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.
Originally posted by Lord of the ManorI'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.
Originally posted by ScottyflamingoI 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?
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.
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.
What makes PTI work is the chemistry between Wilbon and Kornheiser. LeBetard is a nice sub and I enjoy his shtick, but long-term you're just not going to re-create that. (Not that it will stop ESPN from trying when the time comes.)