Frozen (2013)

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In November of 2013, I don’t think the world realized just how much of a cultural phenomenon Frozen would become. Yes, Disney was getting better, and the so-called “Revival” was in full swing. But I don’t think anyone really imagined that we’d get another movie that would impact our culture in the way that The Lion King did nearly twenty years before.

More than a year later, this movie is still EVERYWHERE. People are getting sick of “let it go.” little girls cling to their Elsa and Anna dolls for security, and there was a record number of “Elsas” at Halloween. It’s crazy!

Or is it?

The Lion King was a phenomenon, and it deserved to be. It had amazing music, characters anyone could relate to, a good story, and a culture of its own. I guess my question is: Does Frozen DESERVE to be ranked up as high as the Disney greats, like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King? Why is it such a phenomenon? Why does EVERYONE seem to like this movie? Should it be as high praised as it is?

My short answer is, well…. yes and no. Let’s see if I can explain.

First of all, everyone needs to know where I’m coming from when I review this movie. I understand now that some people have a real hatred toward this movie strictly because it IS such a phenomenon. Personally I think that sort of hatred is ungrounded. Hating something simply because everyone loves it is, well… it’s sort of stupid. I’m not saying that some of these people don’t have legit reasons to hate it. I CAN see this movie as being one that can be hated. But personally? I don’t want to sound dramatic, but this movie and its songs probably saved my life.

The winter of 2013 was REALLY bad in Chicago. We had record snowfall, it was cloudy every day, and it was incredibly cold. My sister and I went to see Frozen the weekend it came out, so we saw it before it got “big.” And I will be honest: I didn’t know quite what to think upon exiting the theater. But as I thought about it day after day, I decided I liked it. Then winter hit, and I discovered I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder something fierce (I have since discovered it’s probably due to the cloudiness…). I sank into this strange depression/anxiety mood that made me blow every little thing out of proportion and made me think nothing could get better. Music has always been my go-to to try and pull me out of my funk, and you can bet I listened to “Let it Go” over and over again. Because I needed to.

So yeah. This movie is incredibly personal for me, but I will try to not let it interfere too much, because now, more than a year later, I have seen it probably a dozen times (at least 3 of those thanks to my niece) and I can see its flaws and what makes it so incredible. So let’s attempt to answer my questions.

I’m actually not going to explain the plot, because 1) it’s one of the main qualms of the movie, 2) Everyone and their mother has seen this movie, and 3) it’s so far off of its source material I don’t even want to delve into that. I could write an entire blog entry on how Frozen and The Snow Queen differ/why they changed it, etc. But I’m not going to.

There were a lot of things that had to come together to make this movie as successful as it was. Here’s what I think it really boiled down to:

1) The world was ready for Disney to produce a GOOD musical again

2) This movie challenges the fairy tale tropes. It wasn’t what people expected, and that made it unique.

The bulk of this review is going to be dissecting #2 up there, but I do want to mention the first point. Disney has always been about a good music. For kids born anytime in the 80s or any era where Disney relied heavily on music to bring their stories to life, Disney movies without music just seems… weird to them. And yes, Princess and the Frog and Tangled had music, but not like this. Disney tapped into not just musical writers, but one of only a dozen people to have won all four major awards: a Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Oscar. I’m talking about Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. I mean geez, this is the guy who co-created Avenue Q AND Book of Mormon. Do I need to say more?

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These people are experienced, and because of that, this music isn’t only good, but it FITS. It fits the movie the way the music in The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast fits. There is a reason those two made such great broadway musicals, and why I’m not pissed this one is getting turned into one. This music fits more than any Disney movie since. It conveys emotion, moves the story along, and each song has a point (yes yes, we’ll get to fixer-upper in a second…). They’re built like broadway musical songs, which adds to the whole “musical” feel (especially the reprise of “For the first time in forever”)

I will, however, offer a few criticisms of this music. First, this movie is incredibly top-heavy when it comes to its music. in the first 25 minutes we’ve already had 4 of the 8 (and a half? I don’t know what to do with “Reindeers are better than people.”) songs. Even in the theater, I thought this was a little much. But again, don’t get me wrong. I love these songs. There’s a lot that needs to be moved quickly in the beginning to get to the real story, and songs is a good way to do it. It just seems a bit much.

