Movie one of the best animated experiences of the year

Tom Richardson, Staff Writer

Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Street Fighter II, and Q*Bert. These are some of the many virtual classics that gamers around the world have experienced at the arcade. Fix-it Felix Jr. & Wreck-it Ralph, both fictional game characters, got to be apart of this amazing league of game icons in the new Disney film “Wreck-it Ralph,” by director Rich Moore.

“Wreck-it Ralph” takes place at a local arcade, where the characters that appear in these arcades get to roam free from their games for a few hours, when the arcade closes. It is the 30th Anniversary of Ralph’s game “Fix-it Felix Jr.,” and Ralph has still not received any respect from his fellow game characters. Ralph feels he deserves more than what he has gotten, so he decides to go into another game’s world to earn that respect. Ralph attempts to get a gold medal from a game called “Hero’s Duty,” to prove to others that he really is a good guy, just playing a bad guy in his game. When Ralph discovers that his participation in the game has caused a virus to spread to other games; Ralph realizes that if he wants to be a hero, now is his chance, before it is too late to stop this universal glitch.

Anyone who loves video games should check out “Wreck-It Ralph”, it is easily one of the best visual and creative films of the year. The film’s art direction is top notch, as almost everything in the film tributes a popular game, film, or store product. The film’s storyline offers plenty of great twists and unique first & third person perspectives throughout.

“Wreck-it Ralph” does deliver, but there are some occasional flaws to this experience. The first being that the character Fix-it Felix Jr., could have been more interesting, than what he turned out to be on film. Some viewers might also feel that the film spends too much time in the “Sugar Rush” racing game world. This takes away from the film’s opportunity to show what some of these other fictional game universes looked like, which also could have told this film’s story, very effectively.

Overall, “Wreck-it Ralph” is easily one of the best animated films of the year. Anyone who loves video games should save up their quarters; to experience this amazing arcade adventure on the big screen.