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  • Genre: Fantasy, Children, Animation, Adventure

  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 97 minutes

  • Director(s): Rich Moore

  • Cast: John C. Reilly (voice), Jack McBrayer (voice), Sarah Silverman (voice), Jane Lynch (voice), Alan Tudyk (voice), Ed O'Neill (voice), Edie McClurg (voice), Dennis Haysbert (voice), Joe Lo Truglio (voice)

  • BBFCinsight: Contains mild violence

  • Note to parents: Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience.

  • Synopsis: A character from an old arcade video game wants to be the hero, rather than the baddie for a change.

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WRECK-IT RALPH is an animated film about a character in an old arcade video game who decides he wants to be the hero rather than the baddie.


There are several scenes of comic violence. One scene shows a zombie having his heart pulled out of his chest by another character, with the intention of showing that even 'baddies' have a heart. As the zombie is already 'dead' the removal of his heart does not affect him and he continues to talk happily after the event. There a couple of drips of blood as the heart is held but the moment is brief and there is no focus on the blood or the injury.

In other scenes the central character, Ralph, takes part in a science fiction 'shoot 'em up' video game in which soldiers fire lasers at large bug creatures who swarm over the surroundings without doing any real harm. In a comical flashback these bugs are also seen to invade a wedding and swallow the groom whole.

During a scene in which two characters are trapped in a swamp, their only hope of escape is by getting some animated ribbons to drop nearer to them by making the ribbons laugh. To do this one character is hit around the head several times, leaving him with a black eye, swollen cheek and missing tooth. However, this character can magically 'fix' everything with his hammer and when he touches it to his face he is entirely healed.


There are also some scenes of mild threat. The video game bugs swarm into a world made of candy and threaten to overrun it completely, with a young girl character appearing particularly vulnerable as they destroy everything around her. The same girl is threatened during a car race as the chief villain tries to make her crash. All these moments of threat are brief and are lightened by comic dialogue, with the girl quickly rescued by the hero.


The film also contains some mild rude humour, including jokes about 'soiling yourself' and 'peeing' in your pants.