We're gonna wreck it!
Disney's new videogame themed animated feature Wreck-It Ralph may ostensibly be for kids, but the viewers who will probably enjoy it most are those who were children 30 years ago. At least, that was my experience when I saw the movie with my 5-year-old son; although he mostly enjoyed the misadventures of the title character (voiced to perfection by John C. Reilly), the designated bad guy in an 8-bit Donkey Kong-like arcade game called Fix-It Felix, Jr., it was my inner child -- the one who grew up playing those vintage '80s games -- that was really doing cartwheels. Throughout this delightful cartoon romp, director Rich Moore (making his feature debut after years of working on some of the past animated TV shows around, including The Simpsons and Futurama) pays homage to that formative era of gaming with such affection and wit, it'll make you want to get rid of your Wii and order an old-school, first-generation NES (or, if you're really splurging, a refurbished coin-operated arcade game) off eBay.
Tongues wagged when Disney declined to peddle their upcoming cinematic wares at last month's Comic-Con: International in San Diego. But don't think for a second that the Mouse House was out of the self-promoting game. Far from it: They just opted to keep it all in the family by saving what would have been their Comic Con show reel for their own fan-friendly convention, the D23 Expo. Held this past weekend at Anaheim Convention Center, the event was a three-day celebration of all things Disney, promoting everything from Radio Disney and the Disney Channel to Disney.com and the various Disney theme parks. Not surprisingly, the most buzzed-about panels were the ones devoted to Disney's upcoming feature film slate, which includes such releases as Andrew Stanton's John Carter, Pixar's Brave and a little movie called The Avengers from the company's most recent acquisition, Marvel. Here are the bits of D23-related movie news we found to be the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: