The majority of the movie actually takes place in Sugar Rush. It has almost as many confectionary references as there are video game references in the entire film with some classic sweets and some surprising contemporary ones. It's here that he meets Vanellope von Schweetz an exiled kart race driver. How they work together and help each other in achieving their respective goals as the emotional part of the narrative that makes Wreck-It-Ralph one of the best CGI films in recent years.
While the first 15 minutes of the movie hits you with a steady stream of video game references, it would be unwise to expect the film to sustain that kind of output for rest of its 110 minute running time. Again, none of the industry nods feel forced, and to reveal any of them in this review would spoil the experience. If that weren't enough, the thoughtful casting of John C. Reilly as Ralph and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope is complemented by the guest appearance of video game voice actors who reprise their familiar game character roles.
By focusing on the universal themes of friendship, the search for identity, and being true to oneself, the video game setting and references are actually secondary to Wreck-It-Ralph's appeal. Still, it is a fun, nostalgia-laden ride that goes well into the credits, putting it in a tie with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World as the best video game movie to date.