Second criticism is that really, Jonathan Groff should have gotten a longer and better song. He has an amazing voice and obviously his character knows how to play the guitar(?) so we can assume it’s a pastime of his. It’s a small one, but I would have liked that.

Third criticism: I know everyone likes Olaf’s “In Summer,” but I have to admit it really took me a few times watching the movie to not think it was incredibly weird and out of place. Not even just the song, but the way they chose to animate it. It’s just incredibly random and it kinda bugs me. Ok, next.

Now for the part everyone is going to hate me for: I know I mentioned above how every song is needed and this INCLUDES Fixer Upper, the song that I know many people really really hate. They say its pointless. They say it’s stupid. They say that whole scene is worthless.

Olaf and Anna are shocked you would say such a thing!!

Olaf and Anna are shocked you would say such a thing!!

IN DEFENSE OF FIXER UPPER AND THE TROLLS: Kristoff said throughout the entire movie that he knew people who were love experts. I know in the movie they go to see if he can help her with the issue with her hair (and maybe even figure out how to change the winter) but really, what would make anyone think that when they went to visit they would do anything but give love advice? He literally spends the entire movie saying that’s what they do! It’s what they’re best at, so they go off on a tangent and sing a song.

But seriously, does anyone actually listen to the song? The song literally tells us how to fix everything. It tells Anna what Elsa needs to do to fix the winter, and what she needs to do to help her. They know deep down what the real deal is with this movie and give us the freaking message: Families aren’t perfect. They’re all different but that doesn’t matter. You love them no matter what and no matter what you want to help them, even if you’re embarrassed of them.

I'd be embarrassed too Kristoff, it's ok

I’d be embarrassed too Kristoff, it’s ok

This song is not pointless. It is well needed. I will defend this song until the day I die.

Ok, I’m going to end my music talk on the song that people love and loathe at the same time: That’s right, start singing along or plug your ears…

LET IT GOOOO!!!!

LET IT GOOOO!!!!

I’ve already said what this song means to me personally, but no matter if you love or hate this song (and most people hate this song because kids sing it over and over), you have to admit that it’s unbelievable. Not only is the animation during it incredible (It’s one of the only movies I’ve gotten chills during and gotten so into it I FORGOT I was in a movie), but the words are as well (“My soul is spiraling like frozen fractals all around” – seriously??). It’s a song that everyone can relate to. And Idina is awesome.

Also fun fact: “Let it go” and subsequently Frozen winning Best Animated Feature at the Oscars was the first time Disney Animation had won an Oscar in 14 years. Their last one was Phil Collins winning best original song for “You’ll be in my heart” for Tarzan in 1999… It was also the first movie SINCE Tarzan to start with a song.

Alright, let’s move away from songs and focus on my #2 point up there, because I really do think this is at the heart of why this movie did so well: This movie challenges the fairy tale tropes. It wasn’t what people expected, and that made it unique.

To really delve into this, we really have to look at the characters, and needless to say there will be *Spoilers* I can’t avoid them. Sorry.

So let’s start by defining some of our typical fairy tale characters and motifs. We have the Princess that needs saving, the knight in shining armor, the evil queen, True love at first sight, and true love’s kiss breaking a spell.

Well, Disney has already shown that they don’t necessarily follow the first two, but let’s see how they work in this movie. Namely the first one: The princess that needs saving. Disney has spent the last decade showing us that their female protagonists aren’t the same worthless princesses like in Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. They can actually do stuff, and a lot of times they are the incredibly brave ones and they don’t need saving. In fact half the time they’re the ones who save the guy.

Now in this movie this is a bit tricky, because technically we have two princesses, and you could argue that Elsa is the one that needs saving. She’s strong physically with her powers, but mentally she’s shrouded by her fear that is fueled by love. This in no way means that she’s not brave. In fact you could also argue that she’s incredibly brave, just in a different way than Anna. But she does, in a way, need to be “saved.”

Elsa thinks that being alone is the only way she can be who she really is, but it turns out to be the exact opposite. The Lopez’s have said that “Let it Go” and Elsa in general can stand for a person who has anxiety or depression. When you are suffering from those things, you need a support system. You need people who care about you to get through things and understand who you really are and understand how YOU can be strong. You have to be able to feel things to get through things. You can’t just turn it off.

