Ralph Breaks the Internet

I’M GONNA WRECK IT!!!!!! and give it a good review.

I attended an NYICFF screening of “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and I needed to make sure there weren’t that many glitches. There are a few, but we’ll get to that later. It’s the 6-year-old sequel to the 2012 Disney animated hit “Wreck-it Ralph,” and I admired that film for its heart and visual world of video game arcade characters.

In this sequel, Ralph (voiced once again by John C. Reilly), the villain of “Fix-it Felix,” and Vanellope (voiced once again by Sarah Silverman), the Glitchy racer travel to the Internet in search of a missing piece for Vanellope’s racing game “Sugar Rush.”

The Internet is filled with wondrous elements. The fast-walking people (known as Netizens) are practically avatars of us going on the computer. There’s also a Disney site, where Vanellope hangs out with the famed Princesses (with the likes of Jodi Benson, Linda Larkin, Idina Menzel, Paige O’Hara, and Mandy Moore, among others reprising their iconic roles), who look like Disney Infinity characters. It also has its own version of YouTube, called “BuzzTube,” where the head algorithm Yesss (voiced by Taraji P. Henson) sees Ralph as an Internet sensation. And there’s a racing game called “Slaughter Race,” where Ralph and Vanellope try to steal the gang leader Shank’s (voiced by Gal Gadot) car for money.

They need the money to pay for the replacement piece, but Vanellope feels like her game is running out of tracks. She wants to expand her horizons, and that’s what this movie does best.

The few glitches I’m referring to involves Fix-it Felix (voiced by Jack McBrayer) and Sergeant Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch) getting less screen time. They have to take in Vanellope’s fellow racers, while the game is shut down, but their story is just treated like a cameo. And there’s a turning point scene I didn’t really like, but that’s a minor thing. I meant to take that “Fixer Upper” lyric.

But “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” created once more by Rich Moore and Phil Johnson (the two also behind “Zootopia”), continues the story by allowing the two main characters to see the world, and learn important life lessons about friendship. It should definitely teach kids about that. In fact, during the last ten minutes, I was in tears.

The animation is imaginative in countless ways, the new characters look and feel great, the humor is eclectic, the voice-acting is fun, and the heart keeps you breathing. This is a good-hearted sequel that obviously costs more than a quarter.


Categories: Adventure, Animation, comedy, Family, Sequel

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