September 14, 2012 by Devin
It seems to me that the more Pixar loses their quality, the other animation studios gain in quality. For evidence of that, look no further than Wreck-It Ralph, a movie you should be keeping your eye on. Disney, coming off the success of Tangled, is bringing together video game stars from across the generations to be in a movie about finding your identity.
I’ll admit it: the reason I was ever interested in this movie to begin with was the huge amount of video game cameos. These are not generic cameos for the most part. Sure, there’s no Call of Duty or Halo, but there is Sonic, Zangief, Bowser, Pac-Man, Q-Bert, etc. I know I’m going to have fun just watching out for all the little references. Plus, judging from the trailers, there is a pretty awesome (if slightly schizophrenic) soundtrack.
Besides those facts, though, there seems to be a solid foundation for a movie about finding identity. In many ways, the central conflict in this movie, balancing personal desire for self-fulfillment against the responsibility one has to serve a societal role, parallels Brave nicely (which was a movie that paralleled with Tangled in different ways). Whether or not they actually succeed in making the movie as engaging as it is unique, I’m not sure, but this is a movie I will definitely be watching out for.
Wreck-It Ralph opens in theaters on November 2nd, 2012.