Why Wreck It Ralph Isn't Completely Original, and Why That's Absolutely OK!
Before I say anything about this topic, I WILL say that Wreck It Ralph looks amazing, sounds amazing, and I WILL be going to see this movie day one in November. The characters are likeable, the cameos are amazing, and this movie is going to be a gem.
Now, that being said, I honestly don't think Wreck It Ralph is an original concept. Here's why:
The basic premise is the same. Villian is sick of being a bad guy and want's to be something more. From what I can understand on youtube, Mauvais Role was posted in 2007, so that predates Wreck It Ralph by quite a stretch. Maybe Disney copied the formula, maybe they didn't but here's the thing. Regardless of whether or not Wreck It Ralph came from Mauvais Role or not is irrelivent. Here's why:
1. Disney was rarely 100% original to begin with, but it never stopped them from success.
Sad but true. A LOT of the most treasured movies are nothing more than folklore being shoved though the Disney filter. Was it unoriginal... well perhaps, but that's debatable. Dinsey certianlly didn't keep 100% true to the original stories that they remixed and remastered for children. A lot of these stories had some really weird twist or sad ending. But that's something about Disney that I really liked. Their stories ended on a happy ending. Looking back on the old movies I grew up with, it's something I deeply miss. Movies and video games nowadays seem to be all about the inevitable tragedy, or hard-boiling of a character (See this week's Extra Credits for understanding of that term.) Personally, I'm getting sick of that. Life is already dark, cruel, and mean-spirited enough, why do fictional worlds also have to be as such? Perhaps that's why I couldn't care less about U.S. modern gaming trends, and gravitate towards games like Little Big Planet, Mario, and so on. I need some joy damnit!
The same goes for Wreck It Ralph. Yeah Mauvais Role came out first, but the genre was a bit different. The big demon guy had to look around a LOT to find a place where he fit in, but he never really suffered all that much. We never got to sympathise with him much mostly due to the time given for the short film. We just kind of giggled while he pushed though to find the right place.
Wreck It Ralph is going to be very different in this regard. We are going to whitness first hand Ralph's struggle and transformation.
We are going to have time and the cinimatic resources to really get into Ralph as a character, sympathise with him more, and be all the more happy when he (hopefully) is triumphant. THIS is the Disney formula, and it is timeless. While Mauvais Role did it first, Wreck It Ralph is going to give us a better chance and a bigger story to sympathize and love the main character.
2. Very few movies are original to begin with.
This blog is getting long so I'll make this point fast. Wreck It Ralph may be an altered copy of Mauvais Role, but really, how many good movies can you recall that were TOTALLY original (sequles to original franchises don't count). Then again, who cares? A good movie is a good movie is a good movie. Don't believe me?
And The Last Samurai is my favorite movie too! Still a ripoff.
What, you want more? Ok.
Yeah, I went there.
This isn't to bash on the above movies (Well maybe Ant Bully a little), but the point here is that something that is good does NOT have to be original. Look at our favorite games, Mario, Kirby, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, God of War, a lot of these great games are repeating formulas, but if it ain't broke, DON'T FIX IT! No matter where you look, trends always copy and repeat. It's not a bad thing at all. A timeless tale is still going to be just as good in any remastered format so long as care and attention is brought to the movie, game, book, whatever. That's why I believe Wreck It Ralph isn't quite original, but I think it will be better than it's predicessor.
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That's what Wreck-It Ralph needs. A Crash Bandicoot Reference
I hate it when people whine about something not being original. It's 2012, almost nothing is original anymore. Everything draws inspiration from something else and it usually shows. What matters is the quality of the product being made. I look forward to Wreck It Ralph, it looks hilarious and the animation looks amazing.
:( I'm sorry. Now I feel bad...
i wanted to do that post >_< i guess i wasn't fast inough :(
Honestly, the first show I thought of after viewing the 'Wreck It Ralph' trailer was 'Reboot'. Which was kinda funny since it was Disney that got 'Reboot' kicked off of ABC back in the day.
Further proof that Execution and Implementation should matter way more than originality.
Hope more Anime can actually follow this.
Mauvius. I would doubt Disney would be on here. >.>
It's up at the top of the blog. ^_^
Ben, are you basing that on the books, the BR Manga or the Movies? THG is far too similar in plot, love story , beating the system , forcing children to fight , using it as punishment from "The Man" to NOT be seen as anything other than a reskinned Western knock off. When its SO similar (bar having all the children not know each other and making the main character female) you cannot escape it. Im curious, you mention its purpose, should we assume THG's is: Capitalism is bad, sexism is bad , the media is bad. (and please by all means elaborate what you meant by it :o) which is almost exactly the same as BR, well bar the sexism, but they give a mental female a scythe who goes around raping and killing a good number of people. So really they had the same purpose imo? unless we are being cynical and saying the purpose is to cash in on a semi popular series of books.
Moviebob did a pretty good job explaining why a movie being formulaic or having a plot that's been done before isn't always a bad thing.
Reminds me of Mariks Evil Council, lol.
and Ferngully is the best of the dances with wolves clones, it's fun, got a great villain and the songs are memorable
At this point in time, so many things have been created, we just have to evaluate what's in front of us for what it is: entertainment.
I agree. Same thing goes for video games as well.
Hence the reason it irks me so much when people complain that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a God of War ripoff.
Something else that is Mauvais Role didn't deal with is one of the main themes that Wreck-It Ralph is likely going to go into is the evolution of gaming. Going off of what you said, we don't get a feel for the transition of the character as he jumps between games; Ralph however, is going from an arcade game to modern games. Take one of the lines from the trailer, "When did video games become so violent?!" This is a very big platform for Disney to take about the course of the industry from simple games like Q-bert to modern shooters and everything else in-between. So on top of trying to find his place in other games, Ralph may be trying to come to terms with how games themselves have changed.
Original concept? No, but it still makes for good storytelling.
Thanks Ben. That was really insightful.
Probably because Disney doesn't approve of his bear wrestling antics. That or maybe it's a reference to that god-awful Van-Damme Street Fighter movie, where he served M. Bison.
People have some strange ideas about the concept of "originality." If even one element is similar to another story, it's written off as a rip-off, which is such a dumb mentality to have. I think part of it is because when some people watch a movie they don't think about the movie's PURPOSE, only the PREMISE, which kind of defeats the point of storytelling in the first place. It's like how the whole "Hunger Games is just like Battle Royale" kinda ticked me off cause they have completely different purposes.
Looking at your Dances with Wolves example, despite people writing them off as copycats EVERY single one of those is an original story (even Pocahontus, despite being VERY loosely based on two other stories) The logline has similarities, sure, but judging a movie by its logline is exactly like judging a book by its cover.