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The first reviews of Wreck-It Ralph are in, and everybody seems to be in love with Disney’s charming pic about an 8-bit video game bad guy who decides to make some changes in his life.
Variety’s Peter DeBruge wrote, “With plenty to appeal to boys and girls, old and young, Walt Disney Animation Studios has a high-scoring hit on its hands in this brilliantly conceived, gorgeously executed toon, earning bonus points for backing nostalgia with genuine emotion.”
Hollywood Reporter’s critic Justin Lowe noted Pixar’s influence on the movie, and added, “Guided by executive producer John Lasseter, Walt Disney Animation Studios has clearly devoted significant resources and talent to Wreck-It Ralph, recruiting a top-notch cast and a diverse array of animation, visual effects and lighting artists to contribute to the distinct and varied vid-game styles. With a mix of retro eye-candy for grown-ups and a thrilling, approachable storyline for the tykes, the film casts a wide and beguiling net.”
The movie, which scored a 98% anticipation rate on www.rottentomatoes.com, will open on Friday, Nov. 2nd.
You can learn more about the making of this thrilling Disney movie at Animation Magazine’s Feature Films and VFX Summit program on Tuesday, October 30th at 10 a.m. Wreck-It Ralph’s effects supervisor Cesar Velazquez, vfx supervisor Scott Kersavage, director of look and lighting Adolph Lusinsky and assoc. director of look and lighting Brian Leach will discuss how they achieved the spectacular visuals and superior lighting for the movie. Last minute tickets and day passes for the event are now available here:
Why partying may be riskier than you think
Partying sounds fun. But sometimes, parties get out of hand.
Here are seven risky scenarios and ways to work around them.
1. Your friends want you to drink.
You already know that it’s illegal if you’re underage. But alcohol is often part of parties — and some teens drink so much that they put their lives at risk.
“I’ve seen people come in barely breathing, they can’t remember what happened the night before, they’ve thrown up, fell over, or peed on themselves, and ended up in the hospital with a plastic tube in their nose. There’s nothing sexy or attractive about that,” says Yale University ER doctor Darria Gillespie, MD, MBA.
And the earlier you start using alcohol or other drugs, the more likely you’ll be addicted later on, Gillespie says.
What to do: Stay calm and say no. Pretty soon, people will forget about whether or not you’re drinking. Bring your own cup to the party, filled with fruit punch and covered with a lid. That way you can say, “Thanks, I’ve got one,” and change the subject, says Amee Nash, LPC, a counselor and community educator who has worked with teens and addiction for more than 10 years.
Or blame your parents, Nash says. Try one of these lines:
- “If I do, this is the last time you’ll see me at a party.”
- “I’ll lose my car if I get caught.”
- “I was just grounded, so I don’t want to get in trouble again.”
Be aware that it wouldn’t be hard for someone to slip something into your drink, such as a date rape drug like Rohypnol or GHB. So stick to nonalcoholic drinks, pour the drink yourself, and don’t leave it unattended.
“Whatever is going to help you stay safe, do it,” Nash says.
2. You’re expected to play a risky game.
Apart from drinking games, there are some other dangerous party games you should absolutely never play.
- “Skittling” or “Pill Parties.” In this “game,” people take random pills — and that could kill them. “You can never gauge what effect you’re going to have, or how little of a medication you have to take without the potential for dying,” says Ryan Stanton, MD, medical director of the ER at the University of Kentucky Good Samaritan Hospital.
- Strangulation game. Said to increase the euphoria of already being high or drunk, choking to cut off the brain‘s oxygen source even for a few seconds can cause permanent brain damage, Gillespie says. You could suffer memory problems, difficulty with language and recognizing things, or lose function of your leg or arm, she warns. And if your brain stem is damaged, you could die or suffer brain death.
What to do: Don’t play. If you’re pressured to join in, leave. The stakes are too high.
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