Pixar generally makes great, family-friendly, thoughtful and massively entertaining movies. Like, they do it consistently. So there’s no surprise that Pixar’s new movie Wreck-It Ralph looks fantastic — it’s that’s a large portion of it is devoted to nerds.
Yep, the evil classic arcade bad guy tires of being a bad guy and decides to job-hop through a variety of videogames, new and old. If you don’t feel a twinge of nerdy pleasure at seeing Zangief, M. Bison, a Pac-Man ghost, Dr. Robotnik and Bowser all hanging out at a videogame villain support group, well, you’re probably on the wrong website (because you looking for pictures of “topless robots,” undoubtedly). What’s already obvious is that while there’s clearly going to be a great deal of humor for older/adult nerds — because what child knows what the hell Q-bert is anymore? — Pixar is talented enough to have younger audiences feel the humor of the reference, even if they have no idea about the specifics of the reference. Anyways, I expect Wreck-It here to earn a jillion dollars.
Ironically, I also expect the videogame adaptation of the movie to be incredibly awful, but let’s not worry about that right now.
Update:So it’s not a Pixar movie, just a regular Disney animation. My bad. But I don’t feel like rewriting the whole damn thing, so please accept this as my correction.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.