"Wreck-It Ralph," a kid's version of "Tron," suggests all of the electronic characters in arcade video games have their own personal lives when no one's shoving quarters into the machine's slot.
Their 8-bits-and-pieces lives change when the villain of "Wreck-It Ralph" (voiced by John C. Reilly) decides he wants to be the hero just once. His quest to win a hero's medal sends him on a trek through various other games in the arcade.
Ralph's travels brings him to the game Sugar Rush -- think Candy Land meets Mario Racer -- where he helps the impish Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), a glitchy character who wants to win the game's cart race. This mismatched pair find that their journey is not about being selfish, but to find joy and stick together.
Director Rich Moore has done a masterful job of blending all of the varied degree of visuals that come with arcade games. Life in Ralph's game is a little blocky and the characters have choppy movements. Once the action moves to a high-tech military game, the graphics vastly improve. Moore blends these different game looks to create a perfect union.
The screenplay by Jennifer Lee and Phil Johnston is a mix of the sweet story of two misfits finding their way and an assortment of jabs at the video game world. Q*bert panhandles after the plug gets pulled on his game. Sonic the Hedgehog offers a warning about how there's no rest for a character when a life is lost outside the game.