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Ralph is enough

Ralph is enough


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Ralph is enough[1] (Original title: Wreck-It Ralph) is the 52nd animated film from the Walt Disney Animation Studios in the masterpiece series. It made its debut on November 2nd, 2012 and had its theatrical release in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on December 6th. The film was animated in digital 3-D format. The Simpsons and Futurama Director Rich Moore directed. The film is about video game characters and their behind-the-scenes life. Disney's "Chief Creative Officer" John Lasseter served as executive producer. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch.

The film tells the story of a villain from an arcade game who dreams of becoming a real hero. He befriends a young girl by the name of Vanellope von Schweetz and ultimately he has to prevent a threat to the entire arcade world.

The premiere of Ralph is enough took place at the El Capitan Theater on October 29, 2012. The US release was on November 2, 2012 and Germany on December 6, 2012. The film grossed $ 471,222,889, of which $ 189 million was in the United States and Canada. The film had to take criticism, but the commercial success could not confirm this, so that the film won an Annie Award for Best Animated Film and was nominated for the Oscar "Best Animated Film". Disney's award-winning short film was released in theaters Captured in flight accompanied.

The film became very popular, a major milestone in the Disney revival era. It was the most successful non-musical film since 1961. This was also evident when outrage grew that the film would not win the Oscar for best animated film (loss to Pixars Merida - Legend of the Highlands, also from Disney) won. The success of the film guarantees a sequel that is certainly already being developed.


Nobody likes the bad guys. But Ralph has to take on the role of the destroyer in his game, although he would rather be the great hero one day. But that's not programmed into his game, so he just runs off to really show it to everyone in "Hero's Duty", an action-packed sci-fi shooter! But his "game hopping" totally messes up the system and threatens to destroy all game worlds. Suddenly he gets support from Vanellope von Schweetz, a bug in the system. The two outsiders team up and combine all their power so that it doesn't soon mean "game over".[2]


The film begins with Ralph's story. He declares that he is the villain in Fix-It Felix Jr. He destroys things and is pretty good at it. Felix always repairs them with his super hammer, making him the superhero of the game.

At night, when Litwak's Arcade is closed, the various video game characters gather in the video game central station. Felix and the residents of the house go to their apartments. Ralph has to go to a dump and he'd love to show he's a nice guy too. He then reveals to the video game villain support group that he doesn't want to be a bad guy anymore. The characters try to give each other tips to make the group feel better. When he goes back to the game, he sees that his game is celebrating its anniversary and that he was not invited. He goes to the party and talks to Felix, who, unlike the other characters, doesn't hate him. Somehow he manages to get in to eat a piece of cake.

During a visit with Tapper, he meets Ralph Markowskim, a soldier from a first person shooter named Hero's Duty, who tells him that the winner of the game will receive a medal. Ralph enters the game by donning Ralph Markowskim's gear and he meets his no-nonsense leader. During a break in the game, he climbs up the tower and wants to receive the hero medal that is presented to him there. Inadvertently he damages a cy-bug to be fought and leaves the game. Fix-It Felix makes them look for Ralph, because his game is threatened with shutdown.

He ends up in Sugar Rush, a kart racing game. While looking for his medal, he meets Vanellope von Schweetz, a glitchy character who wants to pay for a race entry with the medal. However, King Candy and other drivers refuse her entry as she is not really a part of the game and destroy her kart. Ralph and Vanellope team up and train to take part in the race. To get the medal back, the race must be won. Vanellope proposes a pact to Ralph that he will get his medal back if he helps Vanellope win the race. Ralph reluctantly accepts her offer. Then they go to the kart bakery and build their kart together. After a long chase with King Candy, they hide in the Cola mountains, a track that has not yet been completed. Ralph realizes that this is Vanellope's home. After that, Ralph teaches her how to drive her new vehicle.

The escaped Sergeant Calhoun from Hero's Duty tries to find the escaped robot insect and ignores Felix, who is flirting with her. Vanellope has to compete against King Candy and other competitors in the race. King Candy turns out to be a jealous turbo (sabotaging other games to get the attention) who sabotaged the programming of other motorsport games so there would be no competition when his inferior racing game lost attention. However, Vanellope can defeat him in the race. However, the world is overrun by a beetle plague and must therefore be evacuated.

In the showdown between Ralph and Turbo, Ralph destroys a hilltop that is filled with Mentos. This leads to a brightly glowing geyser as the Mentos stalakites fall into the Cola springs. This reaction works like an electric insect killer for the insects and Turbo. Vanellope is revealed to be the actual main character of the game when the game resets. It also becomes clear that the glitches are a special skill of hers. Ralph has to come to terms with his role and returns to his original game and gives every homeless character a home in a bonus level. The final scene in the film is Felix and Sergeant Calhoun's wedding. Vanellope and Ralph are groomsmen.


The concept of the film Ralph Enough was developed in the late 1980s under the working title High Score. It was then revised and checked several times. It was worked on under the working title Joe Jump in the late 1990s and then under the name Wreck-It Ralph in the mid-2000s.

John Lasseter, head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, describes Ralph as an 8-bit video game villain who travels the arcades to prove he's a good guy. Similar to the 3 Toy Story films, Ralph has a number of licensed video game characters. For example, Ralph is seen in a support group for various villains, including Clyade, an orange ghost from Pac-Man, Doctor Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog, and Bowser from Super Mario Bros. Director Rich Moore had stated that for the world to be authentic it must be real Video game characters from real video games participate in the film.