Anna helps Elsa understand this because she is the one who saves her sister. She’s the unwavering one in her love, even if she and Elsa haven’t been close since they were little. She’s the one that really bends the trope. She’s brave and willing to do anything, but what’s refreshing is that the movie doesn’t make a big deal out of it. It’s just that this is how it is, and this is how she is. She never once thinks Elsa is a villain or a monster because she loves her, and she’s willing to do anything to save the people she loves.

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Onto the knight in Shining Armor (who I guess you could argue is really Anna in this movie after what we just talked about). We’re led to believe that Hans is this character. I mean think about it. He will do anything to protect Arrendale. At one point he even goes up the mountain to try and rescue Anna after thinking she’s in trouble. He even mentions not to harm the queen, and even talks her OUT of becoming a monster and keeps her grounded. But then the movie turns it on his head when we find out he’s the real villain. Suddenly the villain we thought we had (the Duke of Weasletown) was nothing but a sniveling baby and a red herring.

The only thing going for this guy is that apparently he's a fan of Arrested Development

The only thing going for this guy is that apparently he’s a fan of Arrested Development

Ok, onto True love at first sight. I really absolutely love how the movie did this one and the last one we’re going to talk about. This movie has this trope, or at least we’re led to believe it. Anna meets Hans, falls in love with him, and they’re engaged within the first 30 minutes of the movie. While this seems laughable, I only took it as that the first time I saw it. I didn’t think much of it because that’s what happens in fairy tales. Then Kristoff started questioning it, almost making fun of it, and I began to realize that, ok, maybe this movie is self aware. That’s cool. Then we learn that Hans was using her and her flaw (she’s extremely easy to love and believes everyone is good at heart) and everything got turned on its head. What’s interesting in what Frozen did with this trope is that we still have true love between Anna and Kristoff, which may not have happened at first sight, but still happens pretty quickly all things considered.

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Alright, now onto that last one, the idea that true loves kiss will save the day. After Anna realizes Hans is a jerk, it’s Olaf that makes her realize that he’s not the one who can help, Kristoff is. And while I really do believe that would have worked, this movie turns the trope on its head again and instead makes Anna sacrificing herself to save her sister as the act of true love that will thaw her frozen heart.

That's right. My love is so strong that my ice can shatter your sword. Ha!

That’s right. My love is so strong that my ice can shatter your sword. Ha!

And this is what everyone takes from this movie.

It may not be the first time that Disney has shown how important family is. It’s not the first time Disney has taught us about the love of sisters. But it’s the first time that Disney led us to think one thing then turned it on its head. And that’s why this movie is so incredible. Anna took a chance. She had every intention of running to Kristoff, but couldn’t let her sister suffer. That’s it. Love.

I don’t think any Disney movie has ever put Love as the centerpiece. Not like this. This movie isn’t about just the love between siblings or the love between families. It’s about Love. Period.

Elsa’s parents did what they did because they loved her. They thought they were trying their best.

Elsa ran away and hid herself to protect her sister from ever getting hurt by her again. Because she loved her.

Anna was willing to do anything – even sacrifice her own life – to save her sister.

Kristoff left Anna at the palace to kiss her prince because he loved her and knew that’s what she needed.

And of course, Olaf was willing to melt because he loves Anna.

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This movie IS special, even if it’s not perfect. It changed the way we thought of characters. It gave us some incredible songs. It gave us some incredible characters and scenes that still make me laugh every single time I watch it. I don’t really want to talk about any more in depth. I really think I’ve said everything I can say, with a few random notes that I couldn’t fit in anywhere above:

– Kristoff is seriously the best male lead Disney has ever done. Again he’s realistic like Flynn, questioning the ideals of Anna in regards to her wanting to marry a man she just met. I also like Kristoff because you get the idea of his backstory but it’s a mystery. You have to figure it out, and even then you can’t be sure – but there of course are reasons he acts the way he does. Was he abandoned? abused? we have no idea!

– Olaf is also a LOT better than I thought from the trailers. Josh Gad had the ability to make this character extremely annoying and didn’t. Apparently it was his dream to voice a Disney character and be remembered the way Robin Williams was remembered for the Genie. I’d say he succeeded.

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– The animation on this movie is incredible. Anna’s dress for the inauguration is amazing. The scene where she’s going up the stairs in the ice castle and you see her reflections is incredible!!

