Wreck It Ralph – The Glitch in Us

Vanellope from Wreck It Ralph

Vanellope from Wreck-It-Ralph

In a lot of people’s lives, not all, but many, there’s been a point where we wanted to fit in. Whether to a group of people, or a specific activity we considered admirable, even though we kept getting a slap in the face, or, we’re glitch-y (in someone else’s eyes). Wreck It Ralph is an important film. You do not need to play video games to enjoy this film and its crucial message. Go watch it. Spoilers ahead.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Let it be said that you and I matter! You are important in the great scheme of how the world works.

Vanellope was forced to be a glitch, unappreciated by all other racers. However, within the program, she was destined to be a Princess, in the bigger picture! Ralph, was a bad guy. Not by nature, but by label and how others viewed the job he was programmed to do. The similarity? They both have roles. Big roles, necessary roles, to function the society of the video game they are in. One common goal.

We all have a part to play, and we have our differences.

The world is big. We have different ways of seeing life. We have different political views. Different religions, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Not to mention the struggles, disabilities and everyday difficulties.

THE GLITCH

All of us, have a glitch. We are humans, and humans are imperfect. We are flawed. If there’s anything this story teaches, it is a necessity for empathy and understanding. Felix, was loved by all. Not a flaw in sight, for he’d fix it! That is, until the moment he was treated and falsely accused like a criminal, and not everything at that moment in his life, had a fix:

Felix from Wreck It Ralph

Felix from Wreck-It-Ralph

RALPH
Felix, pull yourself together.

FELIX
No, Ralph you don’t know what it’s like
to be rejected and treated like a
criminal.

RALPH
Yes, I do. That’s everyday in my life.

FELIX
It is?

RALPH
– Which is why I ran off. I tried to
be a good guy but I’m not. Just a bad
guy and I need your help.

At this moment, Felix has experienced Ralph’s point of view. A glimmer, of what he felt. But that was enough to change Felix’s outlook. Later in the story, the Nicelanders, understanding what it feels for their game to be out of service, took it upon themselves to help some others who were in the same position as they themselves once were. Ralph in the film says:

RALPH
The Nicelanders are being nice to me.
And you know that got me thinking about
those poor guys left without a game.
So here’s what we did…

RALPH
…We ask them to help us out
in the bonus level.

THERE’S NO ONE I’D RATHER BE… THAN ME

Our experiences shape our character, something I mentioned in my previous post.

We, much like Ralph and all other video game characters, chose not where in the world we’d be born. We were born, and we are to live life and fill it with as many experiences as life allows, with the setbacks we have.

Wreck-It-Ralph teaches the important moral lesson of the wrongness of judgement, prejudice and segregation. With all that has happened recently, let us take a moment to look around us, to look out for someone else. If we are not careful, our metaphorical chase of medals of recognition can remove us of the most important message.

Self-worth.

By helping Vanellope, over obtaining his medal, he gained a priceless gift. So take your time. Look around, because the person next to you, different as they may be, might be just the answer to what you are looking for.

Ralph from Wreck It Ralph

Ralph from Wreck-It-Ralph

RALPH (V.O.)
Turns out, I don’t need a medal to tell
me I’m a good guy. ‘Cause if that
little kid likes me, how bad can I be?

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