On the surface Disney's 52nd animated film, Wreck-It-Ralph, looks nothing like their traditional animated classics, such as Bambi or Sleeping Beauty but deep down it still has all the elements that make Disney great: humour, cuteness, and most of all heart - you might even find a princess pop up.
Ralph is a video game character in the game Felix Fix-It, Jr., and for the last thirty years he has played the bad guy. But now he thinks it is time for things to change. He is tired wrecking buildings and being hated while the hero, Felix, gets all the glory and all the medals. Isn't it time he won a medal?
Unfortunately bad guys don't win medals, so that leaves Ralph with only one choice. He's going to be a hero. Ralph goes 'turbo', leaving his retro 2D world for a new first-person shooter called Heroes of Duty. But things don't quite go to plan when he accidentally ends up in the candy coloured racing game, Sugar Rush, where he encounters an annoying, yet loveable 'glitch' called Vanellope. As the two work together to achieve their dreams, Ralph discovers that this cute pixie-like land isn't so sweet after all, and the only way to fix it, is to be a bad guy.
Clashing environments and unlikely pairings, make Wreck-It-Ralph a comedic, if not peculiar film to watch. Seeing the tough army sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun travelling through the the pink, frilly world of Sugar Rush is odd, but at the same time utterly wonderful. Cameo appearances by Bowser, Dr. Eggman, and the ghost from Pacman also make for a great nostalgia kick. There are many other cultural references that made me laugh throughout the film too, such as Oreo biscuits doing a parody of The Wizard of Oz , and electricity cables transporting characters like on the London Underground.
I was impressed by the creativity that went into this film; the concept of 'living' video game characters is similar to Toy Story, and while it cannot live up the standards set by Woody and Buzz, Wreck-It-Ralph has a lot going for it, and although a little predictable at times, it is something the whole family will enjoy.