By Greg Sorvig |
October 31, 2012 |
From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore comes Wreck-It Ralph, a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day—but can he do it in time?
One word the Truly Moving Picture Award jury kept using at this screening was “creative.” The way Ralph’s video game world was actualized was an impressive achievement with plenty of warmth. For many members, certain elements of the film brought back memories of The Wizard of Oz and Toy Story. Even though this isn’t a film our jury thought would be intended for adults, at the end Ralph won them over thanks to its sweet story about learning how to be okay with who you are.
By Greg Sorvig |
August 15, 2012 |
The latest recipient of the Truly Moving Picture Award is a magical tale that warmed the hearts of our jury. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is about a married couple who wish for a child more than anything. One night after a few glasses of wine, they decide to write down attributes of what they would want their perfect child to have. Things like a sense of humor, the ability to “rock” and to be the one in the family to score the winning goal (see clip below).
They bury their box of paper, but during the night, fortune intervened. A boy appears from the dirt and he says his name is Timothy. He calls them “mom” and “dad” and is everything they’ve ever wanted from a child. Also he has leaves growing out of his ankles. Maybe he’s really magic, who knows?
Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play the new parents of Timothy with warmth and surprise. They have wanted to be parents for so long and now that a child has arrived fully formed. This leads to them trying to figure out the best way to raise a child right away through trial and error, as they’re careful of the path they take, since wishes come true. They become overprotective, but everything they do is from genuine love for Timothy.
Timothy also inspires the town through his kindness. Dianne Wiest plays a grumpy museum curator, Rosemary DeWitt is a sister who brags too much about her children’s accomplishments, and David Morse is a father who doesn’t know how to show his support towards his family. Even though people make mistakes, Timothy is able to show that no one is alone. He also experiences an innocent young love with a girl as they go into the woods to discover the beauty of nature.
The Truly Moving Picture Award jury was in awe of the beauty of the cinematography and the music. Its story about new parents and their magical child was moving to the point where there were a few tears in the audience once the movie was over. One juror said the movie is “just plain sweet and happy with a message of hope and goodness.”
The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a family film about families and the positivity that can create for an entire community.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green is playing nationwide starting August 15th. It is rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language.
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