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Wreck-It Ralph (contains spoilers)

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 27, 2012, 4:40 PM
Best freaking animated movie of the year!!!  :headbang:

Since seeing a trailer for it last spring I knew right away it would be great but man was it even better!  Very cute, clever, beautiful animation, great humor, tons of hilarious gaming references, and a lot of heart.  Everything you can expect from a good animated film!  :nod:

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!  STOP READING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED!!

Unlike I usually tend to do, I actually didn't go onto Wikipedia and look up the plot for this film.  Yes, I resisted the urge, so I was surprised with a lot of things in it but not disappointed!  I had already known the overall plot for a while:  a video game villain is tired of being the bad guy and wants to go out to see if he can be a good guy, but it's a lot more than that.  Ralph actually does his 'heroic' act in the first half of the film not too long after the beginning.  He tries to get a medal in the "Hero's Duty" (not that kind of 'duty') game to show to everyone that he can be good but ends up getting stuck in the "Sugar Rush" game and loses his medal thanks to Vanellope von Schweetz and has to find a way to get it back.  But the real ending of the film isn't Ralph retrieving the medal, but having to make the better choice to help Vanellope and save their games before they get 'unplugged'.  In the end, Ralph learns that there's nothing wrong with being a bad guy in a video game, but he gets better treatment and ends up being a hero and makes a good friend.  It's got a great lesson and a really powerful ending, and don't even get me started on how incredible the credits are afterwards!

The characters are all very colorful and unique.  Ralph is the villain but at the same time the main protagonist and a real nice guy at heart.  Vanellope might seem like an annoying little kid at first but is actually quite sweet (no pun intended) and adorable.  Felix is the nice guy (figuratively and literally speaking) with a magic hammer, and Sgt. Calhoun who is the badass female warrior out to protect everyone against evil.  Then of course there's the real villain, King Candy, who is........well, more than who you think he is, let's just put it at that.  All the protagonists come together in the end to help save the games and it's funny how all three games end up combining in some way.

I was also very impressed with the whole plot twist involving King Candy.  Before seeing the film I had a feeling he was going to be the villain and I was right!  But I never would have guessed that he was Turbo all along and he sure got an unexpected but epic upgrade at the end!  The whole fight scene between him and Ralph on top of Vanellope's Coke and Mentos volcano thingy was very reminiscent of a final level against the final boss and felt like you were playing the whole time!

One thing that really made me laugh was the referencing of video games seen all over the place.  We see real video game villains like Bowser (Super Mario), Dr. Eggman (Sonic the Hedgehog), Zangief and M. Bison (Street Fighter), Clyde (Pac-Man), and then some good guys like Sonic and Pac-Man themselves and probably a lot more I missed!  I cracked up at the Lara Croft gag in the beginning and the whole talk about glitches and resetting and stuff was pretty cool.  Too bad my poor mother didn't get half the jokes in it!  :giggle:

So yeah, fantastic movie all around!  It's witty, it's adorable, and it's epic!  It's like Toy Story but with video games.  Gamer or not, you are going to love it so go watch it whenever you get the chance!!

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Lewleworange Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Going to go see it for my birthday (10 more days), hoping it's as awesome as you say! Disney/Pixar haven't let me down before.
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely LOVED that movie! I'm thinking of going to see it again (not something I usually do since funds are always low... ESPECIALLY around Christmas... AND I want to go see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2nd or 3rd week it is out... and why am I telling you this?)

anyway... do you think the animated short that was played before the movie, Paperman, should at least be nominated for an Oscar?
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Emopinataj Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally agree about the paper man short. :D
That was one of the best shorts I have ever seen!
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sailorvulpix Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think one of my favorite parts from the movie would probably have to be the concept of Game Central Station, a link to all of the games in the arcade.

I was actually thinking of maybe someday writing a MLP and WiR crossover, ya think that's a good idea?
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that was really creative, it kinda gives me a Monsters Inc. vibe!

Not a bad idea! Just sorry I can't read it.
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mc1964 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I loved this film! By far, the best character was Vanellope! She stole the whole movie!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She was so adorable! :D
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Dappleswirl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That movie was amazingly awesome!!
And I LOVED that cute short!!! X3
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BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I was surprised by King Candy being Turbo too.

