselves for who they are" cliché, even if the film puts it to good use.
- King Candy's cy-bug form can be horrifying for younger viewers.
- Dr. Wily the main antagonist from the Mega Man Classic Series was originally going to be appear in this movie but he was later removed after the first trailer, due to the fact Capcom was poorly treated Mega Man during that time.