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Film Mom: 'Wreck-It Ralph' Is a Hero Among Video Game Movies

By: Tara McNamara on November 1, 2012 at 1:02PM Comments (45)

Family Film Mom is a weekly column about family entertainment for parents with kids (and kids with parents) by Tara McNamara, the editor and founder of KidsPickFlicks.com.

Here’s a bold prediction: Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph will be the biggest video game movie of all time. The reason I’m able to go out on a limb is because the limb is attached to a tree trunk in the forest of felled video game adaptations.

Movies based on video games are generally a FAIL (cue the sound of Pac-Man dying). Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Max Payne and Doom prove the near impossibility of re-creating the exhilarating gaming experience as a passive viewing activity.  Even the rare video game adaptations that muster financial success, like the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Resident Evil franchises, are not what most folks would consider "good."

Leave it to Disney to apply its own successful movie model to make the video game movie work. In movies like Toy Story and Enchanted the audience meets new characters that live within a world from our childhood (toys, princess movies) that've been humanized and given new stories. Same goes with Wreck-It Ralph, which while technically not based on any real '80s video game, brings familiar arcade icons to life (there's unemployed Q*Bert, Clyde the misunderstood Pac-Man ghost) and introduces new ones – the result comes across new and familiar at the same time. It creates a warm, fuzzy nostalgic feeling while also making the viewer feel sharp and in on the joke. The result is a film both parents and kids will think is tailor-made for their own memories.

Here are three more films you may want to see with your family this weekend:

 Chasing Mavericks. If you need a breather from Halloween and animated movies, this film is a positive example of applying hard work to achieve a goal.

 

 

 

 Hotel Transylvania. A fun monster movie that just might make your kids understand parents a little bit more.

 

 

 

 Fun Size. Truth: I grimaced in discomfort at how much my tween daughter enjoyed this inappropriate film from a kids TV network. Pay attention to the PG-13 label, not the Nickelodeon one.

 

 

Find out if your kids will enjoy the movie by going to www.KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.

Tags: Wreck-It Ralph

Categories: Family Films

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  • Nov 1st 2012 4:51PM

    fandad1960  said...

    You said that twice

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  • Nov 2nd 2012 5:39AM

    mattfan12059  said...

    My bad, sorry fandad

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  • Nov 2nd 2012 6:22AM

    fandad1960  said...

    That's okay

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  • Nov 1st 2012 4:36PM

    fandad1960  said...

    By the way speaking of Tangled, Disney has got to get Alan Menken to do the Mickey and friends project

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  • Nov 1st 2012 4:48PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    Yeah, and it better be in cartoon style

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  • Nov 1st 2012 4:50PM

    fandad1960  said...

    Just like the old days even though I'm a much bigger fan of CGI animation than of hand drawn animation

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  • Nov 1st 2012 4:30PM

    fandad1960  said...

    That's nice matt and remember your promise I just hope Wreck it Ralph will be better than the other Disney holiday releases from the past five years

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  • Nov 1st 2012 5:06PM

    mr_movie_rater_2  said...

    Chart: Wreck-it-Ralph > Christmas Carol > Tangled > Any other Disney Holiday releses.

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  • Nov 1st 2012 5:12PM

    fandad1960  said...

    Enchanted Bolt the princess and the frog Muppets and bedtime stories

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  • Nov 1st 2012 5:14PM

    mr_movie_rater_2  said...

    Yeah. Forgot about Enchanted. That one was good.

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  • Nov 1st 2012 5:18PM

    fandad1960  said...

    But muppets was semi great like I told Matt I hope wreck it Ralph will be better

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  • Nov 1st 2012 3:46PM

    mr_movie_rater_2  said...

    Now if only we could get the Uncharted movie underway...

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  • Nov 1st 2012 4:17PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    An Uncharted movie could be awesome! It would be like a new Indiana Jones but with Nathan Drake instead.

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  • Nov 1st 2012 4:18PM

    mr_movie_rater_2  said...

    IKR! I'm also hoping someone picks up an idea for a Dead Space movie. That would be one heck of a horror movie if they did it right!

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  • Nov 1st 2012 4:29PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    Yeah it could be a lot like Alien in a way. Notice how many video games were inspired by movies. I

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  • Nov 1st 2012 2:04PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    Its not Disney/Pixar its just Walt Disney Animation. Also ONE MORE DAY!!!

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  • Nov 1st 2012 2:21PM

    Derrick Deane  said...

    Yup, it's all Disney. I've tweaked it. Thanks.

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  • Nov 1st 2012 3:16PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    No prob:)

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  • Nov 1st 2012 1:40PM

    bdlordon  said...

    they should do a duke nuwcome movie based on the video game duke nuwcome vidoe game now that's a movie I GO SEE

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  • Nov 1st 2012 4:20PM

    mr_movie_rater_2  said...

    No offense, but a Duke movie would probably be like the DOOM movie, only with Better FX. And women. That's all it would have on DOOM.

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