Before production could begin, the guest appearances were hinted at by the creative team, regardless of whether they would have been legally able to use them. The company then tried to acquire the rights so that the film could appear authentic. In the Nintendo case, it was planned early on that Bowser would play an important role. Nintendo liked this idea and asked that Mario get a significant role as well. Unfortunately, the creators could not realize this idea because they did not find a suitable place. Moore debunked a rumor that Mario and his brother Luigi did not appear in the film due to the high license fee. However, this is a joke from John C. Reilly who made this one at Comic-Con. Dr. Mega Man's Wily was also supposed to appear, but was not used in the final version of the film as Capcom disagreed with it. In total there were 188 individual character models for cameo appearances.

Moore did not use any real characters as the main character because, as with cultural events, attention must be paid to correctness. This would take away too much space and possibly destroy the balance. In addition, he didn't want to disappoint anyone, as certain well-known characters would have made certain demands. He also said that because of this, movies often fail on video games. Instead, a number of new characters have been developed for Ralph as they are "almost like pristine snow", giving them the freedom they need.

The film introduced new bidirectional reflection distribution functions from Disney, with which one can display more realistic reflections on surfaces, and a new virtual camera capture system, which enables scenes to be produced in real time. To create the Sugar Rush segment, the visual development group traveled to the ISM trade fair in Cologne. There is a candy factory and other production facilities in Cologne. There were also food photographers who explained how to make food more attractive. There were also some special effects like smoke or dust.


Rich Ralph received very positive reviews from critics. The website Rotten tomatoes reported that 86% of the critics rated the film 7.5 / 10. The reason was "The film is entertaining for children and parents. Rakog is a shrewd, colorful abbey on familiar subjects."The film was rated 4.2 / 5 by 89% of viewers. On Meracritic, based on 34 ratings, the film has an average of 73/100. On IMDB, the film has a 7.9 / 10 rating with 82,989 users .

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 stars out of 4 and wrote: "More than in most animated films, the art design and color palette of Wreck-It Ralph permit unlimited sets, costumes and rules, giving the movie tireless originality and different behavior in every different cyber world."A.O. Scott of The New York Times rated the film 5 stars out of 5 and wrote:"The movie invites a measure of cynicism - which it proceeds to obliterate with a 93-minute blast of color, noise, ingenuity and fun."


With this animated film, director Rich Moore [...] proves his talent for the comic. With a bizarre joke he dives into the world of video games and gives their characters a life of their own beyond the games. Great ideas, lots of funny details and a lot of gags ensure fun entertainment. Only the bad songs - this was confused with charming in a contemporary way - diminish the pleasure.“— prism
Ralph Enough is an all-round successful animated film for the whole family. Children will have fun with the simple story, likeable characters, witty ideas and imaginative locations, older semesters will enjoy the numerous allusions to classics from the world of video games and slot machines.“— film-rezensions.de[4]

Ralph riches received the rating "particularly valuable" from the German film and media rating. The reasoning:

The makers of RALPH REICHT’S succeeded in this feat. An intelligent script, the implementation of which has been placed in the best hands, results in perfect cinema entertainment at the highest level. Surprisingly, you don't have to know or like the video games picked up to succumb to the charm of the film. This is due to the fact that the simplest pixel figures are condensed into real characters who, despite all the reality in movement and exterior, always remain located in their possibilities. And as is so often the case in this CGI league, the story is again peppered with movie quotes that will please the heart of the cinema beast. [...] RALPH REICHT’S is the technically perfect implementation of an actually small idea that has been expanded from an always exciting and humorous script to a feature length film. And despite all the visual size and the brightly colored fireworks of ideas and action, there is a special feature in the lovable charm that the film retains.“— German film and media rating[5]
It was a long time since I had come out of a cinema show so ambivalent. On the one hand, I was always happy for an hour and a half to hear successful allusions and jokes from the world of video games. On the other hand, Ralph is enough behind a great surface for long stretches terrifyingly conventional. That leaves a bit of a bland aftertaste in a film that, in a positive sense, is reminiscent of great Pixar works in many moments.“— Christian Merkel from gamestar.de[6]


The film was originally supposed to appear on March 22, 2013, but the release was brought forward to November 2, 2012 (December 6, 2012 in Germany) because the Dreamworks Anomations film was already there The Croods appeared. The cinema release was accompanied by Disney's Oscar-winning animated short film Im Flug conquered.

The first trailer for Ralph Enough was released on June 6, 2012, which appeared with the third part of the Madagascar series. This was also during the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012. A second trailer was released on September 12, 2012, at the same time as the 3D re-release of Finding Nemo. The world premiere took place on October 29, 2012 and then ran in cinemas from November 2, 2012. The release in Germany took place about a month later on December 6, 2012.




  • Oscar: Best Animated Feature Film
  • Golden Globe Award 2013: Best Animated Film


  • Critics ’Choice Movie Awards 2013: Best Animated Feature Film
  • National Board of Review Award: Best Animated Film
  • Satellite Awards 2012: Best Animated Film
  • Annie Awards 2013: Best Animated Film, four other awards
  • Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2013: Favorite Animated Film


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The film received a sequel in 2018, which was released in Germany on January 24, 2019.


  • Mario and Luigi were supposed to have cameo appearances in the film, but they allegedly weren't taken due to Nintendo's contract fee being too high.

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