My First Thoughts about 'Wreck-It' Ralph'

For those that don't know, here's a little something from Wikipedia:

Wreck-It Ralph is the 9-foot-tall, 643-pound villain of an arcade video game named Fix-It Felix Jr., in which the game's titular hero fixes buildings that Ralph destroys. For thirty years, Ralph has been doing the same job over and over and has become tired of being the bad guy. Wanting to prove he can be a good guy and not just a villain, Ralph escapes his game through the power cord and lands in Hero's Duty, a first-person shooter where he helps the game's hero, Sergeant Calhoun, battle against "Cy-Bugs", the game's alien invaders. He later entersSugar Rush, a kart racing game set on tracks made of candies, cookies and other sweets. There, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz, one of the game's characters, who has learned that her game is faced with a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph may have inadvertently started.

Now for my thoughts on how this will play out.

If the trailer is anything to go by we'll see Ralph go through his day-in Day-out routine of people lining up to play the game he's in. This montage will end with him getting thrown off he building he's been breaking for the past thirty years likely while he's narrating to the Villain-Anon group we see in the trailer. After this initial scene we'll get him going through his routine of going from home to game and see something that sparks the idea that he can jump games and do something else. This will lead into his in-trailer announcement he doesn't want to be a bad guy anymore.

We'll see jumps between Ralph stepping up to Hero's Duty (Maybe because it's popular, possibly because it has 'hero' in the title, probably both) with a bit of fear that he's either going to get drug back, probably with a 'hey this isn't so bad' sort of training montage while Fix-It Felix (jr.) finds out Ralph's gone (complete with people outside of the game noticing the 'wreck it guy' is missing. 

After the initial 'hey I did it!' Ralph sees that modern shooters are, well... Not cut out for him then moves on to other games (Sugar Rush? Maybe something else along with that I dunno.) This is where the main conflict supposedly comes into play, possibly involving game glitches. We'll find Ralph either getting the humiliation conga treatment by having Everyone shun him or him seeing things going wrong again only this time worse and blame himself only for different characters we've seen throughout (Possibly just Fix-it and the little Silverman girl, possibly the entire villain's support group along with as a cavalry charge) will be what helps both fix things (we'll definitely here Felix go 'I can fix it!' when we see some thing that's busted that's absolutely needed to keep the plot going.) 

End of movie will either be Ralph going back to his work-a-day routine only this time happy, or we'll see him in a new game Ralph's Revenge or something like that due to the national uproar caused by the Fix-It Felix games breaking en mass from Ralph's mid-life crisis. 

Will it be Enjoyable?

From what little the trailer shows I am perfectly fine by this. cameos from gaming classics, pointing at the reason gamers game, poking fun at gaming conventions of all era. Looks great.

OK so...

The problem here is I feel conflicted because this is Disney. Disney has supported the extension of Copyright into basically forever minus a day. Even worse Disney has been backing SOPA, CISPA, ACTA, and lots of other scary acronyms that have been threatening the internet as of late. It isn't even Pixar. It's a direct Disney branded movie. 

Disney has done some good movies, at ones i like Pirates, Tron... but I don't feel comfortable giving money to people that seem to buy into the idea of strangling the internet or the ability to have culturally relevant material added for folk down the line to be able to remix into new material for their own use.

Walt Disney did this with Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Hunchback of Nostrad, Little Mermaid, and so on.

But all those stories were written decades, sometimes Centuries before Disney used them and they were already being mixed.

That in of itself makes my point for me. People won't have the option of getting a chance to do these re-samplings and re imaginings or adding their own personal embellishments because by the time they have the chance to legally do these things the source material is no-longer culturally relevant.

Yet Disney gets to make what is basically an awesome fan-fic/mashup using things from My culture (Zangif, Robotnik, etc) because they have the money to pay licensing fees. 

So now what?

Not sure really. The movie's supposed to come out November 2nd so there's plenty of time for soul searching, consulting with other people that dislike Disney's practices but like the trend of movies that don't suck, and or getting roped into it by the nephews because they want to see it.

Anyway here's the trailer on youtube.





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