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Ralph Breaks the Internet
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"Pancake... milkshake... milkshake... milkshake... pancake... ..."
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Rich Moore
Phil Johnston
Produced By: Clark Spencer
Written By: Phil Johnston
Rich Moore
Jim Reardon
Pamela Ribon
Josie Trinidad
Starring: John C. Reilly
Sarah Silverman
Gal Gadot
Taraji P. Henson
Jack McBrayer
Jane Lynch
Alan Tudyk
Alfred Molina
Ed O'Neill
Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: November 5, 2018 (El Capitan Theatre)
November 21, 2018 (United States)
Runtime: 112 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $175 million
Box Office: $529.3 million
Franchise: Wreck It Ralph
Prequel: Wreck-It Ralph
Sequel: A Possible Untitled Ralph Breaks the Internet sequel (A.K.A Wreck it Ralph 3)

Ralph Breaks the Internet (originally Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 or with Wreck It Ralph 2) is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture . It is the sequel to the 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph as well as Disney's 57th feature-length animated film. It is Walt Disney Animation Studios' first computer-animated film sequel and is the first sequel from the studio to be created by the original film's writing and directing team. The film premiered in Los Angeles on November 5, 2018, and was released in the United States on November 21.

Plot

Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, "Sugar Rush." In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet -- the netizens -- to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.

Good Qualities

  1. The animation is an improvement from in the last film and mixes different styles in one; the normally 2D designs for most of the Disney Princesses also translate perfectly into computer-animation.
    • The Rick-roll post-credits scene is a stunning shot-for-shot remake of the original.
    • KnowsMore's eyes are also animated in a way that is impressive.
    • Even the backgrounds in the Internet world can be incredibly beautiful at times.
  2. Also similar to in the previous film, the voice acting and casting choices for the characters are spot-on for the most part.
    • Some of the voice actresses who played characters in prior Disney films have returned to reprise their roles as those characters in this film, including Paige O'Hara, who reprises her role as Belle, after having retired from the role seven years prior.
  3. Just like the first movie also, there are some of the places that aren't product placements, like a fictional online game called Slaughter Race, which is pretty cool to look at and could have given the film potential to focus more on Internet gaming being the future to the irrelevance of the arcade rather than the Internet in general.
  4. The scene in which Vanellope meets up with the Disney Princesses is very funny and original, pointing out many outdated clichés and making fun of some classic stereotypes, despite it being the main selling point of this movie.
  5. Despite the plot basically centering itself around eBay in an egregious way, there is a fun moment where Ralph and Vanellope spout random numbers in an auction, which arguably harkens back to how their relationship was in the first film.
    • For the most part, the beginning of the movie retains the charm of what made Wreck it Ralph good.
  6. Amazing score by Henry Jackman.
    • "A Place Called Slaughter Race" is a decent and jam packed song, and the number itself is a good sendup of the typical Disney musical number.
  7. While not as good as the ones in the previous movie, the new characters are pretty good, such as Shank and Yesss.
  8. Despite a majority of the attempts at humor being rather mediocre, there are at least some hilarious moments that are worth a laugh, such as one scene where Ralph is portraying as Bob Ross, the Disney Princess stereotypes satire and the above mentioned Rick-roll post-credits scene.
  9. Stan Lee's brief tribute cameo.
  10. Despite Ralph's flanderization, he does learn to stop being so clingy towards Vanellope by the end of the movie, with a somewhat decent moral to go along with it.
  11. Arthur/Ralphzilla (a series of Ralph's evil alter-ego clones) is a very threatening villain.
  12. Despite the quality of the third act, the way the climax ended was a nice surprise: Ralph gave Ralphzilla a therapy and made it fine with letting Vanellope go instead of tricking it into going into the gate and get destroyed.
  13. It teaches a good message (minus the mediocre execution) about knowing when to let friends go when the time has come for them to leave.
  14. Aside from Arthur the virus, it avoids the "twist villain" cliche. You see, Arthur isn't really a villain and is more of an obstacle rather than a villain. In other words, there is no villain in the movie that happens to be a twist villain.

