As seen in Issue 6 of Candid Magazine!
Disney’s latest offering, Wreck it Ralph, due for release in the UK next week is not dissimilar to a helpful serving of every special treat you can think of. It provides a phenomenal dose of endorphins whilst taking you back, Christmas Carol styley to childhood dreams that will forever remain in the imagination. Only it isn’t ghosts that appear, rather computer game characters, so bright and energetic you may have a mini heart attack. Confused? Don’t worry, for all will be revealed.
Wreck it Ralph’sprotagonist, Ralph (unsurprisingly and voiced by John C. Reilly) is the ‘bad guy’ in old-school arcade game, Fix-it-Felix, within which he runs around wrecking a grand town house, inhabited by ‘hero’ Felix (Jack McBrayer) and the townspeople. The latter then subsequently fixes said stuff. However, once the children playing Fix-it have left we see that all is not as it appears. Whilst Felix is adored by the townspeople in the game, Ralph is actually not so bad and instead has been secluded from the rest of the characters and made to sleep in some rubbish outside the house. Rude. Ralph makes valiant attempts to be liked, failing to understand why he is treated the way he is and decides that the only way he is to be accepted is if he acquires a sparkling medal. And so the story begins. Entering a modern first-person shooter game, Ralph just about gets his medal and along the way manages to irritate the very tough and incredibly funny Sergeant Calhoun (the hilarious Jane Lynch). He accidentally unleashes the game’s deadly enemy, taking it into a sickly sweet racing-car game and meeting ‘glitch’ Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) who has her own very similar issues. Together they find a way to help one another through tough times and ultimately learn what it truly means to be a good guy.
What is so brilliant about Twenty First Century Disney is the humour it incorporates. Growing up, the studio’s many, many releases such as classics, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella were, I remember, simply magical but they weren’t massively funny, instead relying on formulaic story-telling and the romance between the female protagonist and her prince (with some talking animals thrown in). Recent incarnations, Tangled and this, Wreck it Ralph have the same formula (albeit a bit more original, particularly with the latter) because they obviously have to tell a story but they do so with so much more gusto. Wreck it Ralph is hilarious. I actually sat at the screening, practically wetting my pants and laughing out loud. This is aided along by the two female voice-overs, Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman. Lynch, who many will know as Glee’s Sue Sylvester pretty much plays this same character whilst donning a soldier’s instead of cheerleading coach’s uniform. She is dry, aggressive and doesn’t suffer fools gladly; treating everybody she comes across with utter contempt but in the funniest possible way. Her back-story, which explains her traits is heart-breaking but will still, without a doubt crack you up. American comedienne, Silverman plays the facetious little tyke, Vanellope with aplomb. For anyone that has seen her stand-up or The Sarah Silverman Programme and is a bit of a fanatic will really appreciate this character whilst also breathing a sigh of relief that she has been able to bring her phenomenal talents to the film.
Wreck it Ralph is simply not just for kids, though there is plenty to keep them entertained, including many an appearance and mentions of video game characters. There’s nostalgia for people my age and enough laughs and heart-warming moments for mum, dad and granny Shirley. This film has taken Disney to new heights – dizzying in fact and it will take a lot to knock them off the pedestal they have once again climbed upon.