Wreck-it-Ralph uses the almost unlimited resources of computer game history to full effect.
Right from the off the voice of John C Reilly makes Ralph a believable character who demands your sympathy in his plight.
He is fed up of being the bad guy in the computer game Fix-it-Felix Junior and he wants to change this.
In his eyes this can only be achieved by getting a golden medal which he can show his fellow in-game characters and, in their eyes, be a hero of sorts.
In order to do this Ralph hears of another game, Hero’s Duty, from which he may be able to get a medal.
This is very risky though as although a character can die over and over in their own game, if it happens in another, that’s it, they’re gone forever.
Ralph feels he has no option but to take the risk.
In Hero’s Duty he encounters a sergeant (voiced perfectly by Jane Lynch of Glee) who, because of Ralph’s actions, becomes part of his journey.
The majority of this fantastic adventure takes place in a third game-world called Sugar Rush, a sickly sweet car racing game that takes place in a sugar-coated environment, where a second storyline comes into play.
Revolving around a girl game character called Glitch (Sarah Silverman), this is where the film changes gear and starts to add more to an already well-presented animation.
It streaks its way across the finish line, a long way ahead of other animated movies of recent years.
Hats must be taken off to all involved with the production of this lovely film.
The casting by Jamie Sparer Roberts is superb with Jack McBrayer as Fix-it-Felix Junior added to the aforementioned list of voices.
Where the film does really well is that it was attractive to me, an older viewer, because of the nostalgia involved with 80s and 90s video game references.
It acknowledges that it isn’t just children who may enjoy this film.
Of course, that’s not the only reason; it covers the well-used tale of the character discovering his inner hero in a manner that is almost secondary to sub-stories.
Other films are too concerned with ramming the theme down your throat, but not Ralph.
I have to admit I had a strange feeling during an advert before the film about the computer game based on the film which in turn is based on a computer game!
This is a thoroughly enjoyable family film with enough nods and phrases from the old days of button-bashing arcade games for the older viewer, through to the first-person shooters and bright, colourful characters that occupy the seafront arcades of today.
I think it can consider itself in the same category as Toy Story and Shrek and I doubt very much that this will be game over for Ralph; in fact I think he has a lot of “continues” left in him yet!