Is there seriously another Disney Essence debate derailing this thread? Seriously? I know I have participated in a few in the past, but...God.
Disney Duster wrote:
Well...I guess an 8-bit video game character could never be thought of as able to do all the things Ralph does, including jumping out of said game into...the real world, and then other video games? He's not a robot. So...it sounds like it might be really obvious he has a real life in him with real emotions, not simulated video life. So...that's good. Of course, you know me, I'd rather some Disney magic specifically makes him come to life, but...well hopefully this will feel like it has the metaphoric Disney magic anyway.
Let me tell you something, Duster - it's not the content or the plot details or the changes from source material that matters, it's the technique the filmmakers use. I don't care if Ralph is brought to life by the Disney Essence or not; I care about whether I will like him, and whether I will relate to him. It doesn't matter if something has fairies, princesses and magic in; it's whether the animation, dialogue, voice work, music and direction are good. You don't love Cinderella because it has magic and fairies, you love it because it has well-animated magic, good music and good characterisation. In a Disney film, it's irrelevant whether magic is involved; what matters is whether the film is of good quality. Technique will always, always, always be better than content when it comes to films, books...any stories. This even applies to music - does it matter if Strauss, Handler or Beethoven were doing something related to Christ or romance or death? No, it matters if their music is well-written, powerful and memorable. Whether Wreck-It Ralph will be good or not will be determined by the way the story is shown and developed, not the details in what it's about.