I was lucky enough to attend an advance 3D screening of Wreck-It Ralph and I'm here to tell you it may be the best animated movie of the year. But before I get into the details of the feature film, I want to say a few words about the "short" that was played before the movie, aptly named, Paperman. A beautiful, quirky, serendipitous love story between two strangers brought together by fate... and paper. One of the best things about these Disney shorts is their ability to convey every character's personality and tell the story with just music, great animation and absolutely no words. When it ends, you may or may not have the sudden urge to give out hugs and let out a big "awwww!"
Going into Wreck-It Ralph you're instantly transported back to your childhood. Back to the days where video arcades were the only form of entertainment and we were all okay with that... Ah, the good ol' days before iPhones and computers. All you needed was a few quarters and you were set for the rest of your afternoon. This movie makes you feel quite nostalgic. The story follows Ralph, a bad guy who is just tired of being the bad guy and wants to be treated like a hero. But on the way to becoming a hero, he learns that being the bad guy isn't really so bad afterall.
With characters like Sonic the Hedgehog and Pacman making cameo appearances and new favorites like Vanellope and Ralph himself, you're bound to have many memorable moments. BONUS: Grammy Award winner and Electronic Dance Music favorite Skrillex makes a nice little appearance and is also featured on the film's soundtrack! John C. Reilly provides the voice for Ralph and other comedy favorites like Sarah Silverman, who voices the annoying yet adorable Vanellope, Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun and Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix-- the laughs just keep coming and coming.
The story and animation were nothing like anything we've ever seen before. The animation is something you need to see to believe because it's so amazing, it's indescribable. This is a cartoon movie for all ages, girl or boy, even parents will enjoy this flick. I will say this, it takes a lot for a Disney film to surprise me. They tend to be a bit predictable at times because they are children's movies, but this movie exceeded my expectations and even caught me off guard at one point. It's a great story about accepting yourself and overcoming your hardships with dedication, hard work and a little help from your friends. My advice is to go check it out opening weekend and give this movie the credit it deserves; it's fun for the whole family! Disney truly never disappoints.
Check out the trailer here! Wreck-It Ralph is in theaters this Friday, November 2nd, 2012!