– I love the scene where Anna climbs the rock face. Kristoff is just like “this girl is crazy but she’s kinda awesome at the same time.” Kristoff and Anna are both a little “off.” You actually get why they’d be good together.

– This is another ending (or close to ending) where I was crying. I love that after Anna freezes and after Elsa stops the wind there is literally NO SOUND for a few minutes. No music, no sound effects – NOTHING. It’s very effective, it’s just Elsa’s voice. The theater was insanely quiet during it, even the kids, I was impressed.

So to answer my previous questions: Does Frozen DESERVE to be ranked up as high as the Disney greats, like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King? Why is it such a phenomenon? Why does EVERYONE seem to like this movie? Should it be as high praised as it is?

I think it does deserve to be with the greats of the Renaissance. It’s a good movie, but that being said it has flaws and I don’t know if it should be as highly praised as it was. I don’t know if it should be the cultural phenomenon is it (especially more than a year later). I think Disney just hit the perfect storm on that one. But it is a good movie. Even if you’re sick of hearing “let it go.”

I give Frozen (2013) a 4.2 out of 5. I gotta knock points off for the unbalanced-ness of the songs and the plot which can be a little weird.

Up Next: Big Hero 6 (2014)

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

"I am bad, and that's good. I will never be good, but that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me."

“I am bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, but that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.”

OMG I am incredibly sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I have excuses (good ones in fact), but it shouldn’t matter. I know I have people who love to read my blog, and I really do appreciate you. Just understand that I won’t be posting as much for the next, well, I dunno when. long story short: I both started a new job, and I’m in the middle of my first pregnancy. Any moment I get to rest I just find myself sleeping.

BUT!!!!

This post isn’t about me, it’s about Ralph. Wreck-it Ralph to be exact. The protagonist (or is he the antagonist?) of Disney’s first successful attempt to market to not only little boys, but teenage boys as well. After a bunch of failed attempts (Black Cauldron, Atlantis, Treasure Planet…) they FINALLY succeeded. So here’s the question. Why did this movie succeed when the others have failed?

The others all had their issues. One tried to cram too much into one story, one was boring and didn’t give us good characters, and the other was good, but no one gave it a chance because it was a normal story told in a strange way. Now I am in no way saying that Wreck-it Ralph is perfect. It has its issues too, but it doesn’t suffer from any of the issues the others had to suffer from. What else worked for it? Disney didn’t try too hard to market this to boys. They just… marketed it. They didn’t try to make it “cool” by adding songs from a well known teen-angst artist. They didn’t produce trailers that showed you only the “cool” or “dangerous” parts. Instead, they just, for once, took a topic that boys and teens actually care about and made a movie about it.

That’s right: Video games. And it worked. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: Lassiter is a genius. My husband saw this trailer and immediately wanted to see it. Meanwhile, I was like “yeah, ok.” Go figure. A topic boys care about will actually make them want to see it. Disney finally cracked the code!

So I wasn’t too excited to see it, but did because after Tangled I promised myself I would never miss another in the theater again unless there was an extremely legit reason. And I was really blown away. This movie that I thought was going to be “eh…” and “just ok” had heart. It had characters that made you love them. It had a twist. It had subtle jokes and nostalgia up the wazoo. It acted as both an homage and a parody of video games.

So what’s it about?

Well, the story takes place inside an arcade, where when the people go home, the video game characters come to life. They can travel between games by the power cords, which meet at Game Central Station (aka a power strip). We meet our protagonist, Ralph, as he explains he’s been the bad guy in the game “Fix-it Felix Jr.” since the game was plugged in. He’s at the equivalent of an AA meeting for villains, where they reassure each other that they’re not bad, they just have to be for the game. Ralph leaves and returns to his game, where he finds the rest of the characters in the game are celebrating their anniversary and didn’t invite him. This makes him angry, so he barges in, accidentally wrecks some stuff, and gets in an argument with one of the other characters that tells him if he brings home a medal, they’ll believe he can be something other than bad. Everyone knows bad guys don’t win medals.

So Ralph is off to earn a medal and prove to everyone he’s not a bad guy. This leads him to a game called Hero’s Duty, where he poses as a soldier in a shooter game where the characters have to stop robotic bugs from killing them. After abandoning everyone, he manages to get to the top of the tower and get the medal for the game, but at the same time sets off one of the bug eggs, catapulting him and one of the bugs into a escape pod that jettisons from Hero’s Duty into another game called Sugar Rush, which is essentially like Mario Kart. Here he watches the Bug drown and thinks everything is good.

