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  • PG
  • Animation, Disney
  • 2012
  • 108 mins

Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph

Synopsis

Grumpy arcade game villain Wreck It Ralph (voiced by John C Reilly) is fed up with being a villain, so sets out to break his programming and explore other virtual worlds

About

Ralph's job is to wreck things, and wreck things he does. Day in, day out, in arcade game Fix-It Felix Jr. One night, Ralph comes back home from a support group for video game villains troubled by their own nefariousness to find the rest of the Fix-It Felix gang celebrating the game's 30th anniversary without him. Crestfallen, he decides to strike out for pastures new, in doing so unwittingly unleashing a force that threatens the existence of not only his own game, but all the others in the arcade.

The retro gaming world in which Wreck-it Ralph unfolds has obviously been created with love by people who remember it well. It could easily and unfairly be confused with various shameless 21st century attempts to hitch a ride on cultural nostalgia favouring old over new for no particular reason beyond nostalgia itself. But the care and attention to detail with which Wreck-it Ralph has been put together goes beyond what would be necessary were this merely a cynical attempt to rake in the cash of ageing arcade game enthusiasts.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: John C Reilly

In a nutshell

Hyperactive day-glo fizzy-pop family animation with a heartfelt message about staying true to yourself lurking underneath all the visual fireworks.

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