Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph and his best friend Vanellope enter the Internet, hoping to find a steering wheel and thereby saving the arcade game that is home to Vanellope and many other game characters… The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph (2012) is an improvement on the original, throwing its characters into an Internet that takes physical form, providing brilliant ways to have fun with our online culture, as well as a few serious moments, such as the kind-hearted Ralph discovering hatred on social media. Gorgeously designed in 3D; the adventure is engaging enough, frequently boosted by tons of clever Disney in-jokes. Best part: All the princesses.

2018-U.S. Animated. 112 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Clark Spencer. Directed by Phil Johnston, Rich Moore. Screenplay: Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon. Voices of John C. Reilly (Ralph), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope), Gal Gadot (Shank), Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch… Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Tim Allen, Brad Garrett, Bill Hader, Vin Diesel, Kelly Macdonald, Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore.

Trivia: Co-executive produced by John Lasseter. Most of the Disney princesses are voiced by their original actors.

Last word: “It was sort of a two-part thing. One is that we learned that copyright law and fair use says we can use [names of media companies] in our film without getting permission. And the reason we wanted to do that is because we wanted it to feel like the real internet that we use every day. And so we followed the first film, where we used ‘Pac-Man’ and ‘Street Fighter’ and stuff like that, while also spending most of the movie in games we made up. So it’s a similar kind of composition in this one, where there’s Google and Amazon and YouTube, but we go to BuzzTube and ‘Slaughter Race’ and KnowsMore and other sites we’ve created ourselves.” (Johnston, The Verge)

 

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