Ranking Disney: Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Part III
Late summer/early fall last year, I did my first real series of screenshot articles on the blog, a series I called Ranking Disney. It consisted of me ranking all the Disney films based on how I liked them. Which was fun. It was pretty simple, overall. But it did pave the way for Ranking Bond and for something I’m going to introduce in about ten days. Plus it was fun. I got to watch Disney movies for two months.
Anyway, since then, Disney released another movie. And I felt it would be appropriate to cover that film was well, since this is technically under the Ranking Disney umbrella. So that’s what we’re gonna do over the next three days, cover Disney’s newest film, Wreck-It Ralph.
It was a pretty spectacular film. Even if you didn’t grow up with video games, it was still a spectacular film. It just had so much heart to it. This is what Pixar usually is. It’s hard to think they made this and Pixar made Brave, since they feel like they’d be switched, most years. This film also continues Disney’s terrific run they’ve been on since Lasseter and Co. took over the Disney animation department. I feel like this and Tangled are top 20 all-time Disney films, and The Princess and the Frog and Bolt are right below that (along with Winnie the Pooh).
We continue today, celebrating the wonderful movie that is Wreck-It Ralph:
We begin Part III…
Ralph wants to know what’s going on.
Vanellope was a racer until King Candy tried to destroy her code.
He literally locked up their memories.
If she wins the race, the game will reset and she won’t be a glitch anymore.
“Keep an eye out for ya, Stingray.”
Is this where they found Private Ryan?
Fuck yo walls!
Felix is pissed at Ralph.
“You don’t know what it’s like to be rejected and treated like a criminal.”
“Yes, I do. That’s every day of my life.”
He says he tried to be a good guy. But he’s not. He’s a bad guy. And a little girl needs his help. Now fix the fucking car.
Well that seems excessive.
“I know, I know. I’m an idiot.”
“And a real numbskull.”
“A selfish diaper baby.”
“And – a stinkbrain?”
“The stinkiest brain ever.”
“Remember, you don’t have to win. Just cross that finish line and you’ll be a real racer.”
“I’m already a real racer.”
“And I’m gonna win.”
Calhoun comes back to say the Cybug multiplied. This game’s going down.
Just FYI, this did not win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars.
“Get off of my plane!”
And Ralph is just punching bugs in the face. He’s like the Mongo of video games.
This is kind of like Super Mario Bros.
Hey, it’s Turbo.
Hey look, glitching works.
And, you’re fucked.
They gotta get out of there.
“Ralph, it’s not gonna work!”
“We gotta try!”
“Ralph, I told you. I can’t leave the game.”
“It’s okay, Ralph.”
Is there anything sadder than animated characters coming to terms with their own mortality?
They’re gonna blow the exit.
Ralph has an idea.
“I got some wrecking to do.”
“Welcome to the boss level.”
He’s now the most powerful virus in the arcade.
This reminds me of the final boss battle of Twisted Metal 2.
Nothing makes me happier when characters run out of bullets and then pull out the handgun. Because it’s always just a reaction. Just, boom, handgun, and they start firing. It’s one of my favorite motions.
“Let’s watch her die together, shall we?”
“It’s game over for both of you.”
“No. Just for me!”
“I’m bad, and that’s good.”
“I will never be good and that’s not bad.”
“There’s no one I’d rather be –”
Not gonna lie, I was weeping like a fucking child by this point.
“Don’t worry, I got it under control.”
“You fools! Why are you going into the –”
All right, Felix!
Time to win the race.
She’s actually a princess.
They all remember. They hope she understands.
“As your merciful princess, I hereby decree that everyone who was ever mean to me shall be –”
“This place just got interesting.”
“I’m just fucking with you.”
“So this is the real you, huh? Princess.”
“This is me.”
Well, if she’s not a princess, who’s gonna lead?
She’s thinking it’ll be a constitutional democracy. President Vanellope Von Schweetz.
Them candy books is out of control.
The arcade’s about to open.
Time to say goodbye.
