Tis the Season

Hope you like the new pic.  I’m thinking I may keep it around for a bit.  The whole new pic every day thing seems rather exhausting, in the light of day.

But it is the season, and we’ve been going full force in our house.  We’ve got the Christmas tree up.  Gretchen created a cool series of pockets, which hold treats or toys or whatever, for our advent calendar.  We’ve got an elf named Frisbee who keeps popping up in random locations around the house.  Christmas music keeps getting played.  And we’ve already watched The Grinch, with an Elf viewing around the corner.

I have to admit, I’m actually rather excited.

In the midst of all of this, my daughter’s still been fighting a bit of a naughty streak.  So, yesterday, after hearing that she had finally had a day filled with ‘good choices’ at school, I offered to take her on a date.  She chose going to see a movie, so we went out to see Wreck-It Ralph.

It was a lot of fun getting out to see a movie with my daughter.  Ever since the day she was born (okay, probably since the day I first heard she was on her way) I have dreamed about having weekly movie dates at the cheap-o theater downtown with my kids.  In fact, if they had been playing a good movie down there last night (and I didn’t have some free passes to use up), I would have gone down there.  But, of course, as soon as my daughter was finally old enough to sit through a movie quietly, the boy came along, which has kept the regular date night from occurring.  Perhaps now that he’s a bit more self-sufficient, we can make it happen. I don’t know.

But Wreck-It Ralph. . . I have to admit, when I first saw the trailer for this movie, an alcoholics-anonymous-type meeting for video game bad guys, I didn’t really pay too much attention.  I assumed it was just some silly collegehumor-type video.  It was amusing, but you know, didn’t really expect much from it.

As time went on, more and more trailers of it appeared and I finally realized at some point that this was, in fact, an impending movie.  Not only a movie, but a Disney flick.  I tend to like Disney flicks. . .

So, yeah, what I’m getting at is, I was kind of excited to go see this movie.  I mean, it has cameos from PAC-MAN, Bowser, Sonic, Dr. Robotnik (or Dr. Eggman for non-English folks), and even Q-bert!

The reality of the film was more than I really expected from it.  Sure, it contained a wealth of video game inside jokes, such as the “Aerith Lives” graffiti that littered all the train station walls.  But this movie contained a fantastic story, one that rang true, even with characters who didn’t have full motion animation coded into their programming (well, depending on the characters’ video game).

It’s a great flick, filled with some wonderful surprises.  I just found myself wishing that they hopped into more games than they did.

Of course, now I want to hop down to the local Tapper game for a pint. . .

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