A recent review in People Magazine called "Wreck-It Ralph" a "Toy Story" for the video game set and, boy, that assessment is right on. But, intangible, electronic characters, such as Pac-Man and Q*bert just aren't that sentimental. So, the "throwback" scenes aren't nearly as funny or poignant as Woody's dealings with Mr. Potato Head, Ken or Barbie.
John C. Reilly lends his voice to Ralph, who has been labeled the "bad guy" in his video game for years. He is tired of this title...so, he travels, via power cord, to other arcade games in a quest to win a medal and, therefore, be elevated to "good guy" status. Along the way, he meets Vanellope, voiced by Sarah Silverman, a small girl who needs a lot of support to make her dreams of becoming a race car driver come true.
Reilly's Ralph is bland yet likeable while and Silverman's "Glitch Girl" has her funny moments. But, the only real laughs come courtesy of Jane Lynch, the hysterical gym teacher from"Glee", and "30 Rock's" incomparable page, Jack McBrayer, who bring their TV schtick to the big screen.
Disney Animation Studios' 3D effects are inventive, and certainly kept my boys interest and made them feel as if they were truly inside a video game, such as Mario Kart. My little guy, a true gamer, got a big kick out of seeing Sonic, Bowser and Dr. Eggman in Ralph's support group.
So, enough from Mom.
Here is what a 9 and 7 year old had to say about "Wreck-It Ralph":
Ben: "I LIKED IT! Because it was a video game movie. I liked Ralph because he - like - wrecks the building. I thought it was funny."
Sam: "I liked 'Wreck-It Ralph' because it had some of my favorite video game characters in it. I liked when all the evil guys were having a meeting. You could see how they move in video games...like a robot."
Have you seen "Wreck-It Ralph"?
What did you think?
Are you looking forward to this year's holiday films?