By Guest Blogger Mikaela Walker
Last week, I attended a preview of Disney’s new movie Wreck-It-Ralph with my 3-year old daughter and my husband. Normally my husband avoids Disney movies, because they involve princesses and characters bursting into song. He, however, was interested to see Wreck-It Ralph because it had a male protagonist and no princesses or singing in sight. I, on the other hand, absolutely adore my Disney princesses, singing and all, and so does my daughter. I wasn’t certain how either of us would feel about the movie. Well, I needn’t have worried. My daughter was enthralled from beginning to end and so were we. (Read More after the jump).
The movie Wreck-It-Ralph takes place in the world of video games. The premise being that the characters that we see in video games are “real” people and working in the video game is their job. When the arcade closes down for the night, they all leave their jobs and go home. Wreck-It-Ralph is the bad guy in the game Fix-It-Felix Jr. His job is to wreck the building where all the Nicelanders live and Fix-It-Felix Jr. well fixes it. Ralph doesn’t want to be a bad guy anymore. Like Felix, he wants to be loved, and he wants to receive a gold medal proclaiming him a hero. Ralph sets off on a quest, jumping through other video game worlds, to try to get a gold medal thinking that will gain him acceptance and make him a hero. With the help of a new friend, Vanellope, Ralph realizes that what is inside him makes him a true hero and that a gold medal isn’t necessary.
I recommend that the whole family go and see this movie, dads and all. Disney did a very good job making the video game characters seem authentic. There are many references made to video games of the past, including cameo appearances by characters such as Pac Man, Qork, Sonic and Bowser. Even the Konami code is used in a scene. (I didn’t know what this was, but my husband and the rest of the adults in the theater went wild when this took place.)
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