Wreck-It Ralph is out today, November 2nd and is rated PG. Below is the synopsis of the movie:
Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore (TV’s “The Simpsons,” “Futurama”) take moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in “Wreck-It Ralph.” Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers”) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock”), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch, TV’s “Glee”) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program”) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late?
As a non-gamer, my husband doubted whether I would understand all the possible video game references and if I would even enjoy an animated movie about arcade games. I brought a friend of mine with me who also does not play video or arcade games so we were both in for a surprise. We absolutely loved the movie and it totally had us laughing the whole way through. The personalities of all the characters were so different but molded together very nicely. I was surprised at how deep the messages in the movie actually were considering it was a "video game movie." Their struggles were relatable: the struggle between wanting to be good or bad, feeling acknowledged or isolated, and their need to fit in!
The unlikely friendship that is formed between Ralph and Venellope is heart-warming and almost tear-jerking at moments. Ok, it doesn't take much to make me tear up but the friendship is sweet! You could possibly get a sugar-high from watching Wreck-It Ralph with all the candy coated buildings, race cars made from candy, chocolate, and graham crackers and even a fun little cameo from Beard Papas himself!
Something unexpected for me was how much I loved Jane Lynch's character, Sergeant Calhoun. I've always loved Jane Lynch from Glee and I wasn't sure if I would find the same spunky attitude in Wreck-It Ralph but Sergeant Calhoun didn't disappoint!
I would definitely recommend you to watch this movie as it comes out in theaters today! With that said, I would probably not personally recommend it for the really little ones as there is some violence and guns when Ralph enters into the arcade game, Hero's Duty, and I believe there were a couple jokes that I found geared towards adults. That is just my opinion and what I would do but I saw plenty of young ones there and their parents and kids alike thought it was great. Also, make sure to head to the movie early because you don't want to miss the short film, Paperman! Unfortunately, due to some mix up in screening times, I was only able to catch the tail end of the short and already loved it and wish I could have seen the whole thing!
You can catch one of the Wreck-It Ralph trailers here and print out some free coloring pages and activity sheets below:
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Kangaroo Mama was provided free screening passes from the sponsor company for review but the opinions stated in this posting are completely my own honest opinion and not influenced by the sponsor company.