Imagine if there was an intricate world inside of the arcade games you loved to play when you were a kid? What if those little 2D characters had a life of their own? Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), the antagonist of Fix-It Felix, Jr, is tired of being shunned by the other characters in his game (whereas the hero, voiced by Jack McBrayer, is celebrated and rewarded). Despite his day job, he’s not a ‘bad guy’, and after growing tired of being ignored, decides to leave his game to prove that he can earn a medal in the hope of being accepted.
Going inside of the world of the arcade game, seeing the gamers looking in from the perspective of the characters, and watching the villains get together for group therapy is a lot of fun, but once the story moves to Sugar Rush things get bogged in ‘nesquicksand’. There is an exciting race sequence featuring gobstoppers as obstacles, and some inventive traps like a diet cola/Mentos swamp that can be singled out as conceptual highlights. But it certainly wasn’t memorable or warrants a revisit, as the very best animated films do.
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