Director: Rich Moore. Cast (voices): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch. 108 min. Rated PG. Animation.
Another pleasant surprise. I thought this story of a depressed arcade game bad guy who after 30 years wants out, to become the game's good guy, will just be another homage to 80s pop culture. But then Sarah Silverman's character (as a computer "glitch") shows up, and flips the entire film on its head, creating one of the most memorable animated characters in recent years. A few unexpected and plausible (at least in a cartoon's world) story twists at the end, make this a possible Oscar winner for Best Animation.