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Created:Thursday, November 1, 2012 5:00 a.m.CDT
Updated:Thursday, November 1, 2012 7:33 a.m.CDT

Westhoff Reviews "Wreck-It Ralph"

“Wreck-It Ralph”
*** 1/2


Running time: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Who’s in it: Voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
What’s it about: Wreck It-Ralph (Reilly) the villain of a 1980s arcade game, decides to become a hero, so he tries his luck in other video games.
Verdict: This kiddie version of “Tron” is the giddiest cartoon comedy in years. The more you know about video game history, the harder you will laugh. The richly funny script is filled with gaming in-jokes, but it is also surprisingly sweet once Ralph befriends Silverman’s character, a young girl prohibited from taking the wheel in a candy-themed racing game. The “backstage” world of video game characters is cleverly imagined, and many familiar digital faces appear. A ton of fun and worth every quarter.

Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action and violence