Once upon a time, you were in school. You can easily remember the groups of kids, the cool kids, the kids in sports, the kids who were sitting in the front row of every class that didn’t have alphabetical seating. Chances are pretty good that you also played one or two video games, whether in an arcade or at someone’s house at some point in your childhood. Combine those two main themes and you now have the basis for Wreck-it-Ralph, Disney’s latest animated feature.
The video game, Fix-it-Felix Jr. has its virtual world rocked when their nemesis, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) leaves the game to search for a medal of his own so that the residents of Niceland will love him just as much as they love their hero, Fix-it-Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer) In order to win the medal, Ralph must jump to another game where anyone can win a medal.
His first attempt to win a medal in the game Hero’s Duty under the command of Sgt. Calhoun (Jane Lynch), ends somewhat disastrously and causes him to flee the game. Crash landing in Sugar Rush, Ralph makes an unlikely friend in Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). The little girl wants nothing more than to race in her game’s big race but, King Candy wants to stop her and will do anything to make sure she does not ruin the race.
Ralph and Vanellope team up and work together despite being considered outcasts, even by each other at first, to prove that judging people based on how they look is not the way to live life.
Disney, once again, hid a very valuable message for kids in this fun adventure through the video games of Mom and Dad’s childhood. The Husband got quite a kick out of seeing all the old video game characters and references. I got most of them but, I will admit there were quite a few that I missed. All of those references went over the Daughter’s head but the main point of the movie did not.
People just want to be appreciated and sometimes it’s the smallest action or a simple thank you that will help that person realize they are not invisible. It was a lesson in doing acts of kindness and appreciation despite whatever preconceived notions we may hold. Get to know a person or just show them some kindness and that simple action can have a very lasting effect.
So during the next few months, when stress levels reach critical mass, take a minute and do something kind for someone. They may be feeling invisible and you just might be able to make them feel a little better.
And go see Wreck-it-Ralph. But, word to the wise, buy some candy, not popcorn. Forgo the popcorn because after watching all the candy and sweets in Sugar Rush, you leave with the oddest craving for some Twizzlers, Mentos, chocolate in any form, Laffy Taffy, cookies, Little Debbie snacks of any variety, and hot chocolate.