Bad Qualities

  1. Mediocre third act, which basically hinders on it all being a King Kong reference.
  2. The scene where the Ralph clones keep saying "Friend..." over and over again can get very annoying and somewhat disturbing for some as time goes on.
  3. The main characters are either flanderized or not written as well as in the first film:
    1. Ralph has been seriously dumbed down here, being made into a one-dimensional oaf that behaves like a child, and some of his dialogue is absolutely horrendous and even out of character. In fact, his actions against Vanellope in this film is even worse than what he did in the first film. However, he was right about Vanellope going Turbo. His obsessiveness towards Vanellope were so bad some viewers even made unfair comparisons between him and paedophiles. The thing with his personality switch is that his relationship with Vanellope could’ve worked had Ralph acted more like an overprotective father towards her than a clingy, insecure idiot.
    2. While still likable, Felix and Calhoun are pretty much reduced to cameo appearances and only get about five minutes of screentime in the film and are basically forgotten about, which is weird since the film did hint at a subplot with the two raising the Sugar Rush racers. There were to be more scenes featuring them, however, which were sadly cut.[1]
    3. Shank, despite the advertising and likable, doesn't have any development or much of a role beyond furthering Vanellope's plot. There's a strong argument that it would have made much more sense for her and her crew to be the ones to rescue Ralph at the climax, she would see that Ralph was willing to fix his mistakes, and he would see that she and her friends are good people he can trust to take care of Vanellope.
    4. For whatever reason, Vanellope comes off as extremely selfish with very little concerns about her actions facing consequences and completely ignores how Ralph feels, and she literally goes Turbo in the ending, which is really annoying since Vanellope broke the rules of going Turbo (if you've never seen the first film, there was an arcade character named Turbo (later King Candy) that tried to take over another game and ended up crashing it, putting both games out of order).
      • Speaking of Turbo, he is never seen or mentioned once in this movie, nor is the term "going Turbo" ever mentioned at all in this movie. In fact, Ralph leaves his game again and it's very likely that during the course of the film, the arcade was open, so it's like he learned nothing from what happened in the first movie.
    5. Yesss, while likable, can get pretty annoying.
  4. One of the biggest problems with the movie is that it overuses dated pop culture references and product placement, and even some shameless self promotion for the company that made this movie themselves. Such as how Ralph was shown to be flossing in one scene and the use of social media websites such as Instagram, Facebook, and even IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.
    • In fact, this was one of The Emoji Movie's biggest problems, aside from simply being a bad idea to begin with and having poor characterization. This makes this film look like Disney's version of that film. Though thankfully, it's not as bad as that film.
    • The Oh My Disney scene simply serves as shameless self-promotion for Disney themselves, and an excuse to sell more Disney Princess merch but with this film's outfits, making this look like a shameless 2-hour ad for Disney. In fact, this issue would later be seen in Space Jam: A New Legacy, where the self-advertising takes up almost the whole movie, unlike here, where only two scenes were dedicated to such thing. As of recently, Disney did it again with The Simpsons in Plusaversary, where its literally one big 3 minute self-promotion advertisement for Disney+.
    • Speaking of shameless advertising, the whole plot revolves around eBay, making this feel like a feature-length eBay commercial.
    • As of 2022, some parts of this film have been outdated due to Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2019, The Launch of Disney Plus the same year & 2 new princesses were introduced in 2021 (Raya & Mirabel), plus a princess was acquired as part of Disney’s acquisition of Fox, Anastasia.
  5. While the animation is great, there are a lot of moments where it can feel rather uncanny. For example, Buzz Lightyear (who makes a brief cameo) appears with a rather unfinished design that doesn't seem accurately translated from Pixar's model of the character and Merida's round-faced and doe-eyed appearance, while a good update, does feel a little uncanny due to her original design being jarringly different from the rest of the princesses.
  6. The infamous scene where Rapunzel makes a feminist preach to Vanellope who says: "Do people assume all your problems got solved because a big strong man showed up?" which in fact, ultimately destroyed her character in the 2010 film Tangled. This also has the same feminist preach scene in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,[2] which of course would not give kids or adults the right idea.
  7. The comedy is rather mediocre (aside from the Bob Ross joke), mostly when it comes to jokes and references regarding the internet or Disney.
  8. It used the movie clichés, such as the "misunderstanding" cliché, which feels off-putting.
  9. The ending is downright awful, as Vanellope goes Turbo and game hops to Slaughter Race, leaving both Sugar Rush and Ralph behind. She gets away with it too with receiving zero consequences or any forms of repercussions whatsoever, apart from Ralph bringing this up to her once during their big argument scene. In the first film, going Turbo is heavily frowned upon and game hopping can put either their or other characters' games in danger, but here, they simply flat out ignore the rules established there up until Shanks assures that she has coded Vanellope into the game.
  10. There is a brief scene that mentions lingerie, which is HIGHLY inappropriate, even for a PG-rated film.
  11. For some reason, the fact that Ralph and Vanellope visited an ad via Spamley may give out the wrong message of how safe clicking on ads are even though they are not always safe. And who could not forget the scene where Ralph went to the Dark Web as well.

