RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET is a bandwidth filling adventure through the inter-tubes. Take your root beer in a to-go cup because memes and logos whiz past in this million megabit per second ride through the net.
Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) might have broken the internet but Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) steals the movie, Shank’s (Gal Gadot) car, and also our hearts. Disney has given us a princess this time for the age of the millennial.
Ralph and Vanellope take off in this sequel and head straight for the internet to replace a broken steering wheel on Vanellopes Sugar Rush arcade game cabinet where they run into countless Disney characters and Ebay. Ralph is worried he’s losing Vanellope after she befriends Shank and she finds there’s more excitement outside of her Sugar Rush game. He tries to bring her back by throwing a wrench into the workings of the internet.
Arguably one of the best scenes is the gathering of Disney’s Princesses. Vanellope escapes a trio of Stormtroopers to find Pocahontas (Irene Bedard), Anna (Kristen Bell), Ariel (Jodi Benson), Moana (Auli’I Cravalho), Cinderella (Jennifer Hale), Aurora (Kate Higgins), Jasmine (Linda Larkin), Merida (Kelly Macdonald), Elsa (Idina Menzel), Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), Belle (Paige O’Hara), Snow White (Pamela Ribon), Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) in the Oh My Disney green room. Vanellope delightfully hacks the bunch to give each princess a more casual look. A definite diversion from Disney tradition to go with this latest, glitchy, princess
SPOILER: Vanellope gets her own Disney Princess song. We had the chance recently to sit down with cast and crew in a press conference and Silverman commented on her hilarious new song saying, “It was a dream come true, I couldn’t believe it. The music was written by Alan Menkin and I got to meet him and work with him, rehearse with him. It was incredible and we recorded with a while orchestra – it was crazy! It was really a thrill of a lifetime.”
The personal journey that Ralph travels was surprising and sometimes uncomfortable to watch but added a great depth to the movie. Bumping it up to more than just another animated film from one of the best animation addresses. The relationship between Ralph and Vanellope survives a challenge that parallels real life in many ways. We can all relate to the growth that both characters go through which makes this movie irresistible.
Reilly and Silverman recorded their scenes together which give their characters chemistry a very palpable added dimension. Director Phil Johnston said “When they were asked to do a more emotional scene, it was raw. The tears were genuine. They found the emotion just standing across from each other. That’s probably the thing I’m most proud of in this movie: the emotional depth and complexity that Ralph and Vanellope experience.”
The crazy world of the Internet is a character in and of itself here so how do you take on the task to start to draw the internet? With everything! Google, Twitter, SnapChat all have cameos along with what appears to be thousands of other online references. You even see MySpace make an appearance in the appropriately deepest part of the web. Inspired by the look of Downtown Los Angeles, the internet morphed into the complex web that we see in the film. Netizens such as KnowsMore (a search bar voiced by Alan Tudyk) and Yesss (an algorithm voiced by Taraji P. Henson) help Vanellope and Ralph find their way. On her character, Yesss, Henson says, “I just thought she was incredible, she’s a go-getter, the head of company, she’s no-nonsense, she has heart”.
What will you find in theaters? A great movie that will resonate with every member of the family; from Gen X to Gen Z. It has all the bright colors and funny characters, car chases, cat videos, and emotional growth you’ll find in the best Disney movies.
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET is in theaters now!