‘Ralph’ plugs into the internet

By Kelly Vasquez (J-101 Staff Writer)

Disney returns to the world of “Wreck-it-Ralph” in “Ralph Breaks the Internet“ and introduces viewers and their characters to the internet, which is filled with laughter and tears.

Ralph and Vanellope are respectively voiced by John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman.  Ralph rebels against his bad guy code to save his new best friend, Vanellope, and her game.

Taking place six years after the first film, Vanellope and Ralph remain the best of friends. When they aren’t performing their duties in their arcade games, they are having fun together right from when the arcade closes, ‘til it opens. Vanellope though, starts to wonder if there is more to life than this repetitive routine, both inside and out of her game.

When an unexpected reason causes Sugar Rush to be unplugged,  it leaves Vanellope and all those other characters homeless. In its place, a Wi-Fi router is plugged in.

In order to save his best friend’s game, Ralph believes he and Vanellope should travel to the Wi-Fi and find out how to save Sugar Rush.

It is here where the viewer is introduced to the internet through the eyes of Vanellope and Ralph. In the movie, the internet is full of colors and different buildings labeled Amazon, Ebay, Google, Facebook, Twitter and more. The audience is introduced to a search bar owl named Knowsmore, voiced by Alan Tudyk, who predicts everything you are about to search, which is very amusing.

Disney introduces a new character named Yesss, voiced by Taraji P. Henson, who is the algorithm for a website called “Buzztube” in charge of making videos viral.

It’s all fun and games until the dark side of the internet such as pop up ads, viruses and the comments section is shown.

Perhaps the best section of the internet is when the characters are introduced to the website, “Oh My Disney.”

In this section, stormtroopers, superheroes and the most anticipated scene since the trailer’s release, the beloved Disney princesses.

This whole scene was perfectly put together. All of the Disney princesses are almost all being voiced by their original voice actors.

The group gets to interact with Vanellope with some fun teasing of myths Disney princesses using witty dialogue.

While trying to find out how to save Sugar Rush, the characters meet Shank, voiced by Gal Gadot, an amazing streetcar racer that Vanellope is immediately smitten by. Unknown to Ralph, she starts to consider if Slaughter Race should be her new home.

Throughout the movie Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship is put to the ultimate test. Vanellope has to decide if she should go back to Sugar Rush and live her monotonous life with Ralph. Meanwhile, Ralph is scared of change and doesn’t want to let go of his best friend.

Ralph does everything in his power to try and save Sugar Rush, including embarrassing himself all over the internet making viral videos to earn “hearts” which equal cash. Even through all of that, however, Ralph is still painted as the villian due to his insecurity.

Although Ralph let his insecurity get the best of him, causing him to literally break the internet, Vanellope wasn’t being a good friend either.

She is too afraid to let Ralph know how she truly feels and in fact is going to ghost him. But at no point is she supposed to apologize for being a bad friend because it was all Ralph’s fault. In reality they both had blame to share.

This movie is quite hilarious and is filled with many nods to the internet, viral videos from the past and even Disney making fun of itself. Overall, it’s definitely a fun sequel to watch, but it is nowhere near better that it’s predecessor, “Wreck it Ralph.”

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