#6: Wreck-it Ralph
There have been several imaginative and exciting animated features in theaters this year, but only Wreck-it Ralph has made my top ten. I'm at best a casual gamer, yet found the interweaving worlds of Litwak's Arcades' video games completely absorbing. From Fix-it Felix Jr. to Hero's Duty and Sugar Rush, Disney's animation team built distinct and stimulating settings inhabited by characters that were fresh yet familiar. The voice cast of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch brought a vibrant life to its characters, who unravel a touching story about self-discovery, friendship and self-sacrifice. Sure, it's filled with clever allusions to real video games, but what makes Wreck-it Ralph a standout is how beautifully writer-director Rich Moore balanced his outlandish characters with a thought-provoking and heartwarming story of a bad guy who does good.

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