By Megan Bianco
Much like Pixar’s The Incredibles (2004) turned out to be one of the best superhero movies out there even without a primary source, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph (2012) has been arguably the best video game movie to date—despite the characters and games being completely fictional. Now the much-anticipated follow-up for Ralph comes with the very meta, pop culture-centered Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Six years have gone by since Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) became friends despite their arcade-game differences. Vanellope is beginning to find her “Sugar Rush” design boring and predictable, just as the main handle of the game breaks off. Arcade owner Mr. Litwick (Ed O’Neill) thinks it’ll just be easier to replace Sugar Rush with a newer game, right as a WiFi router is installed in the main office. With the internet, Ralph and Vanellope discover many solutions to their problem.
Jack McBrayer and Alan Tudyk return, and Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson and Alfred Molina appear as new characters. The new Ralph movie has been getting a lot of buzz because its use of the internet as a setting makes it possible for a bunch of cameos from other Disney icons, particularly a sequence with all the Disney princesses together. Because of all the characters and references, the story does get a little lost along the way. But for a Thanksgiving release, it is fun to see how G-rated Ralph attempts to make the entire internet look family-appropriate.