Friday, October 26, 2012
Review: Wreck-It Ralph is Year's Best Animated Film
Sorry Pixar, but your comely redheaded lass is no match for Disney's odiferous, dump-dwelling hobo with disproportionately enormous hands.
That would be Ralph himself, voiced by John C. Reilly, who leads the movie's eclectic animated cast, teaming up with Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) in a friendship leads them both to discover who they really are on the inside.
Speaking of Vanellope, she isn't the pestilential imp suggested by the trailers. Although she has her moments (as well as her secrets), by early in the third act you'll care about her as much as Ralph does.
The movie's main environments—arcade video games Hero's Duty and Sugar Rush—are some of the most jaw-dropping ever put on screen. Imagineering, how about a Sugar Rush ride at Disney World?
Those virtual worlds, as well as Ralph's own, the 30-year-old, 8-bit, Fix-It Felix Jr., are the setting for one of Disney's biggest adventures in years. Also the most awkward osculations—you'll see.
After last year's Winnie the Pooh, where the studio showed it could still excel at making great traditional animation, Wreck-It Ralph is proof that Disney can devote as much effort to telling a great story using CG.
As for the attached short film, Paperman, you have to admire director John Kahrs' monochrome vision. The character design is unique, unlike anything Disney's done before; and the story brings to life the hope of many a hopeless romantic.
However it wasn't inventive, either in story or technique, to live up to the hype. Could anything? There's something to be said about the value of low expectations.
Perhaps my glowing review of Ralph wasn't such a good idea.