Bottom Line: A kind of TOY STORY-for-techies, WRECK-IT RALPH is a wonderfully playful, delightfully simple, whimsically heartfelt, beautifully envisioned, humorously scripted and definitely turbo-charged look at worlds behind the coin slot – a tale of pixilated life where plug meets socket. A whole lot of talented people worked hard to bring us this satisfyingly retro, feel good movie – and, as a result, they’ve delivered the first animated movie of the year that should equally appeal to boys, girls, moms, dads, grandpas, grandmas, uncles, aunts, you name it… The only thing this fun-for-the-whole-family flick actually ends up wrecking…are the chances of other 2012 animated movies winning an Oscar. It’s my favorite animated movie of the year!
Starring the voices of: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane LynchDirected by: Rich Moore
Running time: 108 minutes
Story: Ralph is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, 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 from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz 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? (Walt Disney Pictures)