ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Wreck-It Ralph★★★ PREMIERE4.30-6.05pm BBC1
This beautifully designed and cleverly conceived computer- animated fantasy from Disney harks back to the Space Invaders/Pac-Man heyday of crude 1980s arcade games, hence a nostalgic appeal for ex-gamer grown-ups (or gamers who never grew up). However, the moralistic story and wacky, bendy style are squarely aimed at kids, who I’m told love the film. It’s directed by Simpsons/Futurama alumnus Rich Moore and features John C Reilly as the voice of the titular antagonist (from the fictional 30-year-old arcade game Fix-It Felix) who craves affirmation for what he does. After the arcade closes, the characters come to life at night and interact; Ralph Ð first seen in a brilliantly staged villain support group Ð enters a shooting game in order to win a medal and the crazy, inter-game plot spirals from there. Hip comedy voice casting (Sarah Silverman, Mindy Kaling, 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer) will mean little to the casual viewer, so just strap in for an imaginative, fast-paced and gloriously daft ride.