Influenced heavily by Toy Story and Monsters, Inc., which are good sources to emulate, the new Disney 3-D animation Wreck-It Ralph is a story about computer game characters and their mundane lives inside and outside their games. I was expected to be bored out of my brains,to be honest, instead I was thoroughly entertained. Thanks, director Rich Moore (The Simpsons, Futurama) – you have done it again!
Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is depressed about being the bad guy who smashes buildings all day long for no apparent reason at all but to be repaired by the goody-goody Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer) who gets a hot pie at the end of the day from the grateful Nicelanders. The Hulk-like Ralph is ignored at best; he doesn’t even get invited to a 30-year anniversary party of the game, not to mention the fact his home is a dump.
He tries to find understanding at a support group where a zombie growls he wants more from life (genius scene), but when that desperate attempt fails, he has to flee the monotony of his existence to a cool shoot-em-up game called Hero's Duty where he meets Sgt. Calhoun (wee-your-pants-hilarious Jane Lynch) and a couple of adventures (and references to Alien) later he ends up in colourful candy land game Sugar Rush. There King Candy (Alan Tudyk) rules over his subjects, including the glitching pariah Vanellope von Schweetz (very funny Sarah Silverman) who soon becomes close to fellow outcast Wreck-It Ralph, helping him find meaning in life, and so on and so forth.
The screenplay by Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee then covers the familiar territory of Disney classics with chases, hurdles, dangers, and the inevitable happy end (time for a nap, parents). At the same time there is plenty here for the parents to enjoy in the first half of the animation (which the kids will definitely miss).