Disney’s newest animated film “Wreck-it Ralph” hit theaters the first weekend in November.
This movie, directed by Rich Moore, earned $49.1 million at the box office, breaking Disney Animation Studio’s previous record of $48.8 million, which had previously been held by their hit, “Tangled.”
The family-friendly film gives audiences a look into the world of video games and the lives of the figures themselves, not only how they act in their respective games but also when the arcade is closed.
Filmmakers also mixed the old with the new, giving viewers a taste of retro-style video games but also transforming the characters and surroundings into the clear 3D cartoons that Disney has become famous for.
There were similarities between some of today’s popular games, and those in the movie. For instance, the game, “Hero’s Duty,” seemed much like “Call of Duty.” The technical differences between this game and “Pac-man” were extremely evident. Side by side, the characters were more high definition. Viewers also go inside the game, which is also of greater detail and clearer than the older ones displayed throughout the film.
Although the movie is centered around video games and their characters, it can be enjoyed by those who don’t like, or don’t understand, them. What becomes most important is the world inside the game.
The story follows Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, a villain in the Fix-it Felix Jr. video game, who is tired of being the bad guy. He’s not alone in that respect. The plot makes the villains out to be good guys who don’t like being stuck as evildoers but have resigned themselves to the fact. Disgruntled with his living situation, Ralph goes on a quest to be recognized as a hero, as well as be accepted by the other characters in his game.
Other voices of the film include Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch.
Although the movie started out unique and fast paced, it strayed back into the familiar Disney territory with a predictable ending, and the similar, positive message. That being said, they did a great job of taking what is supposed to seem like a regular item, or fictional character, and bringing it to life, not just with words but feeling as well.
Also included before the main attraction was a Pixar animated short film, “Paperman.” Shown in black and white, the animation follows two strangers who meet at a train station and, seemingly by fate, are destined to meet again. It is a quick, romantic-comedy that all ages can enjoy.
This film is a reminder to all audiences of their childhood, and that age doesn’t matter when watching Disney’s animation.