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This is the first in a series I will be doing, as I watch Disney movies (some for the first time, some for the fiftieth) and write a review at the end.
The movie starts and I am immediately smiling because the Walt Disney Animation Studios logo is in 64-bit.
Disney starts as usual by explaining the main character, Ralph, who is the bad guy in the old arcade game "Fix-It Felix Jr." Apparently this game likes hyphens. Ralph, voiced perfectly by John C. Reilly, explains in melancholy that he is never appreciated for his work. From there he goes on to try to achieve more than a "villain" has ever achieved, and meets new friends and new foes along the way.
My favourite part of this movie not relating to the plot is the arcade. The whole place, including many familiar characters, is shown, an each character is animated as if its a video game from the time period it came out. It is revealed that characters can leave their game by travelling through electric wires, and the main "game central station" is a power strip. That is brilliant.
My favorite part of the movie pertaining to the animation is how each video game character moves. The animators had to abandon all of their previous lessons to make the characters move so they looked like they were from video games from certain time periods. For example, each of the characters in Fix-It Felix, Jr. movies only on a square grid. I love to look at tidbits like this.
The plot is completely fantastic and heartwarming as always. The part that resonates the most with me is when Ralph goes to Bad-Anon. Those scenes make me laugh every time; I like seeing all of the familiar villains there and thinking about how we immediately assume they are bad people. Disney often does a great job of challenging how we think about ordinary things.
Overall, Wreck-It Ralph is one of the movie I am able to watch over and over again. It's funny, nostalgic, and charming, and teaches wonderful lessons about identity, fighting for what you want, and the importance of friends and family.
Kat Shambaugh: photographer, graphic designer, wannabe Disney princess. Computational Media major at the Georgia Institute of Technology.