I hope this film (or FrankenWeenie) win for best animated film this year. This may be the first time that Disney outdoes Pixar
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't Disney and Pixar work together now though?
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BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
yes, but Pixar's films are in a seperate catagory of Disneys films, they are only done by Pixar and Disneys animated films are done by Walt Disney Animation
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Has Pixar ever made their own films?
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BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
yes, the made Toy Story, Bugs Life, Incredibles, the list goes on.....or are you talking about when they weren't with Disney?
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was talking about when they weren't with Disney.
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BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
well, they didnt do any really. but they were with Disney in the 90s then in 2006 they officially became part of Disney (im still trying to figure out how that worked exactly. even Im still confused)
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Dappleswirl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But it was a Pixar movie...
(and the companies are combined)
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BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
yes they are, but did you even SEE Pixars logo on the film?????
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Dappleswirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Then why did it have a Pixar Short?
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BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Its not a Pixar Short. just because it has a short film attached doesn't make it a Pixar Film. The Winnie the Pooh film last year (Go and watch it, its good) had a short film, does that make it a Pixar film?
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Dappleswirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It did? Huh. I thought Disney didn't do shorts....

Well that's too bad. I was really looking forward to the DVD will all the Pixar commentaries and bonus features and stuff :(
Maybe Disney will do the same? :)

I wonder if Brad Bird directed it...
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BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
what do you mean disney didnt do shorts. havnt you heard of the Silly Symphonies, Mickey Mouse cartoons, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto cartoons, they are considered shorts. the whole Foundation of Disney basically started with animated shorts 80 some years ago
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Dappleswirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant before a movie. I've only seen Pixar do that.
And of corse Disney has shorts. Almost every animation company starts with shorts, its how they get places.
*sigh* I remember when they used to play them on tv :)
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DarkMagicianmidgit Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I now know why disney shows are awful nowadays, THEY WERE WORKING ON THE MOVIES! I nearly shat my pants when I saw that movie, and even drew a bit of fan art and everything (I'm actually shocked I haven't seen them as ponies yet) I ended up sobbing at the ending, and the k-pop was awesome!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well they have different people working on the movies than on the shows.
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Rex42 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, the movie was indeed unexpectedly good :)
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Obsessor0fThings Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have to admit, I wanted to see the movie but I wasn't expecting it to be amazing... I'm glad I wrong! It was awesome!

Also, did you get to see the animated short? 'Cause that was pretty cute too. :3
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Paper Man short?
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Obsessor0fThings Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Uh-huh. I thought it was adorable. :aww:
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, that was cute! :3
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Obsessor0fThings Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:nod:
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PLCTheCd Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
My favorite part is the Wizard of Oz reference with the Oreo guards! :D
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that was one joke my mom DID get! XD
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PLCTheCd Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I also like the Metal Gear SOlid reference too when Ralph was in Tappers.

Best movie evah!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, the exclamation point! XD And then there was that one part where the dude from Hero's Duty was walking into a wall and his feet were still moving like he was really in a video game! XD
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PLCTheCd Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I like the part as well that even though Tappers serve "root beer" :lmao:
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What's wrong with root beer?! I love root beer!
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PLCTheCd Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I know, but I didn't know that you can get drunk on Root Beer in the Wreck-It-Ralph universe! :XD:

PS: I love Root Beer too, my favorite's IBC.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Um...........who ever said you can? O_o
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ZebulonSmiley Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I didn't know you hadn't seen this movie already Alex! ^^ This movie was so awesome. :3
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DemonPanther Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I can't believe I figured out that twist sooner, as well. I mean, they kept tossing that phrase about all over the place, and then they give the freakin' backstory behind the saying! It was just crying that King Candy wasn't who he seemed to be. Best part was Vanellope leaving all the racers in her dust xD
That and her now epic power that all the players love her for!
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RadHannah Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I almost cried three times during that movie! I loved it so much!!! And They had lots of video game references, and even Skrillex was in it (for half a second.)
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What?! When?!
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RadHannah Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When what?
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Skrillex song!
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RadHannah Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Skrillex himself was in it, not a song, and it was during Felix's penthouse part at the very beginning. He was the DJ but he was shown for less than a second
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooooh yeah! Now I remember! :icondragonmanplz:
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RadHannah Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also after looking it up, he did do a song for Wreck it Wralph! I think it was in the scene where they were in Heroes' Duty.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOOOOORD!
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dafk189 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Ever notice that Felix was never cruel to Ralph compared to the Nicelanders? Cause from what I could tell, he's the only nice guy to Ralph. Well, except for being mad at him for game jumping but he seemed like he forgave Ralph for game jumping.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, well he is the good guy you know. :3
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