Director: Rich Moore
Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film
After having scared the absolute bejesus out of myself watching The Woman In Black (James Watkins, 2012) over the weekend (Daniel Radcliffe is truly outstanding on a side note!) I decided to watch Wreck-It Ralph in an attempt to calm myself down. And I’m pleased to say it worked.
This seems to be one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2012 but I didn’t really know what to expect from it. I was never really into computer games when I was younger and we didn’t have the same type of arcade culture over here in England so it didn’t resonate with me. As such many of the little things added for fans kind of passed me by.
The animation is pretty good and combines all of the unique styles of many of the worlds most recognized computer games, including Mario, Street Fighter, Sonic, Pac-man and of course Fix It Felix. The soundtrack is clever, utilizing all the in-game sounds.It takes the same sort of premise as Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995) in that it takes us into the lives of characters once the humans leave, in this case once the arcade shuts down for the night.
Ralph is an endearing character well voiced by John C. Reilly. The relationship he forms with Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) while on his quest to win a medal and become a hero, is one of surprising tenderness. The side story of the blossoming romance between Felix Jr (Jack McBrayer) and the somewhat emotionally damaged Calhoun (excellently voiced by Jane Lynch!) provides the expected romantic element. Alan Tudyk once again excels at playing the deranged villain of the piece – King Candy.
It was an entertaining movie although not a particularly funny one which for some reason is what everyone seems to equate animated films to be. And I did enjoy it despite I suspect many of the elements passing me by. However I still think Brave is much better, and I can’t really see that changing as I watch the other films nominated in this category.