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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away my daughter, out of
the blue, asked me if I heard about this "new animated movie featuring all
sorts of retro video game characters" that was being made. She knows how
frequently I blog about video games, so I am expected to know everything about
them...and when she can pull a fast one and get something by me...trust me...I hear
about it. And she got me on this one, because I hadn't heard anything of the
sort. That was months and months ago and as time went on, obviously I did hear
something about it. Now...in present time...I've seen the trailers on TV and read
some articles and what not about it. Naturally I heard the title was Wreck-It
Ralph, and true to her claim...it's about all sorts of retro video game
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. But the world of the feisty
misfit Vanellope von Schweetz from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar
Rush, 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?
Well, it opens in theaters near you (maybe)...tomorrow.
The main character is voiced by John C. Reilly who can be
hilarious. I loved him in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, but he's also
done some rather dark and edgy films too. The movie has quite the voice acting cast with
some other names I am fans of...from Alan Tudyk (most of you are probably
wondering who that is - he was in A Knight's Tale which I really liked) to
Dennis Haysbert (President Palmer in 24, also starred in The Unit and also the
Allstate spokesperson). I like all of them and am actually looking forward to seeing
Part of the reason I'm looking forward to this movie is
obviously because it features video games from the era when I was born and
raised...but even more so because I' m curious to see just how well the movie
does and what kind of audience it will attract. I know I will go see it - and
probably force my daughter to take me...whether she likes it or not. But how many
others will go see it thinking it's a kid's movie compared to those who go see
it for the nostalgia and to relive the whole video game scene of the 80s and
Its interesting reading quotes from the cast who are no
doubt off promoting the movie. One has to wonder if they're truly gamers (to
the degree we are anyway) or simply helping market the movie to potential
paying customers. I wouldn't be surprised if they are indeed gamers.
"I remember when
it went from pinball machines to Space Invaders. That was the first one like -
'Oh my God!' There were no computers, no cell phones, I didn't even have VCR,
so the concept of being able to manipulate what was on a television screen was
this outrageously new thing.
I spent a lot of money
on that, lot of change. Pac-Man was the next big one after that, they just kept
coming -- Centipede, Asteroids, and then Defender. I played a lot of Defender.
The first time you could go in reverse! Your spaceship could go that way then
it could double back that way. I would start out being really good at games and
then get worse and worse the more I played..." -John C. Reilly
"I grew up with
Atari and arcade games. We lived near ... an arcade called Space Center and we
used to go there in the evening, my sisters and I. I loved it. There was a game
called Joust that was in our local Dairy Queen that I mastered between
cones." -Sarah Silverman
"I'm not a gamer.
It was an education for me. I'm not an arcade person, I never was as a kid. I
played Asteroids in college...but I was usually very drunk. I barely remember
the game." -Jane Lynch
Read more here.
Something else I find equally interesting - as you well
know, so often video games and movies don't mix, certainly not movies inspired
by video games. It's often a disastrous combination (although I have a theory
on why and how to fix it as discussed in this blog)
that leaves gamers exasperated and non-gamers puzzled. But what about a movie
that recognizes video games, features some of the legendary characters from the
most popular games and makes being a gamer seem kind of cool - how will that be
Watching the trailer, you see popular characters like
Bowser, Sonic, Clyde (one of the ghosts from Pac Man), and Q-bert. The cast for
the movie also mentions Charles Martinet as a voice actor for Mario and Luigi...which
is cool because he has done voice acting for a ton of different video games
including a bunch of Mario games. If they don't make an appearance, sounds like
we'll at least hear from them.
As much as I usually avoid critic reviews, I did read a
handful of them just to see what I was getting myself into. Of course there
were a few lukewarm one's, but overall there were quite a few that strongly
praised the game and it's throwback to earliest days of gaming.
I plan to see it tomorrow...and if you plan on going to see it
too...I read that you'll want to stay until the end and watch the post credits
clips. I have no idea what it is (Mario and Luigi maybe), but hear it's the "ultimate video game
Those ghosts are so confusing, it's like pinky, inky, blinky, clyde, speedy...something. Alright I used to know their names, and their other names, but it's just so confusing!
Edit: Wow, I just looked at wikipedia and those are all correct, It's not all of them, but they are correct. Sometimes I surprise myself...at how geeky I am.
On a side note, the fake retro game they got on the website is actually really good and adicting. Have you played it?
I'm really hoping to be able to see it tomorrow.
And I can't wait!
I started paying attention to this last month. From everything I've heard about it, I'm pretty excited to see it.
the reception so far has been great so should be a really good flick. Want to see this one!
Wash is in this movie!? I had no idea. Awesome.
I was estatic when I saw the previews for this movie. Definitely going to go see it!
I think I might actually go see this. Maybe some time on the weekend...
I love Alan Tudyk! He was Steve the Pirate in the movie Dodgeball, HAHA! I've seen him in some other stuff too, like Arrested Development & Firefly.
I'm excited to see this movie! I just told my wife this morning that I'd like her to go see it with me. :)
I already have my tickets for tomorrow. I am so happy to be able to see this film. I know I am going to love it.
I can't believe they got Bowser. Does anyone know if they got the red bad guy from Dig-Dug? I think I remember seeing it in a picture, but I forget.
I can't wait to see it! I think it's the video game movie we've all been waiting for. I'm hoping to go see it sometime next week.
Dennis Haybert was also the Voodoo guy in Major League & ML2.
Anyway I'm pretty stoked for this one, but unless I do a double-feature this weekend (or on my weekend anyway), I'll probably go see The Man With the Iron Fists instead, and catch Ralph next week.
I've been very interested in the film since I heard about it. But once I saw Q-bert in there, I knew I have to go see it. Spent so much time on that game. Won't be able to see it in theaters for another week or so, but I am going to.
I really hope I get to see this movie soon!