When I first watched this movie I loved it. It was one of the first appropriate video game movies I have seen in awhile since it actually involves video game characters and video game environments.
However, I must admit that I've never played this particular video game called Fix-it Felix Jr.
However, it rarely focuses on Fix-it Felix Jr. and instead Wreck-it Ralph, the bad guy of the game whose catchphrase is "I'm gonna wreck it!"
He's fed up of being a bad guy and wants to try something fresh and new. But before I dive in more, I just want to mention the main port where video game characters meet is called Game Central Station a little deviation from Grand Central Station and Sonic mentioning the rules outside of the game is great and funny saying this:
But that's just one of the few exciting things about this world. Wreck-it Ralph decides to go to a bad guy meeting called Bad Anon and discuss about his problems, and what he was feeling. He also mentions that he's tired of being a bad guy which shocks everyone in the group
Plus being the 30th anniversary of the game, he especially feels tired of the rut that he's always in. So this technically makes the game a classic since it was implied that Wreck-it Ralph was kind of an 80's game and it was like he survived all of the modernization of the video game world, especially the arcade world. It is also note worthy that the characters always prepare for new arcade days by saying "quarter alert" or something along those lines and that would play into the movie later when Wreck-it Ralph decides to jump games to prove that he can be a hero by winning a medal in Hero's Duty. But it seems that Wreck-it Ralph isn't the only one who thought of game jumping, the first was by a guy called Turbo who game jumped because he was attention seeking and wanted to be in every game causing the new game and his to be unplugged.
So it was assumed that he was gone since it was thought that he lost his life outside of the game, or was he? But I'm getting ahead of myself here. Wreck-it Ralph still goes to Hero's Duty
A little spin on call of duty and countless other action like video games/arcade games and he gives a poignant view on newer video games saying that the older video games were less gory than it is today and I must agree to a certain extent, because even so it is still art and even Fix-it mentions that to Sergeant Coulhan about her features being High Definition(HD) instead of the old 8-bit Fix-it and Ralph are based on.
However, the medal he got had some consequences that he had to deal with because the winner's place had loads of Cybugs, forcing him to escape in an escape pod with a Cybug in it. And of all the places he could have landed, he landed in Sugar Rush, a classic girly racing place, that apparently appeals to guys as well because I guess that's the only racing game and so they appear to hog it even though a girl clearly wants to play. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that guys enjoying a game like this is wrong but it's just uncommon is all I'm saying and if that's really the case that Sugar Rush is the only racing game there, I'd try my best to hide my shame and play it anyways because I just like the old arcade racing games.
But honestly the colors really appeal I mean look at it. Wait, try to look away, you just can't. Your eyes will be just fixated at all the bright colors and the interesting set of the arcade game. Anyways, so as you'd expect this is kinda like Mario Kart with the power ups and all that mixed in with the old Bandicoot Racing games.
But we soon find out that Sugar Rush is not all it seems. As we soon come across Vanellope
Vanellope is a sweet little girl but it turns out she has one problem. She's a glitch. The way they explain glitches is really great especially since they took the time to animate it in such a way that tells us visually instead of her having to tell us a lot. And it seems Vanellope wants the medal as well and races Ralph up a candy cane tree and she gets the medal first. Ralph is obviously angered by this but Vanellope nonchalantly tosses it into the players cup, to be in the qualifiers so she could be in the roster, as all she wants to do is race cars.
But it seems that not everyone is excited by the idea, especially King Candy
King Candy calls for his royal guard and Candy questions Ralph's motifs in his realm, and Ralph clarifies that he just wants his medal back. But Ralph finds that Candy is too quirky and he can feel that Candy is hiding something, so he decides to find Vanellope and upon doing so finds out that she's being bullied by the other racers just because she's different and that she can't really race.
