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Certification

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MPAA Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence
Certification

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • In a Sugar Rush game, cars made out of candy and sweets crash into stuff, get hit by candy balls and throw huge sweets at each other.
  • The movie is a cartoon adventure based on video games and contains numerous slapstick scenes of characters running into things and getting hit with comical objects and video game style fighting.
  • A sequence involves Ralph entering a dark, modern "first-person shooter" game called Hero's Duty. This game contains scenes of automatic gun firing, with bullets are replaced by green bursts, and explosions. These automatic weapons are used to shoot at mindless bug creatures which explode in green goo.
  • A cyborg fighter playfully rips out a zombie's heart and then returns it to him without hurt feelings.
  • In a flashback intended as comical, a female Sergent explains how a giant bug creature burst into her wedding ceremony and devoured the groom, in one non-explicit "gulp."
  • In a slapstick scene, Sergent Calhoun repeatedly punches Fix-It Felix in the face which he heals immediately using his superpower. We see his face undergo various deformities, including black eyes, missing teeth and swollen lips and face.
  • Vanellope crashes a racing cart and spits out a tooth.
  • Ralph burns his feet in lava like boiling hot diet cola but does not show lasting pain or wounds.
  • In a nightmare sequence, a character is quickly shown fading into nothingness when a video game is unplugged.
  • Characters throughout have the threat of "dying for real" if they are killed outside their own game.

Profanity

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Calhoun has a flashback from her past that shows glasses of wine.
  • Video game characters are seen drinking from martini glasses in a party sequence.
  • One of the video games in the movie is called Tapper, which involves a bartender serving mugs to customers which dialog identifies as root beer. Tapper is a real-life video game, not just from this movie, that was controversial in the 1980s because it did in fact involve beer and was sponsored by Budweiser. However, the real game developers later released a kid-friendly version called "Root Beer Tapper." The version in Wreck-It Ralph looks like the original game but calls the mugs root beer.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

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Violence & Gore

  • A character, having morphed into a bug monster, is hypnotized by a giant bug zapper and allows himself to be burnt to ash. His death is shown from a tasteful distance. By the "rules" of the movie he dies for good.

Profanity

  • Instead of sateen he's called satan.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The third act of the film is quite intense.
  • Just like old Disney films from the 1950's, Wreck-It Ralph has it's fair share of darkness and themes of death.
  • Ralph reluctantly smashes a kart that he and Vanellope built together while the latter helplessly watches and cries. The scene is very stressful and upsetting.
  • In the final scene Ralph battles a giant bug monster with the main villain's face on top, which taunts him. This scene is played for dramatic effect and does not have the same comedy as earlier fight scenes. The scene peaks when Ralph attempts to sacrifice himself by jumping into a volcano so it will activate and destroy the main bad guy. Ralph is saved at the last second by Venelope but the villain is not.
  • Though it is a dream sequence, the game being unplugged and the likeable character of Vanellope disappearing into nothing could be upsetting to some viewers.
  • When the goofy villain King Candy is revealed as the more serious villain Turbo the unnatural, glitchy transformation may be scary. His later transformation into a bug monster may also be upsetting.

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