Ever wondered what the whole plot of Wreck-It Ralph was about, but never found the time to dedicate an hour and forty-eight to watch the movie? Well first of all shame on you. Just last week we know you were busy playing Minecraft. I mean did you really need to spend twenty-eight hours perfecting your life-size recreation of The Wind Fish from Link’s Awakening?
Thankfully ‘Megasteakman’, a personal favorite YouTube user of mine, has taken the time to recreate and condense the entire movie into 60 seconds. That’s less than one percent of the original film’s run time! As someone who’s watched the movie, this is a very well done homage to the film.
Back in November,
Brian talked about the wonderful short Disney churned out to play with Wreck it Ralph known as ‘Paperman’. The short implemented new use of technology and texture rendering and looked simply fantastic. Yeah that’s right, I’m not talking about video games for once! Read more
I’m a fan of crossovers. Alien versus Predator. Marvel Vs. Capcom. Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. Alright that last one only counts because Michelangelo was in it. In my defense, I was a kid who was a sucker for anything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles related. Now as ridiculous and terrible as Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue was, it did made sense. Here they took a bunch of cartoon characters and put them in an anti-drug propaganda short. In fact in all of these mentioned crossovers there was some common element which connected these “universes” together.
Then there are those crossovers so ill conceived, not even the greatest screenwriter in all of Hollywood could assemble it into a cohesive ball o’ sense. Enter Star Wars Meets Dragon Ball Z.
The new film Wreck It Ralph had quite a few unexpected surprises. Though the biggest surprise wasn’t found in the film. In fact it was a short before the feature film know as ‘Paperman’. The tale of Paperman is…well average. It’s certainly whimsical and entertaining but misses that extraordinary mark. Boy meets girl on a train, he becomes infatuated, and spends the rest of the short crafting paper airplanes to get her attention. I’ll give the short credit. It is not meant to showcase some grand sweeping narrative. It’s a simple telling of a simple love story. The true wonder of this little film is found in its’ animation.
Back in the summer and early fall, we were quite busy with expos and conventions here at Substance TV. We met many people, had one too many drinks at the open bars, and plain just had an awesome time meeting all sorts of people. Among the people we got to sit down and listen to was Tiffany Grant, a legend in the voice acting field. Rather than tell you all about her and what she does, we thought it’d be more fun to let her do it….
Wreck-it Ralph is a movie set up on many fronts for failure. Any medium that attempts to manufacture nostalgia is dancing a fine line between appealing too much to a specific crowd, and alienating the very audience it attempts to represent. The mainstream’s overall acceptance of gaming as a culture is very infantile, and more importantly, they don’t quite seem to understand it very well. Along comes a new CGI movie from the animation mega-company Disney that hopes to do just that.
Since the trailers were released, it has been obvious that they were putting their chips all in with this movie. Not content to just create all new video game heroes, Disney acquired the rights to a ton of existing game characters from all generations of gaming. From Kano to Q*bert, this movie is absolutely submerged in game culture. So when the dust settles, the real question is, how good is it? Well let’s take a look.
Oh god, can this year get any worse for geeks….