Once again, Disney Animation found their way into our hearts by packing this colorful animated film with humor, excitement and their new secret ingredient – the Internet. In the sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks The Internet continues with Ralph (John C. Reilly) currently living his best life: playing games all day and drinking root beer all night with his best friend, Princess Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) of Sugar Rush. But when Sugar Rush breaks, Ralph and Vanellope has to travel through the thrilling world of the Internet to find the broken parts and save the game. As Ralph and Vanellope bounce from website to website, they meet new characters who help the duo with their quest, such as Spamley (Bill Hader), the sketchy click baiter based after pop-up ads, and the one-tough-cookie Shank (Gal Gadot), an extremely intense racer from the in-movie Grand-Theft-Auto-like racing game, Slaughter Race.
The different online realms they explore input many viral internet memes that the audience would not have enough time to catch during the first showing. All the character cameos and recognizable internet tropes surrounding the two characters could leave the viewers exhausted, but how the movie executes the embodiment of the internet (Instagram as an art gallery, Ebay as an auction house) still refreshes us with I-see-what-you-did-there. The highly anticipated Disney Princess reunion, for example, definitely did not disappoint. It was indeed brave of Disney to tackle the stereotype from helpless damsels in distress to being hero(es) of the day.
Unlike typical Disney movies, Ralph Breaks The Internet does not have a particular antagonist. Instead, the real danger comes from themselves – more particularly, their insecurities. As Ralph tries to break Vanellope’s friendship with Shank, he makes a visit to the dark web, exposing all kinds of dangers the Internet contains such as virus malwares and the most dangerous of all, online criticism. That said, even though the impactful message that the movie brings about friendship has always been a cliché lesson to impart on the audience, the accomplishments between Ralph and Venellope could this time leave the audience with joyful tears and a craving for milkshakes and pancakes.
Ralph Breaks The Internet starts playing in movie theaters November 21st and is rated PG.
Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BcYBFC6zfY