Pretty sure it’s this guy riiiiight here.
Clearly John Lasseter has Disney’s writers reading up on the classics: The Incredibles was Randian, Ratatouille was Proustian, Up was existential and now the non-Pixar Ralph has distinctly absurdist flavor, immediately calling to mind Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus.
For those that don’t know this is what it’s about (taken from Wikipedia):
In the essay, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man’s futile search for meaning, unity, and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world devoid of God and eternal truths or values. Does the realization of the absurd require suicide? Camus answers: “No. It requires revolt.” He then outlines several approaches to the absurd life. The final chapter compares the absurdity of man’s life with the situation of Sisyphus, a figure of Greek mythology who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The essay concludes, “The struggle itself […] is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
… This is some deep shit.
Don’t forget Vanellope
And Vanellope’s status as a glitch and her various digital malfunctions place her as a very, very sad character indeed. She spends her nights hiding out in the unfinished track for her unfinished level, cuddling up with candy wrappers as her blankets as she dreams about the day that she’ll finally get to race. She’s like a physically disabled and orphaned undocumented ten-year old with delusions of grandeur. So, you know, not your typical Disney heroine.
And then they had to kill the mood by complaining about the toilet humor.
COME ON THAT’S NOTHING COMPARED TO ALL THE PHILOSOPHICAL SHIT THIS MOVIE IS DOING YOU GUYS.
Feel free to reblog this with your own thoughts.
If you don’t want the film spoiled for you, don’t go past 44.
Omg I didn’t listen. I should have listened. I just couldn’t stop reading! I read 45 and I was like, okay big deal, that’s something that could potentially be in a future trailer even. Like pft. Then I read 47 and was like awwww, sad, but it’s already out there that the characters in Sugar Rush are jerks and that Vanellope is an outcast.
…Then I read 48.
AND NOW I’M IN A REALLY BAD MOOD! CANNOT UNREAD CANNOT UNREAD!
I DIDN’T WANT TO KNOW! I DIDN’T WANT TO KNOW!
Me and Jamie were in the WIR tinychat all day, and it wasn’t long before I started telling her about MY backstory for how the character of Wreck-It Ralph truly came to be. Her friends sugessted I post it here on tumblr, so that’s just what I’m going to do. It’s basically a long block of text, so check it out under the cut.
WARNING: INSANE AMOUNTS OF WRECK-IT RALPH ANGST AND FEELS AHEAD.