WHEN I went to see ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ last week, it was preceded by the brilliant short film, ‘Paperman’. The ‘Paperman’ of the story is a young man working in a high rise building, who attempts to catch the attention of a woman in the opposite building, by throwing paper aeroplanes to her.
‘Paperman’s unique blend of 2D and computer animation gives it an original look - like a series of sketches in motion. The deserving winner of this year’s ‘Best Animated Short’ Academy Award, it’s an additional reason to see ‘Wreck-it Ralph’.
Disney’s ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ follows the adventures of Wreck-it Ralph, a bad guy in a video game called ‘Fix-it Felix’. Contrary to his image, Ralph is actually a nice guy, frustrated by always having to play the villain.
He feels unappreciated by the characters in his game who lavish their praise on the star, Fix-it Felix. His is one of many games all set in an arcade and when no-one is present, the characters are able to leave their games and interact.
This leads to cameos from famous gaming icons - from the cast of ‘Street Fighter’, to Sonic the Hedgehog and Pac Man - and some clever references to other game franchises. Good luck spotting them all.
At the core of the film is the partnership between Ralph and Venelope Von Sweetz - a glitch character in a racing game, ‘Sugar Rush’, with dreams of competing.
Ralph ends up in ‘Sugar Rush’ and the two make a very likeable duo. Ralph and Venelope’s friendship is a big part of the movie’s charm.
With its famous cameos and characters interacting without people present ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ reminded me of ‘Toy Story’ meets ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’.
Even with these comparisons, ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ is a wonderful film in its own right.
By Kelan Headley