Reception

Box office

As of December 30, 2018, Ralph Breaks the Internet has grossed $175.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $174.7 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $350.4 million, against a production budget of $175 million.

Critical response

Ralph Breaks the Internet received mostly favorable reviews from critics and audiences, who called it a "worthy successor" and praised the animation, humor, characters, and plot, as well as the vocal performances of Reilly and Silverman, although some say it's not fresh as the first film. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 88% based on 223 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Ralph Breaks the Internet levels up on its predecessor with a funny, heartwarming sequel that expands its colorful universe while focusing on core characters and relationships.". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 71 out of 100 based on 43 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale, down from the "A" earned by the first film, and those at PostTrak gave the film four stars out of five.

However, fans started to point out flaws found within the movie later on, especially within several plot holes connecting to the first Wreck it Ralph movie, causing some to turn against this film as a result, likely as to why this movie ended up at the Awful Movies Wiki at one point, before returning here.

Awards

Ralph Breaks the Internet was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, 76th Golden Globe Awards, and 24th Critics' Choice Awards, losing all three to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Sequel?

John C. Reilly (Ralph’s voice actor) says that he has an idea if a third film was to be made, he would like to see Ralph and Vanellope "beaming themselves right out into space".

Spin off?

Rich Moore and Phil Johnston said that the second film, would have a spin-off film focusing on the Disney Princesses could be made depending on the audience's response, and "If there's a good story to be told".

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Trivia

  • Ever since chapter 2 of Deltarune was released, both Deltarune and Ralph Breaks the Internet became a subject of the meme community due to various comparisons such as most notably Spamton and Spamley.
  • There was considerable backlash after the official trailer was released, as it featured Pocahontas, Tiana, and Mulan with lighter skin colors than how they looked in their original respective films. While Tiana's was fixed, Pocahontas and Mulan's remained unchanged in the final product.
  • When the first trailer was released, there were memes related to the pancake bunny.
  • When the movie first stated that it may not have a villain. Some fans theorized that Yesss would be the twist villain but it was debunked.
  • The first look concept art for the movie (released in 2016) featured parody versions of popular websites. In the final film, real websites were used.
  • A defunct Disney Infinity website was going to appear in the movie but was replaced with Oh My Disney.
  • There were plans to have a villain in the movie at one point, but this was scrapped in favor of a narrative in which Ralph served as his own antagonist. The villain was named B.E.V. and was an AntiVirus-inspired cop that lived on the Internet, which would later be seen in the now-lost VR tie-in game, Ralph Breaks VR.
  • Kylo Ren, The Golden Girls, Mario, and the late John Madden were planned to appear in the movie but they were all cut.
  • In an early version of the script, the movie began with a funeral for Tapper. During this, Ralph and Vanellope were to give a eulogy, though they instead spent the time talking about themselves. To that, the gathered mourners would rebuke the duo by throwing food and starting a food fight.
  • Some versions of the movie had Felix and Calhoun joining Ralph and Vanellope on their journey to the Internet. This was partially altered to keep the arcade relevant, and due to the belief that having too many characters adventuring through the Internet would overwhelm the story.

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