Comments for Review: ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ rules with retro video game fun while ‘Paperman’ shows sensibility with clever animation style

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  1. Wild Ol' Dan

    Howdy Ricky,

    Well, I saw the film this morning…and frankly I loved it…and I am way, way past video game age if I ever was that young. The strength of this movie is found in character development…in story…in heart.

    When little miss Vanelope echos Ralph’s words about her and says “I’m a winner! I’m adorable!” she had me hook, line, and sinker! The personalities in this film are the things that make it not just good but
    great. It’s gonna be huge at the box office…and, just like I was first in line to see it this morning, I plan to be first in line the very day it comes out on Blu-ray and DVD!

    Some films fill your heart with joy…this, for me, was one of those films. Truly a film worthy of the name Walt Disney! A triumph with unexpected surprises, plenty of action, and, as I said before, heart.

    With you, I would urge everyone to go see this fun day at the races…and whether you are a video game fan or not…you’re gonna love it.

    Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

    Wild Ol’ Dan

  2. Buckly

    Saw “Ralph” tonight. I enjoyed it, but like you said on the podcast, it would have been nice to see more of the other video game worlds. I think too much time was spent in Sugar Rush and I got a bit tired of it after a while. Plus, I found myself a bit annoyed by Vanelope and I never really got invested in her character. There was certainly a lot to like, but not enough to love for my tastes.

  3. Wild Ol' Dan

    Howdy Pards,

    The amazing thing about PAPERMAN is that it proves that absolutely no words need to be spoken in order to tell a wonderful story. Now, obviously this will mean that the film can be shown in any country in the world without changing a thing.

    There is real magic in this…a study in the fine art of storytelling.
    It’s a brilliant little film…worthy of recognition…and worthy of being an extra on the Blu-Ray disc when Wreck It Ralph is released on home video.

    Meanwhile, Buckly, I believe the box office is going to prove that most of the world truly enjoyed spending all that time with little Vanellope Von Schweetz in Sugar Rush. Her character was original and fun…and, like Ralph, I found her to be a winner and downright adorable.

    Was she too sweet? Absolutely not! She had a dream and she was determined to make that dream come true…in spite of being mistreated, outcast, and “a Glitch in the program.” It was through her that we learned that Ralph was indeed a “Hero” with a heart of gold. Not just a bad guy who did his job and went home to the dump at the end of the day.

    Vanellope’s personality was one of the absolute highlights of the film! And I kinda liked the candy cane trees…chocolate ponds…and gumdrop mountains…

    Ralph took a lotta bumps in this movie…but, in the end, his little adventure was more than worth it. “He knew he didn’t need a medal to be
    a good guy. “Because, if that little kid likes me, how bad can I be?”

    At this writing, according to Rotten Tomatoes, 90% of the audience liked this film…and 84% of the critics. I think Walt Disney Animation…the story tellers…the animators…everyone on the creative team knew what they were doing. This is a film destined for box office gold…it has already won the hearts of 90% of the people who have seen it…including this grizzled old feller.

    Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

    Wild Ol’ Dan

    Wild Ol’ Dan

    1. Buckly

      I am entitled to my own opinion of the character and no amount Rotten Tomatoes scores is going to convince me I am wrong. And don’t try to cite box office as an accurate gauge of how much people enjoyed the movie. It instead tells us how much people want to see it. Try telling Ricky that Frankenweenie is bad because it did poor business.

      1. Wild Ol' Dan

        Howdy Buckly,

        Well, yes, I reckon you are entitled to your opinion.

        I think you might wanna wander over to Rotten Tomatoes and take another look, though. 84% of critics liked it and 93% of the audience who saw the film rated it Fresh…which,
        means they liked it. And…yes…it did break some Box Office records this weekend…

        But, like you say, you are entitled to your own opinion in the matter…regardless of any evidence to the contrary. And, by the way, turns out I enjoyed Frankenweenie too…but, that’s just my opinion…and yours…and Ricky’s…and a whole bunch of other people who saw it…

        Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

        Wild Ol’ Dan

        1. Buckly

          Dan, you are missing the entire point. There is no “evidence to the contrary” of a person’s opinion. Other people’s opinions don’t change mine (or yours). If I don’t like something, what do I care if 84% of the critics did or 93% of the audience did as well?

          And by the way, the Audience stat means nothing. People who are predetermined to like something are going to go see it as soon as they can and chances are the vast majority of those people are going to like it. Example: Twilight New Moon. 28% from critics but 78% from fans. That means 3 out of 4 critics didn’t like it but 3 out of 4 members of the audience did. Since you like to link opinion to Rotten Tomatoes stats, should a person like the movie because most of the audience did or dislike because most of the critics did?

          And then you go ahead and throw out more box office chatter like that has anything to do with quality. Example: Transformers 3 is the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide. So by your logic it must be a REALLY great movie? (Spoiler alert: it isn’t.)

          As I said originally, I actually really liked Wreck It Ralph. I’d give it a solid B, maybe a B+. I just don’t like to be told the aspects of it I didn’t like are not valid because of a silly Rotten Tomatoes score or because of how much money it made.

  4. Emily

    I’m glad this movie keeps getting such good reviews! I’m definitely planning to see it. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to go see movies in the theater these days, as my job at DISH keeps me pretty busy. I’m planning to add it to my Blockbuster @ Home queue instead. When it comes out on DVD, it’ll show up in my mailbox and my gamer boyfriend and I can have a movie night. Should be fun! I’m assuming the short you mentioned will be on the DVD, too. It sounds great.

  5. Jeff Lynch

    I thought this movie was excellent. I didn’t expect it to be such a good story. I really liked solving the mystery as I watched it.

    It reminded me of Roger Rabbit but with video games instead of rabbits.

  6. Great movie! Saw it tonight with my 16yo son and 17yo daughter. It was enjoyable for all three of us, but on different levels. My son caught some things I didn’t, as well as my daughter, which made it fun to talk and compare after it was over. There were references I knew that they didn’t, and vise-a-versa. I give it an A for originality, a good story and fun characters, plus the cameos of old games’ characters was neat too.

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