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Wow.

Yes, that is how I’m beginning my review.

I know movie-going audiences, and critics everywhere like to rave about how much heart the average Pixar movie has. But I was totally blown away by the amount of heart shown by the characters in Wreck-It Ralph (which is a Disney movie, by the way). This movie is an experience. This is the type of motion picture–and it really doesn’t matter that it is animated–that is required to get people to leave their homes, buy expensive movie tickets and watch this film on the biggest screen possible.

To appreciate the beauty of each frame, to marvel at the amount these characters made of code make us feel, and to believe that there are still stories untold that can present something new in this seen-it-all, done-it-all world.

Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is the villain of a (fictional) 8-bit arcade game called Fix-it Felix Jr., who gets tired of being the bad guy. He is upset at having to live in a dump a short distance from the snazzy building where the hero and his friends live. He is hurt when the characters do not invite him to the game’s 30th anniversary party celebrations. He is lonely.

Because, y’see, the characters from all the games have a life of their own after the arcade shuts down, and all the kids have gone home. In fact all the characters can travel out of their games and into other games (if they so desired). Only problem is, if a character dies outside his or her own game, that character can never regenerate.

it’s details like that, and many, many more, that make Wreck-It Ralph a thoroughly enjoyable ride.

This is top notch stuff, right from the animation, to the worlds of games like Call of Duty and Sugar Rush, to the storytelling. The voice acting really does a great job of selling characters like cute little Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), tough-talking Calhoun (Jane Lynch) and kooky King Candy (Alan Tudyk). I really cannot think of a single thing that I did not like about this movie.

Director Rich Moore and his team have made something really special.

Final Analysis: I cannot believe this perfect piece of storytelling lost out to Brave at the Oscars.

My Advice: If you haven’t seen it yet, rent it as soon as you can. If you have already seen it, revisit it.