However he loses his medal, and upon climbing a tree to get it, runs into a kid named Vanellope who mistakens the medal for a gold coin. She swipes it before he can reach it, and soon we find out that she needs it to enter the race to determine who will be the avatars for the next day. It also comes out that she’s a glitch – a character that wasn’t even supposed to exist in the game.

Upset at her, Ralph sets out to seek revenge but finds out that Vanellope is treated just as he is in his game. The two make a deal that if he helps her win the race, she’ll get him his medal back. They make cars, practice driving, etc.

Meanwhile, Felix learns about Ralph’s “Game jumping” and tracks him to Hero’s Duty, where Sargent Calhoun is keen to go after him as well after learning one of the bugs managed to get out of the game. They get to Sugar Rush, where we learn that the bug didn’t really die but instead is laying eggs underneath the game.

Back with Ralph and Vanellope, we learn that King Candy, despite banning Vanellope from racing, is attempting to do her a favor. He tells Ralph that if she becomes a racer, the players will notice her glitching and think the game is messed up. If that happens and they get unplugged, she will essentially die because glitches can’t leave their games. This causes Ralph to have a change of heart and he actually destroys her racer, telling her its for her own good.

I really don’t want to give away a lot more of this movie. Let’s just say there’s a mystery surrounding all of Sugar Rush. It all comes to a head at the race, where Vanellope and Ralph have made up and she’s racing, and the bugs from the other game begin their swarming attack on the game with seemingly nothing to stop it.

But don’t worry though. It’s a Disney movie. We can’t have a bad ending.

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This movie could have been a pixar movie. It’s unique, funny, and heartwarming at the same time. In fact, I was incredibly surprised by exactly how heartwarming this story is and the relationships our characters get with each other. It was something I wasn’t expecting, and I think that’s why I like this movie as much as I do.

First off, I really think the voice casting was spot on for this movie. They got well known and popular comedians, which can sometimes backfire, for the main four characters, and some maybe lesser known ones (but just as funny) for our other characters.

John C. Reilly is Ralph, our protagonist and a character I strangely find I can relate to well. A big tough-looking guy, he just wants to be seen for what he is on the inside, not as just a label, or the “villain” of his video game, which everyone treats him like in real life. It frustrates him, which is essentially why the entire movies takes place. But here’s the thing: I think we’ve ALL felt like people aren’t seeing us for who we really are, but judging us either on appearances, or maybe first impressions. We can all relate to Ralph because we’ve all felt left out. We’ve all been in a situation where we’d give anything to have people like us.

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Helping Ralph along the way is Vanellope, voiced by Sarah Silverman (in the only thing I can stand her in!). She’s sort of in the same boat as Ralph, being a glitch and all, and no one likes her. She has her own motivations, and just like Ralph wants nothing more than to fit into her game. Now I know what everyone will say – Vanellope is ANNOYING. And yes, she is – in the beginning. She’s a KID! she’s potty-mouthed and full of herself. And I’m going to use the same argument I did with Koda in Brother Bear. She’s supposed to be annoying because she’s a kid. realistic children are not all sunshine and rainbows and perfect. 8 and 9 year olds are annoying as hell! BUT that being said, with Vanellope it really is a bit of a front. She has this want so bad to fit into her game that it’s made her have to act strong when in fact inside she isn’t. She and Ralph are cut from the same mold, and that’s why they get along so well.

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Together they forge an unlikely friendship on the agreement that if Ralph helps Vanellope win the race and become a racer, she’ll give him the medal back he won and both can return home a hero and feel accepted by their games. Through their working together, Vanellope manages to make him understand that he’s not all bad, and he makes her feel like she’s more than a glitch – that she actually might belong in the game. She’s the first person who is able to see him as him, and not a villain. By the end of the movie, the two really do care about each other, even willing to do the unthinkable to keep the other safe. The two of them are wonderful to watch, and it’s refreshing in a Disney movie to have the main relationship not be about romantic love.

