Monday 4 February 2013

Wreck it Ralph – A Blast Of Creativity

A 3D computer animated film from former American director of The Simpsons and Futurama, Rich Moore, for in-house Walt Disney Animation Studios (who recently released the fabulous Bolt and Tangled) couldn’t be a disappointment.

After a hard day at the office (or inside a video console for this matter), the lights go off in the building (or in the games arcade) and the workers go home (as the characters of the video game Fix-It Felix, who stop acting for the gamers and go home after a long day at work). They all pass through Central Station, a central hub where all the games consoles connect, traveling through the physical cables of the consoles where the games’ characters get their last train to go home. Felix (Jack McBrayer, Kenneth from 30 Rock), the hero of this game, goes to his penthouse, and Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), the game’s villain goes to the dumps where he sleeps. But Ralph is tired of living in the dumps. He is tired of being the villain and wants to be ‘the good guy’ like Felix. So he embarks on an adventure to win a medal (only with a medal will he be accepted by his Fix-It Felix colleagues as ‘the good guy’), breaking the rules of gaming and entering other games which are not his. A bunch of characters from other consoles also end up in Sugar Rush, a karting game in a landscape of sweets where chocolate lakes abound, looking for Ralph and the Cy-Bug,  who infiltrated the game, to prevent it from damaging the system. Jane Lynch (Glee) voices Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun, a tough sergeant looking for the Cy-Bug, who ends up falling in love with Felix. And Sarah Silverman plays Venellope, a glitch in Sugar Rush who Ralph tries to help win her much desired race.

I confess that I still like cartoons and children's movies - it's one of my I'm-still-a-child-kind-of-moments that makes me feel I'm still a kid, with no problems, no bills, no job to go to... I'm just a child for that hour and a half, and I can roll into a ball as if I was on my mum's lap and nothing would hurt me, and watch those colourful characters (not the factual pale ugly colours of real life pictures with skin and bone) bump their nose against a wall and laugh at it. But this is not just a children's movie. You don’t have to like video games or animation to like this film. If you value originality and creativity this is the film for you. It has been thought of to its most minimal detail with such an inventive ability and meticulous creative attention that it’s a blast of imaginativeness. From the counselling support group for all the villains in the games, who go to therapy to talk about their problems, to the Coke hot springs with Mentos, which make it bubble, to the setting and characters of Sugar Rush, such as the chocolate éclair dogs (their dribble being the white cream of the eclairs) and Venellope’s car wheels which are made of cookies or the trees like candy sticks or a homeless game character in Central Station with a sign saying ‘unplugged’. For all of this and more, it’s worth to go see it.

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