Friday, November 2, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph and Paperman are terrific

Wreck-It Ralph is wonderful.  Calling it a great video game movie sells it way too short.  Solid story, and excellent character design.  The villain is particularly cool, in all of his forms.  Don't be misled by the ad campaign, the famous video game characters play only a very small role.  Other than one scene (which is really the weakest in the movie) and characters in the background, it almost entirely features characters and locations designed for this movie.  Relatedly, there's a new and improved Wreck-It Ralph game available at iTunes. (The illustration is by Clio Chang, who storyboarded the charming Paperman short, which put a nice lump in my throat.)