EDITORIAL: How Wreck-It Ralph Can Be the Next Toy Story

EDITORIAL: How Wreck-It Ralph Can Be the Next Toy Story

Although this is not the typical CBM I like to discuss, Wreck-It Ralph is too good to pass up. Check out this article on why I believe this new Disney film has the potential to be the next Toy Story Franchise.

How Wreck-It Ralph Can Be the Next Toy Story

Today, June 6th 2012, Walt Disney Animation Studios released the first trailer for the highly anticipated 3D computer-animated comedy film Wreck-It Ralph. Featuring a nice, creative starring cast of John C. Reily (as Wreck-It Ralph), Jack McBrayer (as Fix-It Felix Jr.), Jane Lynch (as Sergeant Calhoun) and Sarah Silverman (as Vanellope von Schweetz), the first trailer looked quite promising. Of course, this is comicbookmovie.com, our trusted site where we can hear updated news, opinions and more about our favorite blood-crushing superheroes like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, etc.... But, films like this are a refreshing addition to the site, and can always bring out the inner child in some of us. In this piece, I will discuss several reasons why I believe that Wreck-It Ralph, which is set to release in theaters on November 2, 2012, has the potential to be the next Toy Story like animated film franchise.

The first trailer of the movie, which can be found below, gives us the perfect first, in-depth look at the plot of the movie, and tease us with what we’ll see. First off, the movie looks visually stunning. When I showed some friends the trailer, they all believed it was another Pixar film. The characters and interesting settings look amazing, and it already looks to be at the same animated level as Pixar’s new film Brave. These beautiful graphics will surely be pleasing to anyone, and will definitely make this movie more enjoyable.

Aside from the animation aspect, let’s take a look at the cast. With animated movies, it’s so hard to see whether an actor fits or doesn’t fit. Since you can’t actually see them, some people won’t care. However, if you take a look at the greatest animated movies of all time, you can see how much better a perfect cast can make the film. For example, let’s take a look at CBM’s favorite movie, The Incredibles. I’m not saying this has to be CBM’s favorite movie, but after reading a lot of posts, and knowing that this is a group of members discussing superhero movies, the Pixar Academy Award winning film is by far one of the best animated movies of all time. Overall a fantastic movie, there are plenty of great castings here. Craig T. Nelson as Mr. Incredible, Holly Hunter as Elastigirl, Jason Lee as Syndrome... the list goes on. The one casting I’d like to take a look at is our very own beloved actor Samuel L. Jackson, who played Frozone. Our very own Nick Fury didn’t have a starring role in the film, but he co-starred, creating one of the most memorable characters of the entire film. Samuel L. Jackson voiced this role to perfection. The attitude, his tone, everything fit perfectly. His voice was entertaining, certainly enlightening, and turned a cool character into a great character. Like in the video posted below, I still love to this day the clip “Honey, where’s my super suit?” Ahhhh, there couldn’t have been a better voice choice than Samuel L. Jackson for this role.

Bringing the conversation back to Wreck-It Ralph, the cast seems great. John C. Reily is such a funny actor. Stepbrothers, in my opinion, is one of the funniest movies of all time. Yes I said it, all time. Reily’s voice is calming and playful, yet when he delivers, he does it so perfectly. His voice is distinctive, and can be the perfect fit for a character like Ralph. Only time can tell if John C. Reily can live up to the hype I’m hoping for, but with the direction of this film, and his voice, I believe he can make Ralph a truly remarkable and memorable character.

Now it’s time to forward this conversation to our first footage, the trailer that was released today! The trailer gave the perfect introduction to this movie, and after I saw it, I was filled with excitement. Come on, you know I have to believe in this film so much that I’ll have to post an article about it on comicbookmovie.com. The scene that really did it for me was the scene with Ralph and the support group of the arcade's various villain characters. Some of these villains take us back to our childhood, where we spent hours and hours trying to beat these villains. The villains shown include Clyde the orange ghost from Pacman, Bowser from Super Mario Bros. (YES, BOWSWER!), Dr. Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog, Kano from Mortal Kombat, Chun-Li from Street Fighter and more! So many memorable characters, it’s hilarious to see all these villains in one room together on the big screen. How can you not enjoy seeing these guys? It’s not possible, these villains are apart of our childhood. This scene is great, and I cannot wait to see who else, and how these villains are shown. The rest of the trailer looks great, it shows you a little bit of the characters we’ll be seeing, some funny scenes, and some good ol’ child like scenes that I’m sure will put a smile on anyones face, regardless of if there 5 or 70. From the looks of the trailer, this movie alone seems to be a great time. In the end, having a great, fun time at the movies is the real goal.

If you are just skimming through this article, thinking “I don’t want to read this,” this right here is the one paragraph I highly suggest you should read. So in the nicest and most polite away, READ HERE! I have gave you a number of reasons of why I think this animated film will be great. But, I still have not even addressed the tittle of this article, how Wreck-It Ralph will be the next Toy Story! The wait is over, and the main reason why I believe this film has Toy Story potential is because of how original and creative it is. When Toy Story was released in 1995, no one had ever really seen anything like it. The visual effects, voices, plot.. it was all original, heart-warming, and fun! Most importantly, they brought toys in an average boys bedroom to life. The makers of Toy Story made these characters extremely funny, and incredibly original. “To infinity and beyond!” There’s so much greatness, pureness, and originality in all three Toy Story films. People cried after walking out of Toy Story 3, no other animated film has ever done that! Wreck-It Ralph looks to be bringing a whole new creative, interesting plot line. Think about it, characters in a arcade game doing a job, and being actual real people, it’s a spectacular idea. It’s so original, and differs from all of the reboots, sequels and too similar films we see today. It’s a new idea that has the potential to spark a whole new animated universe. This type of animated movie directly makes me think of Toy Story. It’s practically Toy Story with arcade games. What’s not to love?

