Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) comes from the arcade game Fix-it Felix Jr. The game plays out that Ralph’s home has been moved due to the construction of a penthouse, so Ralph in his rage decides to destroy the building causing panic to the residents. Felix (voiced by Jack McBrayer) plays the Mario-like hero that can go up every level with a hammer to fix Ralph’s Donkey Kong-like chaos. When the gamer goes home, Felix and the residents celebrate, while Ralph stays outside in the cold with a stump and bricks.
Looking up at the top of the penthouse with desire in his eyes, Ralph wants a change, he wants to be the hero. Talking to other video game villains, Bison from Street Fighter, Kano from Mortal Kombat, Bowser from the Super Mario franchise, and many others tell him that he just has to live with his current situation. Ralph learns about a medal that will states he is a hero, but to do so he must enter in a first-person shooter and enter a Halo-like environment.
Whether you’re a kid, teenager, or adult that played video games for years there is a lot of enjoyment in this movie. It does have a Disney feel to it, but the writing and the action is exciting and attractive to all types of gamers. Nintendo and Capcom characters are more apparent than others, but some are clearly inspired by other well-known video game stars.
Musical score puts this film above other animation flicks this year as Disney showed again they are masters when it comes to inserting the right song or sound at the right time.
Directed by Rich Moore
Runtime of 108 minutes
In theatres now