I probably haven’t mentioned this before, but Beardy Boyfriend is a bit older than me. Not that much older, mind you, but the age difference is greatly exaggerated because I grew up in America and Beardy Boyfriend grew up in Ireland (his stories of growing up in Ireland sometimes remind me of my grandmother’s stories of growing up in rural North Carolina.) As a result, Beardy Boyfriend is deeply fond of some of the retro video games which were popular in the early 90s. While as a Disney movie, Wreck-It Ralph is technically a movie aimed at children, it will certainly instil a lot of nostalgia for young parents – Pac-man, as well as several characters from the original Street Fighter make appearances.
Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the villain of a video game greatly reminiscent of Donkey Kong. Wreck-It Ralph is the villain in a video game called Fix It Felix Jr, where the player’s objective is to use Felix Jr’ (Jack McBrayer)’s magic hammer to repair the wrecking damage done by Ralph. While Ralph doesn’t mind his job so much, the real problem for him is that after work, he’s still alienated by the residents of the apartment block he wrecks (while he is banished to live in the dump.) One day, Ralph decides to prove to the residents that he too can be a hero and win a medal, a quest which brings him to the first person shooter game populated by Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) and the Mario-Kart like racer game of Sugar Rush, with spunky wannabe racer Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). Ralph sets out to help Vanellope become a racer in order to win a gold medal to bring back to Fix it Felix, Jr.
I know several parents who weren’t that happy with it, because they didn’t enjoy the references to video games. I’m not really a gamer and I still thought it was adorable. Kids will enjoy it because it’s a typical Disney movie (with a Disney heart), but it’s self aware enough that adults will as well.
The game Sugar Rush takes place in an amazing candy coated wonderland – which unsurprisingly put me in mind for a sweet, delicious piece of candy! I decided to make a bubblegum marshmallow – perfect for the world of sugar rush. It was amazingly simple to just add bubblegum frosting creations to this marshmallow recipe.
Whip the gelatin, water, corn syrup and sugar for five minutes on medium speed.
Mix in the bubble gum flavour powder.
Let it sit overnight and then cut up. It’s incredibly addictive and bubblegum-ish!
Wreck-It Ralph is in UK cinemas and available on DVD in the US now…