Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Pittsfield Youth
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Bonus feature: Paperman : theatrical short.
John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Ed O'Neill, Jack McBrayer.
For decades, Ralph has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. As he explores exciting new worlds, he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz. Then, when an evil army threatens their world, Ralph realizes he holds the fate of the entire arcade in his massive hands.
DVD, widescreen (2.39:1) presentation; 5.1 Dolby digital (English), 5.1 Dolby digital (French, Spanish), described video.
This isn't my favorite Pixar film, but I did enjoy it. There were some cute moments and nods to classic video games. I liked the way it started out in a classic video arcade because that brought up a lot of childhood nostalgia. The only thing I didn't like was Sarah Silverman. She had a good voice for the role, and her usual immature, gross humor I guess found its niche in a children's story, but I can't stand her in general, so she grated on my nerves. Other than that, the visuals were fun, and the storyline had some cute lessons.
If you like video games and you like satire, you'll like this movie. I loved the video game in-jokes, like the Pac-Man ghost turning white when he was scared, or the graffiti in Game Central Station that says "All your base are belong to us." I also really loved the Mario Kart inspired world that is Sugar Rush. It's like Candyland, but for older kids. Some of the emotional scenes were a little saccharine (pun-intended) for my tastes, but overall it was a good movie for adults and kids alike. Although what was with King Candy at the end? I think I'm gonna have nightmares about him for a while.