As you can tell, I have an extremely large amount of faith in Wreck-It Ralph. Don’t get me wrong, no movie can ever replace the Toy Story franchise. What Toy Story has done, and the way it shaped so many of our childhoods, it’s unthinkable to say a movie can out do it. But, Wreck-It Ralph has the spark that can enlighten a new type of classic, for kids, teens, and adults now. It’s freshness, originality, and bold theme is truly one of a kind. Putting faith in a movie like this, especially on comicbookmovie.com, is certainly risky. But, I truly love what I am starting to see out of this film. Wreck-It Ralph is hitting theaters November 2, 2012, and you know come that midnight release, I will be there. Movies these days have been about making the most money as possible, rarely do you walk out of a movie saying with a great, big smile, “wow, that was great.” Wreck-It Ralph has that potential. Go see the film, bring your friends, family, co-workers, whoever! Having a good time at the movies is a great feeling, and with so many of the stupid and childish animated movies that have been made in the past years, we finally have the perfect one. My final words are simply.... have fun!

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wedontdie - 6/6/2012, 10:46 PM
I personally believe that Toy Story can't be compared to, by other pixar films. I love pixar but Toy Story is one of a kind. this looks like a nice film and very intresting; almost like The Incredibles where superhero's become ordinary people, but Toy Story is definitely superior to all other animation films in the film world. My reasons being the fact that a toy is something a child first plays with, not a video game, and playing with a toy is where a child first learns to start imagining things and creating things, kinda like the idea that toys can talk. If I remember correctly the intro to Toy Story 1 Andy was playing with his toys and we see that the whole movie was going to be about imagination. Something about a toy brings out more imagination then a video game. I know this movie has alot of imagination of games going into other games but in reality most games are really only set to one story. I like this article, I'm a film Major and I respect people who like great films.
BIGBMH - 6/7/2012, 2:51 AM
IMO, it feels like a better Monsters Inc. (not really a fan of that movie) You've got these characters who are perceived by humans one way, but have a whole life outside of that in a world that we're all unaware of. As a video game fan, I'm excited to see all the little references and easter eggs they've put into this. I'm hopeful that it will be good.
ffourier - 6/7/2012, 6:29 AM
It really looks like a french short movie released in 2007 :

this is very disapointing !
what do you think ?
MrsTonyStark0507 - 6/7/2012, 9:48 AM
I think it looks cute and funny! Not sure that qualifies it as Toy Story quality though. Sorry, but I just think you are way off.

Toy Story is such a special and unique series. It made adults realize that cartoons aren't just for kids. It tugs on the heart strings in a big way. Granted I cry pretty easily when watching movies, but I didn't just cry as the movie ended. Toy Story 3 had me bawling for almost the last 30 minutes!! (I was glad I was at home when I saw it, because I was a hot mess!!) IT IS A MOVIE ABOUT TOYS, FOR GOODNESS SAKES!! But it is so much more than that, especially from a parent's perspective! I was basically hugging my little 1 year old (at the time) and fruitlessly trying to will him to not get any older! When a movie has that effect on you, you know it's more than just a movie. It literally changed the way I even look at toys. I almost don't want to ever throw any away. It's so silly, I know, but Toy Story is just that special. I just don't see this as coming even close to that caliber.

I am sure it will be good though, so I am really not trying to knock it. Don't get me wrong. :)
MrsTonyStark0507 - 6/7/2012, 9:51 AM
I do agree with you about toys and imagination. As I sit here, my now almost 3 year old is sitting next to me playing with Transformers and making up voices, having conversations with them and humming the Transformers theme song. I just love seeing his imagination come to life!! :)
95 - 6/7/2012, 6:01 PM
Yeah, I agree with @BIGBMH. I instantly got a Monsters Inc. vibe from the trailer.
marvel72 - 6/8/2012, 9:19 AM
toy story is in a class of its own,no cgi animated movie even comes close.
rockerdude22 - 6/8/2012, 6:41 PM
IDK if it'll have the same effect as Toy Story, but I can guarantee that this will be a classic among gamers! I know, because I am one! Been a gamer since the NES days playing Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt!
Oxbow - 6/10/2012, 8:21 PM
love the q-bert reference, street fighter characters, all that. It's really nostalgic to see them on-screen, and the animation looks pretty good. I guess we'll see how the story holds up. Toy Story shows how much you need to have personality, relationships and HEARTin the story to take something like to the next level. Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and others made a great script that highlighted the STORY in Toy Story, and changed how people perceived the medium.
Bearjew - 6/17/2012, 10:01 PM
My three favorite pixar movies are as follows:
1. The incredibles
2. Finding Nemo
3. Toy Story

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