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Disney wrecked it with "Wreck-It Ralph"

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By Becca Owsley

“Wreck-It Ralph”
Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence
Runtime: 108 minutes
Release date: Nov. 2
Rating: Not up to Disney quality

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Sometimes films get a lot of acclaim and it makes me scratch my head. “Wreck-It Ralph” is one of those films.

It just isn’t worth the hype.

Wreck-It Ralph is a bad guy in the Fix-It Felix Jr. video game. But he’s tired of being a bad guy and sets out on a quest to win a medal and be accepted by the rest of the characters in his game.

The characters travel in and out of games through the game’s electrical cords through a transportation hub in the surge protector.

Everything goes awry when kids come into the arcade to play the game and “Wreck-It Ralph” is not there. The game is in danger of being unplugged, making the characters homeless.

The result is chaos and confusion throughout the arcade.

The concept is a very creative idea and anyone who played old-school arcade games in the 1980s will get a kick out of how they integrate the games.

But with a creative set up, the rest of the film plays out like the filmmakers didn’t know what to do with the story after they created it.

The result was a massive fight between someone wanting to take over the video games and cyber viruses that could destroy all the games.

In the end, Ralph repeats a mantra of “I’m bad and that’s good.” While the theme of not being afraid to be who you are is a good one, the way it’s presented has some problems.

But it also didn’t seem to hold a child’s attention. Kids in the showing I went to lost interest before the halfway point.

There is a lot of name calling and some rude bathroom humor in the dialogue.

Putting a movie on the screens with the Disney name on it isn’t enough anymore. The past few Disney films I’ve seen have had creative premises but were not completely developed by the end. The idea generation is spectacular but the follow through is lacking.

Sometimes we also need to remember kid’s can fall victim to marketing when choosing what film to see or like. If it has a toy line that goes with it and the TV says it is good, they will like it. If you don’t believe that, and are from the 1980s, try watching a He-Man cartoon today and tell me it was quality entertainment or if we liked it because there was a toy line that went with it.

The film features the voices of John C. Reilly (“Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”), Sarah Silverman (“The Sarah Silverman Program”), Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Alan Tudyk (“Suburgatory”), Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) and Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”).

I expected more from a Disney cartoon released near the holiday film season. I know I’m probably in the critical minority but “Wreck-It Ralph” didn’t work for me.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com For movie reviews visit her reporter page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Becca-Owsley/96924584861.