Movie Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Released 20121102.
Watched 20121103 Theater. Rotunda Cinemas 9:20PM [Wreck-It Ralph 3D] $10.00
Watched 20130102 Theater. Regency Charter Centre [WRECK IT RA] 2:15pm 3D $5.00
Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Rich Moore. 101 min


Relevant Links:
Wreck-It Ralph (IMDb.com)
Fix-It Felix Jr. (Disney Games Website)

20121103:
[20121114]
The first thing that I have to say is that the movie ended up being much deeper than the trailer made me think it would be. Of course, that is most definitely what I want in a trailer. I don't want a trailer to give me a summary of the movie. A lot of action films will do this, for example. They'll show various sequences, including the big explosion at the end. You'll still go and watch the movie, because you want to see it unfold, but the trailer might help sort out the big surprises before they happen. Getting back to Wreck-It Ralph, the trailer was just an introduction, and I like that.

In terms of the movie itself, I'd say the reveal took me by surprise. I did not figure out the ending until it happened. Something along the lines of Sherlock Holmes. All the clues and details are laid out in front of you. But it only all comes together at the end, when its spelled out for you. Great story-telling.

On a somewhat related note, the movie had me feeling an emotional range in the vicinity of Toy Story 3. It efficiently establishes the characters and the relationships between characters. As a result, the viewer begins to empathize with the characters much more.

Not too great with words, that's the best way I can praise the movie without giving away any details. If you like Toy Story, you must see the movie. If you like animation, I highly recommend the movie. And finally, if you like movies, then I recommend the movie. Good job, Disney!

Trailers (3D):
Escape from Planet Earth (2013)
Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013)
Monsters Inc 3D (2012)
Rise of the Guardians (2012)


20130102:
Today I watched the movie again (also in 3D again) at the cheap theater. $5. We were late, but luckily the theater delayed the start of the movie, perhaps due to the unexpected number of parents and children lining up, either for Wreck-It Ralph or Hotel Transylvania (2012). The credits ended around 2:40PM PT. My experience from the movie was definitely different, since I knew how it ended and I would spend part of the viewing watching for signs of foreshadowing.

There were definitely jokes I heard that I didn't remember hearing before.

One of the funniest scenes follows when Fix-It Felix Jr. says, "You're one Dynamite Gal!"

Two shorter pieces of funny dialogue are:
1)
King Candy: [puts on glasses] You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses would you?
[Ralph smacks the King with the glasses]
King Candy: You hit a guy, with glasses. Well played.

2)
Wynchel: Are you hurt sir?
King Candy: No, he just glazed me. Hoo-hoo.

Speaking of which, the donuts are named Duncan and Wynchel, a play on Dunkin Donuts and Winchell's Donuts. Random fact: we later bought donuts from Winchell's.

It might be the musical score, or perhaps the great voice acting that, despite knowing how the story goes, I still got swept up by the range of emotion. SPOILERS. From Vanellope's car being built to her car being smashed. Then from their reunion to his plummeting skydive towards the Mentos. In fact, I was more drawn in emotionally this time when Ralph starts reciting the Bad-Anon affirmation. Frankly, I don't remember that moment much from the first viewing of the movie. Wreck-It Ralph: I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be then me. END SPOILERS.

I don't remember about last time, but this time I saw the movie and the audience had a bunch of children in it. However, there was not too much laughter. It's possible that the theater wasn't packed, but I also found the jokes were often puns and not easily understood by children. Children tend to laugh at the more slapstick comedy jokes than verbal humor. The movie also reaches into more serious situations. That leads me to realize that most Disney animated movies are not comedies. In contrast, the trailer for Wreck-It Ralph had given me the impression this movie was more lighthearted. Ultimately, it's a great family movie.

I should also note that I forgot to talk about Paperman in my previous entry. Paperman is the short accompanying Wreck-It Ralph (2012). Its a romantic short and something I noticed more this time is how the music drives the story and characters. I love the music and I love the short. Perhaps I'm in a very romantic mood.

As a final remark, this time I got to watch the full credits, up until the end when the movie goes to a kill screen which resembles the Pac-Man kill screen.

Note: I believe this would be the first or second film I've paid for twice in theaters. I might have paid for the fourth Harry Potter film twice in theaters. I definitely watched it two or three times. This statistic does not including re-releases. In that situation, I've paid for at least one of the Lord of the Rings movies more than once.

Trailers (3D):
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
: Banana
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
: This trailer didn't have Jack Frost.
The Smurfs 2 (2013)
: Teaser
To the Artic 3D (2012)


Fix-It Felix Jr.:
I added a link to Fix-It Felix Jr. above, a flash game by Disney, which plays out much the same way as the video game plays out in the movie. You're Fix-It Felix Jr. and you walk from spot to spot trying to fix all the broken windows (with the space bar). Getting a pie grants a short invincibility and fixing double broken windows in one swipe. Hitting certain score values grants an extra life.

In the style of other old games, such as Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., and Pac-Man, one repeats the same level over and over, only with increasing difficulty.
- Rate of brick fall increases
- Chance of brick breaking window increases
- Number of birds increases
- Rate of bird flight increases
- Number of fixed obstacles increases

Tips:
Birds stay on a fixed height.
Its easy to miss fixed obstacles.
The game isn't timed.
Birds disappear the moment you fix the last object in a stage.
Don't move too quickly into a bird's path. Chances are it won't have passed yet.
You only get 500 points per swipe. So with invincibility, you might be fixing two windows at once, but you get 500, not 1000 points.
Invincibility is to bricks and birds.

Playthrough 1: 00188500 [beginning of level 4]
Playthrough 2: 00249500 [middle of level 4]

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