New from The Movie Snob.
Wreck-It Ralph (B+). I managed to catch this Oscar-nominated animated feature before it disappeared from the dollar movie theater, and I was glad I did. The premise of the movie is that all those characters in video-arcade games–Pac Man, Mario, and the rest–are actually alive, and they can hang out and mingle with each other when the arcade is closed down. Wreck-It Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, Walk Hard) is a big mean guy in a Donkey-Kong-like game called Fix-It Felix. Ralph gets tired of being the villain and heads off to try to become a hero in a sci-fi shoot-em-up game, but he winds up in a cutesy go-cart racing game called Sugar Rush, where he reluctantly befriends a sassy little ragamuffin named Vanellope von Schweets (voice of Sarah Silverman, School of Rock). The incomparable Jane Lynch (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) voices the tough-as-nails sci-fi battle commander. The plot is overly complicated, but it was a pretty clever movie with a couple of touching moments. Also, there was a decent short before the feature about a guy trying to find a girl that he met cute on a subway platform and then let get away.