“Ralph Breaks the Internet”, the sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph” has the honour of being only the second sequel ever in the long history of Disney to stand as part of their “Disney Classics” series; the films which are made by Walt Disney Animation Studios which started with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” in 1937. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is the 57th addition to this long running series, and while animation and humour have changed in the years since Walt Disney first put pen to paper, Disney’s films continue to spark joy and laughter among kids and adults alike, and this film is no different.
Here, we meet back up with Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) as their friendship from the first film remains as strong as ever. However, when Ralph attempts to help Vanellope make the video game in which she lives more exciting, he causes more harm than good (well, his first name is Wreck-It, after all) and their only hope is to leave the comfort of their arcade game universe, and head out into the world wide web.
While Disney traditionally leave pop culture references out of their films, the “Wreck-It Ralph” series allows them the opportunity to embrace that side of things, and given the fact that Disney owns Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars, they have more than enough material to choose from and they put it all to great use here. To give away any would spoil some of the best jokes in the film, but there’s a lot of fun to be had keeping an eye on what’s going on in the background. In addition, as seen in the trailer, we also see a lot of the classic Disney Princesses out of their usual element, in what is one of the standout moments of the film. Like all Disney films, it’s not all comedy as there are some bittersweet moments along the way as Ralph and Vanellope learn about friendship, and how being afraid to let someone go can just drive them further away. Hopefully in the middle of all the bright lights and big laughs, kids will be able to pick up on this message.
As with Disney’s output since “Tangled”, the animation and voice acting are second to none. As well as Reilly and Silverman returning, we also have coming back to the fold, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, and Ed O’Neill. They’re joined here by Alan Tudyk (who was in the original, but is voicing a new character here), Alfred Molina, and Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot. All the new voices are welcome additions, and help to expand the universe of the film further.
The success of this film has meant that there are whispers of another film on the way at some stage, and it would be a nice if this series were to be finished off as a trilogy. In the meantime, turn your own Wi-Fi off, fire this film in your DVD/Blu Ray player, get the family together, and have a great night in.
These are the inspired and honest words of our Kevin Dillon, @kevinwritestuff.
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