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Film Review: Disney Has A New Hero In “Wreck-It Ralph”

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Walt Disney Animation released today its latest film, “Wreck-It Ralph.” The film stars John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer in a story that is filled with a roller coaster ride of emotions and fun.

The film is a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day—but can he do it in time?

The one thing I was thinking and feeling watching the film was Lilo and Stitch and how much of a sleeper hit with people it was. This film will have the same legs as that film did. It brings together people of the 1970’s and 80’s who grew up with this generation who now have kids and are use to the games of today to share. The story is just the glue to hold the interest of young and old. Phil Johnston who wrote the film did an amazing job bringing this world to life.

John C. Reilly’s voice work in the film is amazing and gives so much life into this character and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz is the role she was made to play. Jack McBrayer being cast as Fix-It Felix was such a great placement in the role because of the way he brings heart to the character.

I we went to see the film in a screening for film reviewers and Disney Studios were the majority of viewers are silent and show no emotion of the film they are seeing this one was completely different. For the first time every reviewer was enjoy the action and laughing hard for this great film. It engages a generation that grew up with 8-bit coin-op video games before home systems like Atari, Colecovision and Nintendo became household favorites their were arcades. Yes, we had to walk to liquor stores or neighborhood arcades to play video games.

The Litwalk arcade reminded me so much of the many places that I went to as a child such as Golfland in El Monte, CA but the outside of the Golf n’ Stuff off of the 605 Frwy in Norwalk, CA. Everyone who takes the time to go see this film will not be disappointed. The story has so much heart and the keep an eye out for many things in the film, from little 80’s video game tricks to hidden Mickey’s. Yes, there are hidden Mickey’s in the film and director Rich Moore said there are about 20 in the film.

Wreck-It Ralph is out today in a theater near you in 3D and if you don’t like watching films in 3D they have it in regular standard format as well.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.

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