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.
You said that twice
My bad, sorry fandad
By the way speaking of Tangled, Disney has got to get Alan Menken to do the Mickey and friends project
Yeah, and it better be in cartoon style
Just like the old days even though I'm a much bigger fan of CGI animation than of hand drawn animation
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
Chart: Wreck-it-Ralph > Christmas Carol > Tangled > Any other Disney Holiday releses.
Enchanted Bolt the princess and the frog Muppets and bedtime stories
Yeah. Forgot about Enchanted. That one was good.
But muppets was semi great like I told Matt I hope wreck it Ralph will be better
Now if only we could get the Uncharted movie underway...
An Uncharted movie could be awesome! It would be like a new Indiana Jones but with Nathan Drake instead.
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!
Yeah it could be a lot like Alien in a way. Notice how many video games were inspired by movies. I
Its not Disney/Pixar its just Walt Disney Animation. Also ONE MORE DAY!!!
Yup, it's all Disney. I've tweaked it. Thanks.
they should do a duke nuwcome movie based on the video game duke nuwcome vidoe game now that's a movie I GO SEE
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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