Certificate PG, 108 minutes
Director: Rich Moore
Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
Wreck-It Ralph is an animated film that is available in both 2D and 3D; the 3D version was the one seen. The titular Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being the villain in his - originally fictional, although games were made to promote the film - game, Fix-It Felix, Jr, where Wreck-It Ralph destroys the building while Fix-It Felix, Jr (Jack McBrayer) fixes it back up with his magic hammer. The Fix-It Felix, Jr game has been in the arcade for 30 years but none of the other characters in the game like Ralph, even though he's only doing his job. At a meeting of Bad-Anon Ralph announces that he doesn't want to be the bad guy any longer.
Characters in the various games in the arcade can move between them using the power cables. Ralph enters a new game called Hero's Duty, a first person shooter, in order to win a medal like Felix does in his own game. In Hero's Duty he meets Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch). Ralph is followed by Felix because with Ralph gone, the Fix-It Felix, Jr game appears broken, and if he doesn't come back the game will be removed from the arcade, so Felix is trying to find Ralph and get him to return.
The minor characters in Ralph's own game when seen in the film in their full 3 dimensional glory, rather than in the 8 bit style of the old arcade game, still move with the jerkiness that was common in older games, going from one position to another with less intermediate steps than are needed to render animation smoothly. 3D tends to work best on pure animation as opposed to live action and that is the case here; the 3D works well enough. Even though Wreck-It Ralph and his game were created for the film, there are several characters in the film who are from real games, especially in the Bad-Anon meeting. There was a short, mostly black and white, animated film shown before the main film called The Paperman that was also in 3D. The end film credits are done in the style of many different video games.
Wreck-It Ralph is a really enjoyable film. There are occasional nuggets in it - such as the appearance of historical gaming bad guys like M. Bison in the Bad Anon meeting and Ralph breathing like Darth Vader at one point - that are aimed at older audiences. The graphics are great - and the nod to 8 bit gaming in the animation of the characters as mentioned earlier is nice - the characters are interesting and, although it's a fairly traditional story, it's well done. Like many of the better animated films, Wreck-It Ralph should appeal to adults and children alike.