Jack McBrayer

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph is a nice trip down memory lane. During a packed screening for the film I could hear whispers and gasps, and I saw audience members pointing to the screen in awe and excitement of seeing their favorite video game characters. They were swept up, maybe even more so than the children in the audience. That doesn’t mean it won’t win over kids, however, because the movie is more than an empty piece of nostalgia. Case in point: the big gamble that starts the film. The opening animated short, “The Paperman,” is a beautiful black-and-white silent love story. Right after it ends, the daunting question becomes, “How is Wreck-It Ralph going to top that?” Director Rich Moore (Futurama) instantly responds, giving the audience an equally charming experience. Ralph (John C. Reilly) is your typical working stiff. For almost 30 years, he has served his sole purpose of smashing. Ralph is a wonderful video game villain, but his work has always been overshadowed by the game’s hero, Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer). With the arcade game’s 30th anniversary coming up, Ralph has hit an existential crisis. He is tired of playing the bad guy. After facing the rejection from the game’s anniversary party, Ralph sets out to become the hero. Since his own game won’t allow him to do that, he decides to jump to a different game.

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Wreck-It Ralph 2012

As it turns out, the ghosts from Pac-Man and Zangief from Street Fighter are part of an Anonymous support group and help each other through the hard times of being the villain. It’s a thankless job, one that often sees you spinning inward into a single pixel or exploding with only coins left to mark your memory. It’s that kind of world building that can be expected from Disney‘s Wreck-It Ralph. The first trailer of the animated flick that stars the vocal talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch proves that the imaginations at work here filled up the studio. It seems like more than a standard story of a man trying to find his way in the world, although that’s definitely the framework; Ralph escapes his game and tries out all sorts of others. Beyond that, there’s a sense of wacky playfulness going on. It’s a universe of video game characters, and director Rich Moore and company seem to have had a hell of a fun time with it. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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