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#1 Posted on 5.11.12 1806.52
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With the massive weekend this just had in the US, I'm kinda surprised there's no thread for it yet.

In short, it's pretty brillaint and a strong contender for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars.  I'm still partial to Brave myself, but Wreck-It Ralph does some very impressive things.  Not the least of which is finally delivering a satisfying video game steeped movie.  It's not a perfect film, but it's a helluva lot of fun.

Here's my spoiler-free review (despite it not seeing a UK release until bloody February) at londonfilmfanatiq.com.
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#2 Posted on 5.11.12 2000.50
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I found it a little hard to swallow...ARCADES???


This was a good lil' movie. Had a lot of really good cameos and inside jokes for older games that was a pleasant surprise. Any gave that features Tapper as a scene setting earns my respect.

I think they blew an opportunity by not making actual Fix-It Felix Jr. machines and putting them in every theater.
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#3 Posted on 5.11.12 2028.21
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    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    I found it a little hard to swallow...ARCADES???


    This was a good lil' movie. Had a lot of really good cameos and inside jokes for older games that was a pleasant surprise. Any gave that features Tapper as a scene setting earns my respect.

    I think they blew an opportunity by not making actual Fix-It Felix Jr. machines and putting them in every theater.


They did an iOS version of the game.
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#4 Posted on 5.11.12 2150.02
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    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    I think they blew an opportunity by not making actual Fix-It Felix Jr. machines and putting them in every theater.
Actually, they did make up a few. They might not be in every theater, but the Atomic Arcade in Salt Lake City had one for about a week.

I wasn't happy with the movie. As heavily as it was promoted with the retro theme, most of it was played out in the fictional girly "Sugar Rush". I thought there were more food references than games.

I realized this was a kids movie going in, but I guess not to this level.
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#5 Posted on 5.11.12 2156.00
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    Originally posted by Lord of the Manor
    I'm still partial to Brave myself, but Wreck-It Ralph does some very impressive things.


This Pixar fanboy votes Wreck-It Ralph, which was the most impressive thing Disney has done in forever. Coupled with the awesome short beforehand, I enjoyed it much more than expected and definitely more than Brave (which was good.) Of course, having John Lasseter's name literally on the production makes a big difference; Disney is now in good hands.
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#6 Posted on 6.11.12 1404.12
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I liked Wreck-It Ralph an awful lot. I thought it was funny and charming with a great side romance between Calhoun and Felix.

The short Paperman was also ridiculously good. Not quite as good as La Luna or as good a companion piece to the film it was attached to as La Luna was for Brave, but still very very good.

Because I'm weird, I found hidden depths in Wreck-It Ralph.

If you've seen the film, this article about the hidden elements of Taoism in the film may (hopefully) blow your mind (or more likely I'm an idiot):
http://www.soundonsight.org/the-tao-of-wreck-it-ralph/

If you haven't seen the film, that article is SPOILERRIFIC. So maybe watch the film first before you read the article and call me an idiot.
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#7 Posted on 6.11.12 2251.48
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I am looking forward to Wreck-it Ralph
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#8 Posted on 7.11.12 0635.07
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    Originally posted by Llakor
    So maybe watch the film first before you read the article and call me an idiot.


Can I skip all those steps and just do the last thing there? :)
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#9 Posted on 7.11.12 0720.20
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My 3 kids absolutely loved Wreck It Ralph. Now I am going to have to go see it too.
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#10 Posted on 8.11.12 1731.45
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    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
      Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
      I think they blew an opportunity by not making actual Fix-It Felix Jr. machines and putting them in every theater.
    Actually, they did make up a few. They might not be in every theater, but the Atomic Arcade in Salt Lake City had one for about a week.

    I wasn't happy with the movie. As heavily as it was promoted with the retro theme, most of it was played out in the fictional girly "Sugar Rush". I thought there were more food references than games.

    I realized this was a kids movie going in, but I guess not to this level.


I get what you are saying. I would have preferred to go inside nothing but actual games. I'm guessing that would have required more royalties. Also it would have been hard to work into the script. If you don't have Sugar Rush, how do you have Venelope?
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#11 Posted on 8.11.12 2237.21
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Since we had no power - AGAIN (thanks LIPA) - I took the kids to Wreck It Ralph today and while it was not my favorite animated movie, I did like it alot and all four of my kids (ages 7-14) liked it.

It was well worth the money. Big thumbs up.
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#12 Posted on 9.11.12 1157.45
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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by Llakor
      So maybe watch the film first before you read the article and call me an idiot.


    Can I skip all those steps and just do the last thing there? :)


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#13 Posted on 9.11.12 1850.55
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I enjoyed the movie until we met Sarah Silverman's character. I found her bratty and unsympathetic.

Also- product placement. I found it so jarring to see a Subway cup in a Disney animated movie.

(the real life toys in Toy Story were a more natural fit)

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#14 Posted on 15.11.12 1339.54
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My wife and I went to this last night. We both really enjoyed it, even though the video game references and injokes were lost on her ("I don't know what a Q*Bert is, but it's adorable").

I did find that the ending seemed to really be spelled out clearly with slow, easy words. Of course it's a kids movie, but it seemed a bit dumbed down compared to Pixar movies. Maybe I forgot what actual kids movies are like.

The opening animated short was gorgeous.

I had a hard time seeing some of the background details because the stupid movie was in stupid 3D and if I'd known it was only showing in stupid 3D we'd have gone to the other theatre. My fault for inadequate research.

I greatly enjoy that if you buy a compilation of old arcade games for your Xbox, something which will only appeal to old people, you have to get Root Beer Tapper, but the kids movie has plain 'ol Tapper.

Mostly it REALLY made me want to play Mario Kart.
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#15 Posted on 19.11.12 1339.01
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I've now seen it twice and I love it to pieces. Between this and Tangled, Walt Disney's non-Pixar stuff is hitting on all cylinders. (Plus, Paperman was PHENOMENAL.)

The second time through, I tried to pay closer attention to detail, to look for more appearances and references.

Things I noticed the second time around:
-The original Star Wars arcade machine appears in the opening time lapse.
-The graffiti on the walls of the Game Central Station tunnels includes such phrases as, "Sheng Long Was Here," "All Your Base Are Belong to Us," "Shoryuken," and, best of all, "LEEROY JENKINS!"
-There is a doorway to Tron (whatjanesays.tumblr.com) in Game Central Station, even though I did not notice a cabinet in Litwak's.
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