Trailer Tuesday: Wreck-It Ralph
When it comes to the second half of the year there's an usually high percentage of animated movies on my 2012 Must Watch list - including ParaNorman, Rise of the Guardians, Hotel Transylvania and Frankenweenie. Freshly joining this list as well is Wreck-It Ralph, Disney's big non-Pixar release for the holidays.
The first trailer for Wreck-It Ralph was unveiled just last week and it outlines the film's plot nicely: The title character (John C. Reilly) is a burly arcade game villain who, after 30 years, is tired of being a much maligned platformer bad guy. Looking for some appreciation, and a chance to prove himself a hero, Wreck-It Ralph sets off on an odyssey through video gamedom. Along the way he encounters Jane Lynch's tough Gears of War-style sergeant, Sarah Silverman's insufferably cute heroine and a ton of characters from famous games like Super Mario Brothers, Street Fighter and Pac-Man - all of which Disney have licensed for use.
I don't see what's not to find appealing about this movie. Kids (and the young at heart), animation and video games go together like crepe pancakes, cinnamon and syrup. Although evidently played largely for laughs, Wreck-It Ralph may actually be that rarest of things: a good "video game movie." And I'm certainly looking forward to playing Spot the Cameo while watching it.
Wreck-It Ralph releases in 3D (pretty standard for animated flicks these days!) in North America on 2 November. The film's South African release date is still unknown, but I'd expect it on local screens in early December to coincide with the start of the school holidays.