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Now don’t worry, we do have a romantic love plot, but it’s actually 2nd shelf and it manages to be utterly hilarious. After Ralph leaves his game, Fix-it Felix (Jack MacBrayer) tracks him down to the shooter game Hero’s Duty and meets Calhoun (Jane Lynch). The two of them set off to find Ralph and the missing bug from her game that could destroy another. During their time together, Calhoun finds herself attracted to the little 8bit character, as he is just so gosh darn nice. But she does have her demons to get over too.

"she was programmed with the most tragic backstory..."

“she was programmed with the most tragic backstory…”

The two of them are honestly just the actors playing the best caricatures of themselves (think Kenneth from 30 rock and Sue Sylvester from Glee with a gun and you understand the characters), but they do it so well and both are so funny that they make this movie memorable even when Ralph and Vanellope aren’t on the screen.

Rounding out the cast we have King Candy (Alan Tudyk) as the ruler of Sugar Rush game, Taffyta (Mindy Kaling) as a racer that is not at all in love with Vanellope and tries to thwart her every move, and a few other random characters that really just build this world within a world. The characters are great to watch.

The world (and the animation) is beautiful and incredibly genius. You can tell this was a Pixar guy that ok’d this project. I mean come on. Moving between games through a cord? having rules like “If you die outside your game, you don’t regenerate”? I know some people think it’s very similar of the idea behind Toy Story, but I see it as a completely different entity.

Speaking for the animation, the amount of detail they put into this movie is incredible. The characters in the 8 bit game “Fix it Felix” (other than Felix and Ralph) actually move like they would in the game in jerky motions and only in boxes. The dust in each game is different. In the high-def games the characters are more realistic just like you would see in real life. They really put a lot of thought and care into this movie, and it shows. And personally? I think that just adds to the enjoyment of this movie because you actually believe what you’re watching.

Do you see the way the cake splatters???

Do you see the way the cake splatters???

Now I do admit the storyline for this movie can be a bit hard to follow and there does seem to be a lot of stuff going on that you really have to pay attention to. A lot of really important points are mentioned at some point in the movie that then become important later. Like the dying out of your game. Like the bug becoming what it eats. Like the whole “going Turbo” thing. You really DO have to pay attention.

They're scary sure, but I have a hard time taking the one on the right seriously...

They’re scary sure, but I have a hard time taking the one on the right seriously…

I could view this as a plus but also a minus of this movie, because I don’t know if kids would pay that much attention to a movie like this. Heck, I had to watch it at least twice to catch everything! But in the end I count it as part of the mystery that surrounds most of the movie – Sugar Rush is full of secrets and bit by bit, the viewer AND Ralph figure it out.

I mean think about it – when was the last time a Disney movie had a twist? I’m not going to give anything away, but I honestly did not see it coming. It was extremely well done.

My issues with this movie are few and far between, and they actually have more to do with the point I made above: you DO have to pay attention, which might be hard for kids. The plot is a bit “meh” but that’s only because you’re not seeing the whole picture. Vanellope CAN be a bit annoying but I forgive her. The end does seem to drag for a bit. Honestly I forgive a lot of the small list of issues with this movie because what I love about it I really love. The characters are funny and memorable and deep. The jokes are subtle and not so subtle and inventive. It’s just GOOD.

As much as any pixar movie, and any great Disney movie, it has a great message: be yourself, and its ok if people view you as something you’re really not. labels don’t make you who you are. Disney has recently been able to make me cry at the ends of their movies (LASSITER!!!) and this one is no exception.

A few last thoughts:

– I love the music in this one. It’s another part that builds the whole idea of the video game world.

– love that all the soldiers have PTSD from Hero’s Duty.

Even just seeing a tiny bug makes this guy freak out!

Even just seeing a tiny bug makes this guy freak out!

– I LOVE the part where Vanellope gives Ralph her cookie medal. It proves that the best medal you can get is from someone who really loves you and looks up to you.

This movie was a complete surprise to me, and I bet it was to a lot of other people to. Wreck-it Ralph shows that Disney CAN do a “guy” movie that somehow manages to appeal to both men and women, young and old. It’s got flare, it’s creative, it’s funny, and it’s got some memorable characters and memorable jokes. If you haven’t seen it, give it a watch. You might be surprised by just how sweet it really is. I still think the best line is at the end of the freaking movie:

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“Turns out I don’t need a medal. Cause if that little kid likes me, how bad can I be?”

I give Wreck-it Ralph (2012) a 4 out of 5.

Up Next: Frozen (2013)