Ralph Breaks The Internet: Would you like some E-Puns With That?

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Dan Davis

Film Review

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Would you like some E-Puns With That?

Film Review

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    Disney’s been making a lot of animated theatrical sequels lately. Just about every one of their animated hits has gotten a follow-up that isn’t straight to video, but if they’re as enjoyable, and as good, as Ralph Breaks The Internet, the six year follow-up to Wreck-It-Ralph (2012), then, we needn’t worry about the quality. Ralph Breaks The Internet, thanks to talented people involved, is one spectacularly fun adventure throughout the web.

    Ralph and his new best friend, Vanellope, discover a wifi router in their arcade after the controller for the arcade game, Sugar Rush, breaks, and they go on a quest through the internet to discover the only remaining controller for the machine left on eBay. Along the way, they encounter a myriad of pop culture references, internet videos, and just about every major property that Disney owns under the sun. In some ways, a lot of the culture being represented could be potentially considered outdated, but the way the film handles it, is all sorts of clever. There’s a lot of take on internet culture, most of it obvious, but a lot of it is very funny. There are a lot of new characters as well, including an awesome extreme car driver named Shank, voiced by Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman, 2017), who comes from an amusing parody of Twisted Metal named Slaughter Race, and Yesss, an algorithm that determines trending Youtube videos voiced by Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures, 2016).

    Disney didn’t spare any expenses and the film features a boatload of Disney references from Star Wars, Marvel, and even Disney princesses who are featured in a scene with Vanellope. This fun, humorous sequence is followed by a Disney parody song. Disney  may be flaunting it’s intellectual properties in this film and implying, “Look what we’ve got!”, but the product placement will either amuse or annoy you. It didn’t feel overwhelming when compared to the final product. Personally, I thought most of it was clever, and in particular, I got a laugh out of how they used Fortnite to describe video game walkthroughs.

    The animation is crisp and detailed, and there’s a lot of creativity on display. As you might expect, the web is brimming with cool images from Ralph doing cat videos, pretending to be Bob Ross, and do everything that is hip and trendy in today’s society. The worlds they visit are incredibly creative, and like the first Ralph Film, you can see video game characters like Sonic The Hedgehog, Chun-Li,  M. Bison.

    The movie is also surprisingly more emotional than the first, with a strong moral message about friendship, particularly regarding Ralph and Vanellope. This made me appreciate the film more and its where a large majority of the film’s strength lies.

    Ralph Breaks The Internet is a fun follow-up to Wreck-It Ralph (2012). I’m not sure if it’s as good as the first, but it does provide solid entertainment, and has good themes that everyone,, children and parents alike,  can enjoy. Highly recommended.

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