Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

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9.0 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 9/10

Smart look at the online culture

Disney so it can't be too scathing

Movie Info

Movie Name: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios/Walt Disney Pictures

Genre(s): Animated/Action/Adventure/Comedy/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Family

Release Date(s):  November 5, 2018 (Premiere)/November 21, 2018 (US)

MPAA Rating: PG

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Ralph’s headed to some dark places…just remember, don’t read the comments!

Ralph and Vanellope are like peas and carrots…they cannot be separated and they do everything together.  While Ralph loves the routine, Vanellope wishes that her world of Sugar Rush had more variety leading to an accident when Ralph tries to give it to her.  Now, Ralph and Vanellope are headed to the new world of the internet to try to save Sugar Rush…but when Vanellope discovers a world called Slaughter Race, it could threaten the friendship and the entire online community.

Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, Ralph Breaks the Internet is a family animated action, fantasy comedy and the fifty-seventh Disney animated feature.  Following Disney’s Moana in 2016, the movie is a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph from 2012.  It was received positive reviews and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

I enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph a lot as a fan of video games.  The trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet wasn’t that inspired, but I still wanted to see the movie.  I was pleasantly surprised by Ralph Breaks the Internet because for a Disney kids’ movie, it was as scathing as it could be.

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Vanellope, I hope in the end you make your own decision and just don’t do what Ralph wants you to do

The movie at its core is a typical Disney movie about friendship and love and letting go, etc., etc.  Ralph Breaks the Internet however is best when it is a commentary about the online community.  Everyone is in the targets of the movie and they aren’t always kind.  You have a Grand Theft Auto inspired online game, the dark web, and creepy users who tear down people and are easily manipulated.  The movie also pokes fun at the Disney format through princesses who criticize being helpless (they save Ralph but ultimately Ralph decides to “let Vanellope go” which kind of backtracks that message of liberated female leads…a bit of a cop-out).

The cast remains solid with John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman continue to add heart to the story and Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, and Bill Hader are additions to the film as online characters.  Ed O’Neill, Jane Lynch, and Jack McBrayer return in smaller roles as part of the arcade and John DiMaggio (who voiced Bearded Papa in Wreck-It Ralph) plays the insecurity virus.  There is also a non-voiced Stan Lee cameo in the film as an internet user.

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They should have just broke into “Let It Go” here…

Wreck-It Ralph looked good, and Ralph Breaks the Internet has improved marginally since technology has marginally improved.  It would have been kind of interesting to see a bit of a clash of visuals due to differences in graphics from the 1980s to today, but that really wasn’t part of Wreck-It Ralph’s basic storyline so it wouldn’t have made much sense…it was nice to throw in a Tron reference since I feel Tron was a big inspiration on the series in general.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (which even as the trailer pointed out, I wish it had just been Ralph Wrecks the Internet), is a fun movie.  Though it was good and a really strong “Best Animated Feature” contender, it wasn’t as inspired as Spider-Man:  Into the Spider-Verse which ended up beating it…but in a normal year, it maybe would deserve the award.  If you enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph, you might actually like this even more.  Disney follows Ralph Breaks the Internet with Frozen 2 in 2019.

Related Links:

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

The 91st Academy Award Nominations

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
Follow me on Twitter/Instagram/Letterboxd @JPRoscoe76! Loves all things pop-culture especially if it has a bit of a counter-culture twist. Plays video games (basically from the start when a neighbor brought home an Atari 2600), comic loving (for almost 30 years), and a true critic of movies. Enjoys the art house but also isn't afraid to let in one or two popular movies at the same time.

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