Wreck-It Ralph has got to be one of my favorite new Disney movies. I was a teenager in the eighties and have many fond memories of spending hours playing the typical eight bit video games. I remember my father’s first computer that basically had X’s and O’s and *’s that you could move around and that was all there was. The first time I played Pong, I was completely amazed and played it for hours. I’m not sure what the kids today would have thought about that type of video game considering what they have now. If you love the video games of today or yesterday, you’ll definitely enjoy Wreck-It Ralph.
Ralph is your typical video game bad guy. He’s big and when he gets mad, he wrecks things. He decides that he doesn’t really want to be bad any longer. He wants to be a hero, win medals, and be liked by everyone. He starts exploring different video game worlds so that he can earn a medal. He’s convinced that is what he needs to be a hero and be well liked. As he travels to new worlds, he meets all sorts of new friends from different video games. One of those friends is a misfit called Vanellope von Schweetz. Just as he begins to think he understands what it is to be a good guy, an evil enemy threatens Vanellope’s world. He realizes that the decisions he makes can affect not only Vanellope’s world but the whole entire video arcade.
I originally watched this movie before I went to the Oz The Great And Powerful Red Carpet Premiere in Los Angeles. My 15 year old son came down part way through the movie and was so impressed with what he saw that he wanted to watch it too. This comes from a boy who will not watch cartoons or kid’s programs any longer now that he’s “too old for kid movies.” When my review copy of the movie arrived here, his first words were “That’s mine, right?”
Wreck-It Ralph is a fun movie. While it’s colorful and action packed enough to keep the attention of a younger child, it has an actual story line that will keep the attention of older kids as well. As a mom, I’m impressed that it has a deeper meaning. You don’t need someone else to tell you you’re a hero. You don’t need a medal or to be part of the popular crowd. You can be a hero any time you want by helping someone else. I’m impressed that Disney managed to combine all of this into one fantastic movie!
You can learn more about what I did on my Wreck-It Ralph Press Day visit too! Make sure you check out how Wreck-It Ralph was made!