And also @kbaily John Lasseter from Pixar was part of this movie.
So I finally got to go see Wreck-it-Ralph and I had a blast.
Quick side note, beforehand, they show a 2D animated short called Paperman and words can't describe it. Anyone who loves animation and longs for good old hand drawn animation, you will love it. It's like the wonderful surprise that I wasn't expecting. Ok moving on....
Let's face it, movies based on video games, haven't been that good so far. There's been a few less awful ones but nothing amazing or memorable. However movies about video games have fared a little better. Wargames, Tron and now we have Wreck-it-Ralph which has been kinda been promoted as the Toy Story of video games. It is and it isn't. The main draw is seeing various video game characters make cameos. Much like how we all enjoyed seeing Warner Bros. Disney toons and others like Betty Boop in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? But as Toy Story asked the question "what does a toy want more than anything?" Well to be loved by a child and played with. What does a video game character want? To be played and loved by gamers.
Ok so by now you know the story, Ralph is in a game similar to Donkey Kong and basically after 30 years of doing his job, he's tired of being treated, well, like a bad guy. So much like Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ralph leaves his game to go see what else is out there first going to Hero's Duty an FPS and then to a Mario Kart like racing game called Sugar Rush where he meets Vanelope, who like Ralph feels like an outcast because she's a glitch (or is she?). But soon it turns out Ralph's game jumping could lead to serious problems, namely, his own game getting shut down as well as inadvertently unleashing a monster that could destroy the world of Sugar Rush.
It's fun seeing a lot of beloved game characters like Sonic, Q*Bert, PacMan, etc. in this and I have a feeling when the DVD comes out, we'll be pausing the large crowd scenes looking for other characters but the game has great references to gaming like a safe that has an NES controller as the door that has to be opened with the Konami code. And while all these references are fun, they're not distracting. The story is solid and the characters are likeable especially Jane Lynch who I believe game developers should look to in order to get a lesson on how to make a good female game characters that aren't running around half naked. Seriously Sergent Calhoun is what Samus SHOULD'VE been in Metroid: Other M. Instead of that crybaby with daddy issues we got.
Anyway I loved it. Though it is a shame that a movie about video games had only one representative from Nintendo, Bowser, though Mario does get mentioned but I wish Nintendo would've let Mario, Link and Pikachu make a quick cameo. It's surprising to say but I liked this more than Pixar's entry this year Brave. Seriously. It's kind of like Disney found their groove again. Maybe Pixar is rubbing off on them.
Quite late for this, but I saw it and loved it. Best movie I saw in 2012, which wasn't saying much, since the only other movies I saw were The Lorax and The Hunger Games.
I enjoyed the movie, the animated short at the beginning was really great too, put a smile on my face. Animated movies usually don't disappoint me, so was glad this one turned out well. I know some were criticizing Jane Lynch in this show but I think it is just some hate from her Glee days, thought she did great for her part. I do agree about why no Mario appearance, though I'm sure if the movie does well maybe we will see a sequel with him in it.