First off, I love John Reilly. I love him in Step Brothers and I love him in Walk Hard and you know what... I love him just as much as Wreck it Ralph. But he wasn't the only one with a strong performance. Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman were just as good. And you know what else I noticed... I see the actors in the characters. I can see Reilly in Ralph's eyes, I see Lynch as the bad ass in Sergeant Calhoun, and Silverman's goofy faces are all over Vanellope. It may be a growing trend that animators are making animated characters have subtle resemblances to their voice actors and I love it when I notice it. It brings more of a human element to an animated film.
|Don't tell me that the characters don't look like their voice actors!|
As for the gaming cameos, there are plenty of them. I caught the film with the wife and kids and they were able to get some of the more obvious faces (Sonic, Bowser, Clyde, Ryu and Ken) but trust me, there were a lot more references than meets the eye. At first glance, I caught the "Aeris lives" graffiti, I loved that they used the Konami code as a password, and the referee shirt! Now, I know I'm missing a lot more only because the game central station (a power surge, lol) is full of characters that you cannot possibly catch them all at first glance. I perked up when I saw Q Bert and I chucked when I saw Dig Dug. That's what the movie does, it takes you back to those moments when you were first introduced to those characters and brings back that adoration.
Go see Wreck it Ralph. No words can give nostalgia it's due. It's warm, it's fuzzy, it's a reverie. It's not only a feel good film that the whole family can enjoy but it's also an experience and trip down nostalgia lane that many of us would love to visit again and again. It's retro... and it's cool. Later!