Wreck It Ralph has been credited as the new Toy Story by many critics, with it being hailed as one of the best animations of recent times. With multiple references to classic games and a great voice cast, Wreck It Ralph has been much anticipated by children and adult alike.
From Rich Moore, who previously directed for The Simpsons and Futurama, Wreck It Ralph is his first feature film. Based on the classic game Fix It Felix Jr, Wreck It Ralph follows the story of Ralph (John C. Reilly), the bad guy who just wants to be accepted. After decades of being overshadowed by Felix, Ralph decides that he no longer wants to be the bad guy and game-hops to try and win a medal. Accidentally wrecking everything, Ralph unleashes a deadly virus, threatening all the games. His only hope is Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). Working together, they might be able to help each other achieve their dreams.
There’s no doubt that Wreck It Ralph in an impressive animation. Mixing together all sorts of game animation designs from 8-bit to state of the art CGi, Wreck It Ralph looks brilliant – 8-bit Skrillex is pretty cool! Bringing together assorted gaming cameos, this film is truly for all the gamers out there. From Q*bert to Dr Eggman, Wreck It Ralph covers the past 30 years of gaming, see which other characters you can spot.
Sadly, it seems that the animation is Wreck It Ralph’s only redeeming feature. The only character that seems to be developed is Jane Lynch’s Calhoun, while the others, including Ralph and Vanellope, seem to be underdeveloped. With so much to work with, these characters could be anything but instead they’re like the 2D video game originals they’re based on, flat and un-lifelike.
Vanellope is one of those character you’ll either love or hate. In my case, hate. Sarah Silverman’s voice gets increasingly annoying as the film goes on, becoming as sickly sweet as her character is supposed to be.
Overall, Wreck It Ralph doesn’t live up to hype. So much could have been done with this film but instead it seems like all the time was spent on the animation rather than anything else. But with a sequel already in the works, it looks like Wreck It Ralph will be here for a while.
To read a review of Paperman, the short shown before Wreck It Ralph, click here.