We enjoyed a lovely family morning out today, courtesy of Disney. A couple of weeks ago, I got an email inviting us along to the premiere if Wreck-It Ralph. So off we headed to the Savoy this morning to enjoy our treat.
Little Man was very excited. Of course, an offer of popcorn, jellies, and a movie is bound to get a three year old excited.
Wreck-It Ralph is rated for General release. It’s the story of Ralph, the resident bad guy in a video game called Fix It Felix Jr. Every day, when the arcade opens, it’s Ralph’s job to smash the building in his game to pieces, and then Fix It Felix Jr, the hero of the game comes along and fixes it with his magic hammer. The game ends with Felix being awarded a medal for his efforts and Ralph being thrown from the building into a muddy puddle. Poor Ralph.
Life wouldn’t be too bad – he could be happy with his job, if life was better after work ended for the day. But Felix and the residents of the building continue to treat Ralph like a bad guy even when the game has ended. Ralph is lonely and sad. All he wants is to be treated like any other member of the game. He believes that if he could win a medal, just like Felix, everyone would have to accept him. So off he sets on an adventure, determined to prove himself by winning a medal of his own.
Along the way, Ralph inadvertently releases a cyber bug from the war game “Hero’s Duty” into the sweet racing game “Sugar Rush.” Oops! And in doing so, he puts Vanellope, his first real friend, and her entire game in jeopardy. Can Ralph become the hero he wanted to be?
Of course he can. And along the way, we learn a few lessons about how hurtful it is when someone is excluded and bullied, and how appearances can be deceptive. It’s not always clear who the good guys and the bad guys are.
Little Man thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The only time he got a bit scared was during the climactic fight scene at the end. The cyber bugs were a bit frightening for a three year old.
But the happy ending soon put all thoughts of scary bugs out of his mind, and Little Man was chanting “Wreck-It Ralph” as we left the cinema. All in all, a great morning out. Thank you Disney.
I received three free tickets to the premiere of Wreck-It Ralph. However, I did not receive any other compensation for this review, and my opinions as always are my own.