[dc]O[/dc]ver a decade has past since I was a seven-year-old screaming so Mickey would notice me and wave, despite being one of the thousands of children at a parade. Yet, somehow, every time I see a Disney movie I turn into that seven-year-old again.
It was why I went to see “Wreck-it-Ralph” with absolutely no compunctions about whether or not it was appropriate for my age level. There should be no age limit to fun.
“Wreck-it-Ralph” only seemed to enforce that. The basic plot is that, Ralph, a classic video game villain, wants to be accepted into his community as someone other than an outcast. In trying to receive that recognition he leaves his game, which has unintended consequences both for the Ralph and every other game in the arcade.
It was more than just a few one-liners and in-jokes though. The movie can get very deep at times.
The movie had great shout-outs to anyone who has ever played a video game, and I mean ever. Classic game characters populated Ralph’s world, and small bits of gamer trivia showed up as graffiti.
The game world had its own rules, some universal and some applying to singular worlds. For instance, the game “Hero’s Duty” has monsters that have no clue that they’re in a game. This leads to trouble when Ralph accidentally lets one into the game “Sugar Rush.”
The landscape of “Sugar Rush” led to some pretty good jokes: Diet Coke Mountain erupts when you knock down the mentos stalactites, the police are doughnuts, and laffy taffy hangs in the jungle, you guessed it, laughing.
It was more than just a few one-liners and in-jokes though. The movie can get very deep at times. The characters were genuinely funny, and were representative of their genres without being caricatures. Each one had his or her own personality.
It was why it was so easy to sympathize with Ralph and his friends. I thought, from the trailers, that Vanellope Von Schweetz would be incredibly annoying. She just struck me as the kind of overly-peppy side character who would grate on my nerves.
Instead I was treated to scenes of Vanellope, as a game glitch, being ostracized and struggling to find her place. There is even a rather sad scene of her being bullied by the other racers.
She was a sympathetic character who had just as much to prove as Ralph, and maybe even more. It is why the two of them made such a good team.
Sergeant Calhoun and Fix-it-Felix develop a very cute relationship, despite being from completely different game genres. It only serves to make it all the funnier.
The villain was also very evil, raising the stakes much higher than one would think in a Disney movie. It all made for a climactic showdown, complete with monsters, racing, and an ending worthy of the Disney that makes us all feel like kids.
Like all Disney movies, this one taught a moral, but there was no age limit on it. The movie showed that you can reinvent yourself while still staying true to who you are, and that your life is what you make it.