Do You Have to be a Kid to Enjoy ‘Wreck-it Ralph’?

Sorry, this one is not about space… it’s about a movie.  An hour before I saw the movie an adult said the movie is ‘ok’, and he gave it 3 out of 5 stars.  So we asked some kids and they said it was awesome.  Does this mean you have to be a kid to enjoy it?

Sugar Rush Race Maybe you need to be a kid at heart.  Disney did it again, the magic touch that never fails.  This movie rocks!  It’s about an arcade game villain who wants to be a hero, aided by an unexpected computer glitch. The music, the plot, the visuals, the blasting fun.  Not a dull moment.   I don’t get that guy that gave it 3 out of 5.

The best part of it was the historical references to classic video games, retro style, without loosing the attention of the younger crowds, retelling the history of gaming culture. We were barely able to keep up with them. Many of them appear at the video game villain meeting Ralph attends, and others appear throughout. For all the video game lovers, here’s some of the guest appearances:

Bowser from Super Mario Bros (credit:

Bowser  - Super Mario Bros  Clyde Pacman

Clyde  – the ghost Pac-Man (

Cammy from Street Fighter –

Street Fighter Cammy

Also caught a glimpse of ‘graffiti’ stating that “Aerith lives”, referencing final Fantasy VII – credit ;

Aerith - Final Fantasy

and the ‘first person shooter’ style Heros Duty Battlefield used in a fictional game: Hero’s Duty, ‘invented’ for the movie. This reminded me a bit of ‘Halo’. Especially liked the fierce female commander…

Notice how the complexity of the visual arts, progress with the move forward in time to the more advanced video games.  This celebrates the astonishing quality presented in the later games, as opposed to the spastic moves of the early ones.

I found several articles discussing the extensive video game references. A nice article on ArsTechnica, even Wikipedia. To my surprise, they completely ignore the science fiction references.  Or are they coincidental, did Disney not mean them?

First, the bugs. This is almost a retell of the science fiction movies Alien / Aliens /Alien Resurrection and the prequel Prometheus.

Heros Duty bugs

Aliens Eggs: Ripley carries Newt

Ripley carries Newt through the alien egg nest.  Credit:

The merge of one of the characters – Turbo – with one of the bugs, the fearful scenes with the mass number of alien eggs, these are all details straight out of these movies.

Even the sugar rush race – picture at the top of this post – was a cling-to-your-seat reminder for the race scenes in Star Wars.


Star Wars race scene. Credit:

The Alien movies have a ‘looming doom’ feel to them at the end, and Star Wars has parts almost equally dark. Thankfully, Wreck-it Ralph is not so.  For the adults,  the ‘Techie’ among us, it also has an unexpected tip of advice : even computer glitches might be useful. This is what we might call a ‘happy accident’. They might earn a right to exist…

About Kidmat Eden

Science/tech/space and sci-fi connections; the human experience in the 4th age.
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3 Responses to Do You Have to be a Kid to Enjoy ‘Wreck-it Ralph’?

  1. paperpickle says:

    I loved Wreck-It Ralph! Probably one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. (Then again, I don’t watch that many movies…)


    • Kidmat Eden says:

      Totally agree with you, it was awesome!
      By the way, is it true you’ve completed last November your 4th annual November-writing-month book?


      • paperpickle says:

        Yes, it’s true. Out of the 4, only 2 are finished. The other 2 are over 50,000 words, but still incomplete. At the moment, though, I’m working on a different novel entirely. 🙂


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