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04 November 2012 @ 02:02 pm
Wreck It Ralph  
Went to see Wreck It Ralph with thumbie and shamiksan yesterday. I was expecting to to be pretty good given the subject matter, and it was better than that :)

I don't know how well it will work for those with absolutely no familiarity with video games, but a lot of the jokes are pretty accessible if you're familiar with things like Pac-Man, Street Fighter and Mario Kart. And when the plot progresses to the "Sugar Rush" game there's a fair bit of confectionary based humor as well.

It's notable that amongst all the cross-licensing deals Disney worked out, Nintendo characters were not included, at least as speaking parts. Bowser, Peach, and Daisy get non-speaking rolls (though only Bowser is featured prominently) and Mario gets a shout-out, so i guess they worked out a partial deal or something? In some ways that's kind of good, if they'd started tossing Mario and Link and Samus and co around they might have overpowered the other classic characters a bit.

Some non-spoilery highlights:

There's a sweet and awesome short at the beginning, presumably due to the influence of Pixar.

The credits are awesome, and feature a new Owl City song and a song by some J-pop band called "AKB48" which i guess is a big deal in Japan right now.

There is a cute post-credits bit, though it's only a couple seconds long.

And although i didn't realize it at the time, Alan Tudyk is the voice of King Candy.

So anyways, anyone who knows anything at all about video games should definitely go see it, and possibly the rest of you should too.

And if you don't think it's a spoiler, here's the video for the Owl City song from the credits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM1YMeDsc-M

(The video does contain some clips from the movie, but don't really show anything that hasn't been in the trailers i don't think.)
Kirin: FireBomberkirinn on November 5th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Heh, yeah, AKB48 is basically *the* manufactured jpop mega-girl-band of the last decade or so. Or bunch of bands. They're kind of like the mouseketeers, really.

Anyway yes I need to get out and see Wreck-It Ralph sometime...
Melissa B: Puppy Benji Maltesethumbie on November 6th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
And seriously guys, while I played the Mario games from SMW to SM64, I am not a huge gamer, but I still LOVED this movie!! If someone hated/never had played video games, that would be one thing, but it doesn't require an esoteric knowledge of WoW (beyond the South Park episode, which is the extent of my knowledge of any video game in the past ten years) or anything like that.