I really don’t think Wreck it Ralph deserves such a large fandom. Not only that, they seem too obsessive and try to insert this mediocre movie into everything. It was good, but it’s something that is going to be forgotten very soon. It isn’t and it will never be a classic disney movie. It’s not something that deserves this overly crazy praise it’s been getting.
//to whoever sent in this confession, fuck the shit outta you
there is more to this movie than there have been in the last couple movies Disney’s put out and let me explain a thing to you about why this movie is going to be a classic
1.) It’s a beautiful, wonderful original idea that doesn’t rely too heavily on previous knowledge of the audience—many of other Disney movies, bless them, are based on well known fairy tales. This movie follows the same line of thought as Toy Story, UP, Meet the Robinsons, and many other 3D animated movies that were scratched out in stone as their own original plotlines. In a world that is turning more and more toward remaking old movies as a form of entertainment instead of relying on imagination to give us new material to enjoy and love, movies like Wreck-It Ralph have become a rarity and a distinction to their genre.
2.) It’s a movie that teaches us something integral about ourselves, and yeah, this is probably going to sound cheesy, but guess what, that’s what these kids’ movies aim to do. In a world where society insists on judging people based on their appearances, where little girls are told they have to wear pink and eat healthy to stay thin and beautiful so someone will love them, where little boys are told they can’t cry because it makes them sissies, you’re going to tell me a movie that basically shows us that people are not always who they seem to be is not going to become a classic? Yeah, this is a concept that has been done before, I’m sure, in part by Beauty and the Beast (but which is also an old Grimm’s Tale), but look at how this movie took the concept and turned it into an entire plot of someone who no longer feels comfortable in the role he;s been programmed for. In this movie we find not only the courage to take risks and try new things, but also the strength to accept that which cannot be changed and the optimism to approach the problem from a different angle.
3.) The characters were lively, colorful, and dynamic, from Ralph, to Felix, to Vanellope, to King Candy, to Calhoun. The most obvious character change is Ralph, who eventually realizes that while he may be a bad guy, he is not a bad *guy*. Here we have someone who is not simply a victim, but a guy who’s honestly a bit of a grouch, nonconforming, testy, passionate, but who desperately wants to be recognized for all the hard work he does. Throughout the course of the movie he comes to realize that he doesn’t need to prove through great deeds that he’s actually not all that bad, but it’s the strength of his character and the goodness in his code/heart/what have you that make him a hero in Vanellope’s eyes.
Even Felix, who passes through the movie as a seemingly goody-two-shoes whom I’ve seen some people mistakenly refer to as a Gary-Stu, even he goes through changes. You can see it in the way he first refers to Ralph as his colleague, then as his ‘friend’, and eventually, by the end of the movie, ‘brother’. It’s the simple, heartfelt scenes like that which show that even the best of people, who are most popular and well-loved, that even they aren’t perfect and may need to change their perspective every now and then.
Calhoun is wonderful because she’s a very tough female character, but she doesn’t let that rough exterior define her every waking action. When Felix tells her to hit him, she refuses on grounds that he’s a nice guy; just because she is a strong female character, she doesn’t allow violence to dictate her way of life. At the end, her marriage with Felix is honestly one of the sweetest side atories about this movie, as it also goes to show that it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are, someone will still love you in the end.
King Candy was my personal favorite because he’s a prime example of how not to judge people by what they look like: he is, of course, the worst case scenario. Some people are just out to get you; they can wrap themselves up all nice and present themselves as a friend. They can claim to have nothing but good intentions for you and say they’re doing this for your own good, and they’ll try to tell you that you should be grateful they care so much, but don’t let these people fool you.
Finally Vanellope. Who doesn’t love a brat with dirty hair? She comes across as bratty and inconsiderate. I definitely hated her in her first scene, but like a lot of other people, her story struck me right in the heart and by the end I was just rooting for her to win. Here’s a little girl who isn’t afraid of Big Bad Ralph, who sees in him more than he sees in himself, and who KNOWS that he doesn’t need a big shiny medal to prove he’s a hero, because in her eyes he’s already one of those. She’s also another great female character who doesn’t conform to the preset standards she was programmed to. She blazes her own trail and sets her own standards, and doesn’t let anything, even coding, tell her how she’s supposed to act.
4.) The design for this whole movie was simply beautiful. If you’re able to get into the extras section of the DVD or Blu-Ray, I suggest doing so. The animation sequences where the worlds are explained is fascinating, and so are the scenes of the evolution of the character and landscape designs. There was seriously so much love and thought put into this movie, you simply can’t sit and say it’s mediocre without knowing HOW MUCH TIME AND THOUGHT WAS SERIOUSLY PUT INTO EVERY LITTLE FUCKING DETAIL.
5.) Basically, if you thought this movie was anything less than spectacular, and deserving of its Nicktoon Award, deserving of its VERY loving fandom, then you’re wrong and I don’t have time for someone whose imagination refuses to have fun with such an amazing movie.