As far as I’m concerned, “Wreck-It Ralph” breaks the mold of your run-of-the-mill animated features, delivering on all accounts, not only with impressive, well-known talent voice acting, but with a heartfelt, yet always comical story involving characters both that we know from our childhood like Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog, along with new characters that still resemble familiar characters.
Also, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a Disney vs. Disney year, with “Brave” being one of the strongest competitors for Best Animated Feature Film and if it were up to me, “Wreck-It Ralph” would be right there behind it. However, with no love for “Brave” this year in the critics circles, and “Frankenweenie” and “ParaNorman” raking in all the awards, it’s hard to say a film like “Wreck-It Ralph has a chance. However, if it wins, I’ll be both pleasantly shocked and completely happy for it. Rich Moore, the director, has had no previous Academy Award nomination.
Clever in all the right ways, “Wreck-It Ralph” is Disney’s answer to the end of the “Toy Story” franchise. With new and exciting characters in a mix with familiar video game faces that all will recognize, like Sonic the Hedgehog and Pacman, there is a quirky charm to “Wreck-It Ralph” that entertains for its entire run-time. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman both prove that their voice acting might just top their live-action acting, with strong vocal performances from both. Enjoyable for all age groups, this quaint animated feature reaches a level I didn’t expect it to reach.
// Produced by Clark Spencer // Directed by Rich Moore //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 19th, 2013 // REGENCY VALLEY PLAZA // 26 films – 37 days //