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An Early Look at Disney’s “Wreck-it Ralph”

                From the first peek of “Wreck-It Ralph”, Disney’s newest animated feature, it seems that a lot of buttons are being pushed for children of the 1980s and 1990s. Just the trailers feature cameos from Bowser of Super Mario Bros. fame and a Pac Man ghost, both of whom appear in a “Bad Anon” meeting being visited for the first time by our titular villain… or is he really a hero? As Disney sets out to answer this question, audiences come into the theater wondering—can a movie with references to older video games but meant for younger audiences appeal to everyone? The answer seems to be a resounding yes.

                The references aren’t overwhelming enough to make the movie incomprehensible to anybody who isn’t well versed in video game culture. In fact, they act more as “easter eggs”; when you catch them you feel as if you’re in on a little secret along with the filmmakers. The relationship between the older main character and his childish sidekick is in itself enough to draw older and younger members of the audience together.

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But the film does far more than gather people of all ages together for a fun flick. It’s a good look at growing up for adults and children alike. Grown-ups will understand what it means to come to terms with your life and what you’ve chosen to do with yourself, and how to find relevance in a world that seems more and more geared towards younger individuals. Kids will get what it’s like to be the outcast, and just about everybody knows what it’s like to feel like a “glitch”.

                “Wreck-It Ralph” could have been an enjoyable movie even if it was just a look at video games and video game culture. The fact that the filmmakers have done more and delivered a film with a lot of heart, and that can be enjoyed by everyone, speaks volumes for the direction that Disney is moving in. If they continue to produce films of this quality we could be moving into a new golden era in Disney Animation.

Teen Cinema: What to Expect Post-Twilight

The end of an era fast approaches with the upcoming release of the final instalment of the “Twilight” saga. “Breaking Dawn: Part Two” completes the tale of Bella Swan, now Bella Cullen, who over the course of four films has found and fought for true love, and has now become a vampire and, more importantly, a mother who is determined to fight for the lives of her new family, her friends, and her child. The film is certain to be a wild success—but what comes next in teen cinema?

The Hunger Games” is already set to be the immediate successor to the throne that “Twilight” will soon relinquish. The film series, starring Jennifer Lawrence, is an action-packed alternative to the saga and stars Jennifer Lawrence as a young woman fighting for her life and, ultimately, for an entire country of people who have been oppressed by a fearful regime. But “The Hunger Games” is not the only teen series in production at the moment, and it will have to fight for the top spot as several other films stand waiting in the wings to take over as the biggest teen flick. If you Need Money for the cinema, you better get it now! There are many great films to come in the near future.EndersWorld_Final_800x1200

One highly anticipated feature is the “Mortal Instruments” series which begins with “City of Bones”, telling the story of a young girl from New York who is thrust into a fearsome underworld of vampires, demons, and other horrifying monsters when she encounters a team of demon hunters led by the attractive and dangerous Jace. A strange secret threatens the burgeoning love affair between these two teens. “City of Bones” could very likely overtake “Twilight” with its dark themes and its mysterious antihero.

Then there is, of course, “Ender’s Game”, based on the book of the same name. The original novel has been a classic since it was originally released twenty years ago and it is predicted that this will take the coveted spot of teen films geared towards young men, a spot that has been suspicious vacant since Twilight-mania took over with the release of the first movie.

Whatever the next reigning champion is in the fight for top teen flick, it seems certain that teen cinema is here to stay as one of the biggest genres in film.