Movie info: Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), 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 (Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) 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? — (C) Disney
Mars Review: Being set in the world of video games, its conceit is set firmly in the Hero’s Journey. The mythic realms are made of bits and bytes, but are magical, and the tasks are nothing short of Herculean. Ralph and his new friends offer much action and adventure, but the movie scores most of all with its poignant scenes and the relationships among its characters. This Disney’s in-house effort mostly feels like an actual Pixar film, Wreck-It Ralph compares with the Toy Story movies.
Stars: 4 out of 5