“You know, you could just stay here and live in a castle. You could have your own way where no one would ever complain about your stench or treat you bad ever again. You could be happy.”
“I’m already happy. I got the coolest friend in the world.”
“And besides, I got a job to do, too. It may not be as fancy as being President, but it’s my duty.”
“And it’s a big duty!”
“See ya later, President Fartfeathers.”
“Au revoir, Admiral Underpants.”
It’s back. The game can stay.
“So, I’m happy to report, and you’ll be happy to hear, I’m taking life one game at a time.”
“Of course the job hasn’t changed…”
“But, newsflash… the Nicelanders are being nice to me!”
“And that got me thinking about those poor guys left without a game… so here’s what we did…”
“We asked them to help us out on the bonus levels.”
“We haven’t been this popular in years.”
“The gamers decided we’re retro, which I think means, “Old, but cool.””
“Oh, and I decided that living in the dump wasn’t making me feel good, so, I cleaned it up.”
“Built myself a little shack, and a couple for the new guys too.”
“Well, with a little help from Felix.”
“And guess who was the best man at his and Calhoun’s wedding?”
“That’s right, my friends, old Hamhands himself.”
“Very elegant affair, you should have seen it. Lotta grandeur.”
“And not a single bug.”
“But I gotta say, the best part of my day, is when I get thrown off the roof.”
“Because when the Nicelanders life me up…”
“I get a perfect view of Sugar Rush.”
“And I can see Vanellope racing.”
“The kid’s a natural.”
“And the players love her, glitch and all. Just like I knew they would.”
“Turns out I don’t need a medal to tell me I’m a good guy.”
“Because if that little kid likes me…”
“How bad can I be?”
No joke. Like a fucking child.
The credits are brilliant, too.
All of these people deserve major credit. They made one of the best Disney movies of all time.
And that studio logo glitch is incredible too.
So, yeah — this film is brilliant. I can’t honestly claim it’s one of my absolute favorite Disney films of all time, since I’m still a classicist, and prefer old-school Disney and Renaissance Disney, but this is legit a top 20 Disney film of all time. It has so much heart. Those last ten minutes are perfect. And Ralph and Vanellope are so damn likable. And the central conceit is amazing. The only downsides for me — no songs, and all the music is pop music. I hate that in animated movies. Always have, always will. Then, some of the stuff in it is too “modern.” The action sequences and stuff. Nothing major, it’s just — it reminds me of the stuff I don’t like in movies nowadays, so that was something that grated a little bit. Other than that — there wasn’t too much wrong with it for me. I felt the major conflict — and by that I mean King Candy and all that — wasn’t developed enough. It just sucked air out of the film when he showed up (despite Alan Tudyk’s great Ed Wynn impression). I wasn’t interested. But that’s all nitpicking. I love the film, it’s a top 20 Disney all-timer, and it’s the best kind of film Disney could make that’s not a “classic” style Disney film. It’s not racist at all, it has a lot of heart, the story is great, and all they’re missing is some beautiful hand-drawn animation. And even then, I can’t fault them that much, since this is the kind of story that works with CG animation. So they did basically everything right here. Great job. I hope Frozen is amazing later this year.
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Official Disney Number: #52
Run Time: 101 minutes
Release Date: November 2, 2012
Budget: $165 million
Box Office: $188.4 million domestically, $436.3 million worldwide
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- Disney began developing this idea back in the 80s. It was originally called “High Score.” Then in the 90s, it was called “Joe Jump,” and then in the 2000s, it was called “Reboot Ralph,” when they got the idea of making it about the “villain.”
- The original idea was to keep the characters 8-bit the entire time, but they figured it would make it harder for people to love Ralph as a character. (Which, despite my love of 8-bit graphics, I understand.)
- The glitch at the end is meant to look like the Pac-Man Bomb Screen that happens when you get to the 256th level of the game.
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1. There aren’t too many in this, since it’s more about video games. I’m not gonna go crazy looking for them, since it’s not really trying to make allusions to old Disney the way other films do. Anything I noticed I mentioned in the articles.
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