I don’t know…in Wall-E I saw more about humanity having declined to the point of being so inwardly absorbed that there is just not attempt to move outside yourself. All communication is done via screens even if the two people are sitting right next to each other. There is no effort made by anyone to reach out. Not even to get their own drink. When the ship lurches, people are thrown out of their chairs. For the first time in a long time, they are move out of their cocoons. They hit the floor and bump into each other. It’s like they are finally becoming aware of what’s around them for the first time. The camera zooms on on a pair of hands that suddenly touch…and the seed for a real romance begins to form.
I know a lot of people talk about the heavy handed environmental message but that really only a part of just how depraved the humans have become over time.
As for Wreck-It Ralph, I enjoyed it immensely. The parental bonus is strong with this one. It does help to have some knowledge of video games, game genres, how they are played, common tropes, etc. It helps appreciate the universe this movie takes place in. But I was surprised that not only were there a lot of video game gags, but there were a lot of *candy *gags.
My husband and I commented on how Pixar-esque it felt sometimes. I had a real Monsters Inc. vibe from it. The video game characters but an insane amount of work in order to present what seems to the human player to be a simple interaction (like monsters working on their scaring technique just to give a kid a simple BOO!). I especially loved watching how the first person-shooters work. That was really cute (well…if you can call that kind of game “cute”).
My brother is going to LOVE it. My sisters…maybe not as much.