Ralph approaches her and he reveals that he is actually a bad guy but was able to achieve the medal by beating Hero's Duty(well, he technically cheated, but I digress) and that he wants his medal back and she has to win it back for him. So she makes a deal with him but first they have to make a car
Now, to his credit Ralph did warn Vanellope that his hands weren't for making things it was for smashing and wrecking things hence, the mess behind the car and on the car. But Vanellope doesn't car because it's still a car and it has all of the race car stuff, and being a race car, it's a manual shift. And apparently Vanellope doesn't really know how to drive a car. But the police are on them and they have to escape back to Vanellope's place which happens to be Soda Mountain
Which actually is more of a volcano because the stalagmites are mentos but the pool that's below is cola(yeah, I don't know how that works either but, I'll let it pass) and we see that it could play somewhere in the movie but you never know. But first, Wreck-it Ralph tries to teach Vanellope how to drive a race car and finally Vanellope is able to drive it and Ralph has his hopes up of getting his medal back. And yeah, it's not always that easy as Candy tries to reach out to Ralph saying that if the players chose Vanellope and saw that she was a glitch the game would be unplugged, giving a very solid reason why nobody wanted her to race in the first place.
Meanwhile, Fix-it tries to look for Ralph because they already got their warning by a piece of paper that said under maintenance and they needed t find Ralph quick otherwise their game would be unplugged, implying that the bad guy is just as essential as the good guy. So Fix-it teams up with Coulhan and Fix-it finds out her back story of one of great tragedies that led her to what she is today. Her back story is so tragic that it's a little funny because it ties in the game so well and gives exposition through a flashback that doesn't give too much dialogue away, except that her ex-fiance used to call her a "dynamite gal" as Fix-it decides to call her that at one point in time. But to be fair Coulhan was actually just trying to find the Cybug that was on Ralph's ship while Fix-it is looking for his friend, so this adventure was always going to be split anyway, but it seems that Fix-it's heart is on Coulhan and can't think of anything else which gets him captured by Sour Bill.
Wreck-it Ralph returns to show off his medal and finds out that everybody is getting ready for the unplugging of their game. Feeling sorry for himself, Ralph throws his medal at the glass which makes the paper shift to one side revealing Sugar Rush's arcade cover art which features Vanellope.
Confused by his findings he seeks out Sour Bill and finds out that King Candy doesn't want her to cross the finish line because if she does she'll become a real racer. So, Ralph looks for his friend Fix-it as Sour Bill let out that he was keeping Fix-it in a dungeon and convinces Fix-it to help him fix the car promising Fix-it that he'll never try being a hero again. So he gets the fixed up car and persuades Vanellope to race.
But as we find out from Coulhan the Cybugs have multiplied and now have taken over Sugar Rush and is consuming the whole game. Now before moving into the third and final act I must mention that Vanellope was somehow able to try and control her glitch powers and also King Candy turns out to be Turbo and this plays into the final act.
Ralph takes Coulhan's hover board and goes to the top of Soda Mountain where he meets the "boss" King Candy who ultimately just got eaten by a Cybug and we know that anything a Cybug eats it will become. And so Ralph has to battle him, again this nods to the fact that all arcade games had boss levels.
Ralph manages to get away from King Candy plunging into the roof of Soda Mountain saying the bad guy affirmation from Bad Anon:
But before he gets hit by the scalding cola, Vanellope comes to the rescue and saves him. Then after the Cybugs die by going into the light, especially Turbo/King Candy. They fix the finish line and allow Vanellope to cross the finish line, making everything better and revealing that she was a princess. It's note worthy that Vanellope jokingly wanted to execute Tabitha because Tabitha was such a bitch though but I digress, Vanellope decides to get rid of the monarchy system and instead makes it a more democratic world by allowing herself to be President(Umm.. isn't that dictatorship then, but then again I guess they don't know how to vote yet, one step at a time I guess).
So Ralph and Vanellope say their goodbyes and return to their respective worlds. Ralph finally gets the recognition he wanted as well as having the great idea of bringing in the old video game characters in helping them make a bonus level. And we end thing on a more softer note with Ralph on the roof being thrown off again but this time, saying that he likes it because he can see Vanellope race and her using her glitch powers to win races(isn't that a little cheating?) and says that he doesn't mind being the bad guy because labels can't truly define you.
And with that note ends the most beautifully done video game movie of all time
I mean from the first act to the last, the movie surrounds itself with the two main characters Ralph and Vanellope through out by doing what video game movies should be, which is about video games. Not forgetting of course the essential character development and the sincerity that is put into this movie. You can tell that a lot of passion and time was put into this, especially the designs of the game. And with it being a video game, it has to be animation, and the animation is beautiful with the lighting changing and the introduction of certain worlds by just one simple trait without any dialogue and we still can guess the world easily because it is video games and we grew up with them especially the arcade games.