Wreck-It Ralph: Disney Imitating Pixar, with Good Results
Directed by Rich Moore, "Wreck-It Ralph" (2012) combines the two fads in entertainment: animation and video games. Walt Disney Animation Studios can put these films out in its sleep, and this is the 52nd entry in its animated feature series, which began way back in 1937 with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." If Disney, especially with the help of head guru John Lassetter, doesn't know how to make a quality animation film by now, it is in deep trouble - but this is a fine film, whether from Disney or anyone else. As a bonus, it is in glorious 3D (though you can see it in 2D as well), which really works in the arcade-game setting.
|Wreck-It Ralph explaining things to Fix-It Felix|
|Calhoun, star shooter of "Hero's Day"|
|Vanellope von Schweetz in Sugar Rush|
|Ralph and Felix celebrate|
|The Villain Support Group|
|Felix trying to resolve things|
|John C. Reilly with his character|
The characters were all likeable, with neuroses and sensitivity completely at odds with their video game personas. There is a Rihanna song thrown in for those who are fans. Sarah Silverman obviously is a little out of place playing a little girl, but she pulls it off nicely. Jack McBrayer all but steals the picture as bashful Felix.
|Wreck-It Ralph looking out over Vanellope's Home, Sugar Rush|
|The Main characters|
|Vanellope von Schweetz|
Certainly, Disney has to be happy with the performance of "Wreck-It Ralph." It was a long, hard decade for Disney, brightened only by the 2006 merger with Pixar and Pixar's own continued success. Many make the argument that "Wreck-It Ralph," in fact, is more of a Pixar film than a Disney movie, and it is difficult to argue with that. The Flashy graphics, lack of "moral lessons to be learned" and the focus on simply entertaining rather than trying to create some kind of classic rendition of a well-known fairy tale all mark "Wreck-It Ralph" as having the Pixar imprint. Be that as it may, "Wreck-It Ralph" bears the Disney imprint and is the 52nd feature film in the Disney Animated Classics series.
|Pac-Man at the Villain's Support Group|
|Marquee at the El Capitan for "Wreck-It Ralph"|
Below is the official trailer for "Wreck-It Ralph."