Ralph Breaks The Internet

The Plot:

Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) bask in the success of both their lives and friendship. Working all day in their video game and then hanging out sipping root beer at night.

Yet, their idyllic world is upset when Vanellope’s game, “Sugar Rush” breaks. Unable to find a reasonably priced replacement, Vanellope and her fellow racers become displaced – maybe permanently!

Ralph is determined to help his best friend, so he and Vanellope set out to find the vintage part on the Internet.

Their journey into the World Wide Web will help define their relationship and expand their horizons.

Kent’s Take:

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is the sequel to the 2012 animated hit, “Wreck-It Ralph,” which followed Ralph as he searched for his self-esteem and an identity. In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Ralph and Vanellope have found their place to call home. Ralph loves his predictable lifestyle, but Vanellope looks for a bit more excitement – and boy, does the internet provide that.

This charming and hilarious story follows these two friends six years after their first adventure. The strength of Disney planning and execution is shown in setting up this story about friendship and its meaning. The subtlety in this animated feature is fantastic. As this layered story unfolds, the pair learns important lessons regarding honesty, sharing your feelings and thoughtfulness.

The message and themes of this film create a warm and worthy core, but it’s the rest of the film that will make it a success. The vibrant colors and smart animation brings the Internet to life in animated 3D form. Internet users appear as 3D Nintendo Miis while web locations are buildings with the company logos (Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc). Even spam is represented in the film as little people hawking their link as a sign they carry.

As Ralph and Vanellope arrive to the Web, they display their innocence as well as their common sense in pointing out some of the ludicrous offerings in the web. Disney Animation also balances the wonder of the World Wide Web with the dark, seamy side of the internet. At one point Ralph experiences trolling while Vanellope finds herself driving in an ultraviolet racing game named “Slaughter Race.” Some of the most memorable segments are the moments with Disney princesses in offering Vanellope sage advice, they, ridicule themselves, their films and even give a hilarious poke at Pixar – GENIUS! In fact, they should consider animating an entire film about the Disney princesses in a setting outside their individual stories.

Animation has improved within the last 7 years and it shows in the improved animations of Ralph and Vanellope. Both characters’ bodies are more supple and move realistically and their facial expressions, especially Vanellope’s, are remarkable. In addition, the animation of Shank (Gal Gadot), a Boss character in “Slaughter Race” gives both a slap-on-the-wrist to the violence and props to the realistic animation of video games.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is a heartfelt, sincere story dipped in a sweet coating of laughs and action, making this film a perfect treat for those looking for a memorable Sugar Rush.