Time to announce the winner of The MAJOR Award for Best Animated Picture for 2012!
The nominees were: “Brave”, “Frankenweenie”, “Rise of the Guardians”, “The Secret World of Arrietty” and “Wreck-it Ralph”.
All were great films, each of them is worthy of you checking them out… but only one can win. Click through to see which one did!
“Wreck-It Ralph” cleverly launches from a point we’re all familiar with: the video game. It envisions a video game villain who tires of his routine, and longs to be one of the “good guys” for a change. He’s a program who wishes to branch out beyond his programming, which in and of itself is already more existential than most animated heroes. Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is indeed quite a protagonist for an animated movie, and audiences will find themselves siding with him quickly. In spite of his villainous duties, he’s genuinely a good guy at heart.
With a brief “Bad Guys Anonymous” meeting, establishes a sense of humor and an adult appeal. Ralph then leaves his game (“Fix-It Felix”) and finds his way to other games in the arcade, and that’s when the action really starts to kick in. A stop at “Hero’s Duty” showcases how different video games are now from back in the day. Eventually, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), a “glitch” in the racing game Sugar Rush. And it’s through helping her that Ralph finally becomes the hero he always hoped he could be.
“Wreck-It Ralph” contains a number of nostalgia inducing video game references and homages, but it’s in using the video games as a metaphor for what others expect of us and what our self-imposed limits are that the movie cleverly delivers its messages of individuality and believing in yourself. Of course, it’s all delivered in a gorgeously animated, fast paced, funny film that the entire family will enjoy.
With fun, colorful settings, good humor, great action, unique characters and your recommended dosage of lightly imparted kids’ movie lessons, “Wreck-It Ralph” is the best animated film of the year.
Other nominees were all great in their own way, and are each excellent, excellent movies well worth your time to check out. “Brave” may not be Pixar’s best, but it’s a high quality, superbly animated offering, and their first film with a heroine instead of a hero. If you haven’t caught it yet, you certainly should. “Frankenweenie” is Tim Burton’s return to original, more personal efforts, and his care for the project and unmistakably unique style show through. “Rise of the Guardians” surprised me enormously. I thought it was gorgeous, fun, funny and adventurous. Who ever knew that Santa could kick ass? And “The Secret World of Arrietty” is about as beautiful as they come. It’s lavishly drawn and tells a sweet story… I’m a newbie to the world of Japanese animation, but it’s films like this that make me want to see many, many more.
“Wreck-It Ralph”, the FMR MAJOR Award winner for Best Animated Picture 2012