Director Jewels: Disney's Wreck-It Ralph - Now in Theatres! {Review}

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Disney's Wreck-It Ralph - Now in Theatres! {Review}


 Every now and then, a movie comes along and you just know you are going to enjoy it. 

This was the case for us (hubby especially) when we heard about Disney's new film, Wreck-It Ralph, now playing in theatres.  We were able to catch an early screening of the film (which doubbled as a last date pre-baby) - and it was so much fun! 

Here's a little bit about the story, and what we thought.

Ralph feels dissatisfied with his job. All day long he wrecks an apartment building while his coworker, Felix, fixes it back up. When Felix fixes the whole building, the joyous tenants throw Ralph off the top of the building into the mud below. Then someone enters another quarter and it all starts again. The job wouldn’t be so bad, except the other characters treat Ralph like a bad guy off hours as well. Ralph goes to a villain support group with other villains including Bowser (Super Mario Bros), Dr. Robotnik (Sonic the Hedgehog), Zangief and M. Bison (Street Fighter II), and a ghost from Pac-Man. (hubby insisted that we include all of these names.  I recognized a couple of the bad guys.  He apparently knew them all.)

Despite his attendance at the support group and his attempts to spend time with his Fix-It Felix coworkers, Ralph still isn’t satisfied. He jumps games to Hero’s Duty (think Call of Duty) to win a hero’s medal - but ends up in Sugar Rush, a racing video game where he meets Vanellope von Schweetz, a little girl glitch who wants to be a real racer. Meanwhile, Felix goes in search of Ralph so that their game won’t go “out of order,” and makes an unlikely ally with Sergeant Tamora Calhoun from Hero’s Duty. Together, they have to find Ralph to save Fix-It Felix - but Ralph is in no hurry to be found as has to help Vanellope so she can become a real game character. This is an action-packed, fun-filled movie.

There are a lot of great points about the movie. The animation is wonderful and the characters are about as varied as the games they represent.  Also, if you are familiar with the voice actors, some of them look an awful lot like their characters. There are a lot of really creative locations in the story. The primary game worlds represented are Fix-It Felix, which seems like a combination of the original Donkey Kong games and the Rampage series. Hero’s Duty is filled with giants insects and soldiers with guns - while Sugar Rush is like a Candyland version of Mariokart. I thought the most fascinating location was Game Central Station (get it? Like Grand Central Station). It is located in the power strip all of the games are plugged into. If you watch closely you’ll see several cameos of other video game characters.

Things parents might like to know ahead of time – there is a good bit of potty humor, mostly gas jokes and name-calling. I think my biggest concern about taking children to Wreck-It Ralph is the Hero’s Duty game. It is very intense with a lot of killing of giant bugs - and they are especially huge on a movie-theatre size screen with 3D. There is also a scene at the very end where a character dies, which I thought was a bit graphic for a PG movie. It certainly isn’t R-rated violent, but it could disturb some younger viewers.

Overall, we really enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph. Hubby says that the gamers might not get as many cameos as they wish, but will still find it really enjoyable.  Wreck-It Ralph is rated PG and is now playing in theatres!

Have you seen it yet?  What did you think? 

For more fun, hop over and grab these fun activity sheets - you can download and print them for your kids to enjoy!

Wreck-It Ralph Coloring Page
Ralph Color By Number
Vanellope Color By Number


 To keep up with all the latest news, make sure you "like" Wreck-It Ralph on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and visit the official movie site.

Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures for providing my tickets to the screening of Cars 2.  I received no other compensation and all views expressed are entirely my own.

Thanks, My Kansas City Mommy! http://www.mykansascitymommy.com/2011/06/cars-2-review-espionage-adventure.html#ixzz2DOPvA8lU
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 Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures for providing my tickets to the screening of Wreck-It Ralph.  I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own.  For more info, you can read my Disclosure Policy.
Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures for providing my tickets to the screening of Cars 2.  I received no other compensation and all views expressed are entirely my own.

Thanks, My Kansas City Mommy! http://www.mykansascitymommy.com/2011/06/cars-2-review-espionage-adventure.html#ixzz2DOPvA8lU
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