I like animated movies but 2012 seemed like a pretty weak year. Pixar's usually a safe bet but Brave kind of missed the mark. After Kung-Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon, I think Dreamworks has actually surpassed Pixar in my expectations. And for 2012, they brought us Madagascar 3 and Rise of the Guardians. Weak.
So maybe Wreck-It Ralph could bring some animated redemption to 2012? The video game theme, a solid cast, and several critic picks gave me some hope.
But no. This is not the best animated film of 2012. It's not as good as Brave, it's not even as good as Madagascar 3. The first half hour is practically all Wreck-It Ralph whining. And didn't we already do the "trapped in the game" thing with Tron? I can't even say it would be good for kids because I think they'd be bored out of their skull in the first half hour and all the references to Pac-Man and Street Fighter are going to go right over their tiny little heads.
So, if you're going to watch one animated film from 2012, don't watch this one. Watch ParaNorman instead.
Oh, and want to make a note of how we watched this movie. We first checked on the Playstation store. The rental was available, for $8. I guess it was that much because of the 3D? But no. That was not an option. Checked Rogers On Demand just for giggles. Yup, $8 to rent the HD version there as well. So we settled on a much cheaper option. MUCH cheaper. And I don't feel a bit guilty about it either. Idiots.