Ralph Breaks the Internet is finally in theaters! We’ve been waiting for 6 years to see what happened to Ralph and Vanellope and all of their fellow arcade friends. My family and I were invited to see a screening this week just before the movie was released in theaters. Although our tickets were free, all thoughts are our own.
Note: This is a spoiler-free review. Read on without risk of ruining the movie!
About Ralph Breaks the Internet
In RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way.
Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.
Directed by Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is now in theaters.
My 5 Favorite Things About Ralph Breaks the Internet
Friendship isn’t always rosy. Ralph and Vanellope ended Wreck It Ralph as kindred spirits and good friends. It’s heart-warming to see how their friendship has grown since we’ve seen them last. One of my favorite aspects of Ralph Breaks the Internet is that we get to see Ralph and Vanellope struggling through some not-so-uncommon friendship challenges. It’s important for kids (and adults!) to be reminded that we can work through our disagreements and trials. Friends are friends through the good times and the bad times.
Exploring the Internet (for the first time!): The clever portrayal of the internet is fun and exciting, and leaves movie-goers of all ages with a lot to think about. From the know-it-all, predict-it-all KnowsMore, the search bar guy, to the way that real people are portrayed as avatars when they’re online, to the annoying pop up ads that bombard Ralph and Vanellope at every turn….I was laughing the entire time (mostly because it was all too accurate!).
Let’s hear it for the princesses! I loved how Disney brought all of the princesses into one space and allowed us to see them interacting together. The princess sequence was my favorite part of the movie! I loved reading these quotes from the voices of the Disney princesses and what they enjoyed about coming together for their scene with Vanellope.
“The inside jokes and the affectionate nods to the princesses’ original stories make me laugh every time.”
~Linda Larkin, voice of Princess Jasmine, “Aladdin”
“When have all of the Disney princesses been together in one room? I don’t know if it gets better than that.”
~ Idina Menzel, voice of Elsa, “Frozen”
“Over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting and making friendships with many of the legendary princesses! It has been a blessing to be a part of such a beautiful sisterhood of such strong, intelligent women.”
~ Irene Bedard, voice of Pocahontas, “Pocahontas”
“My favorite part is the fun, tongue-in-cheek insider humor. It’s really funny but in a respectful, loving way. I think it walks a perfect line.”
~ Paige O’Hara, voice of Belle, “Beauty and the Beast”
“I love seeing the princesses ‘off-duty,’ relaxed and cozy in way we’ve never pictured them before. It gives us a deeper glimpse into their lives and a peek behind the curtain.”
~ Mandy Moore, voice of Rapunzel, “Tangled”
Oh, the Easter Eggs! To say that there are clever Easter eggs throughout the movie is an understatement. You will find plenty of fun references – especially for Disney fans! I think I’ll need to watch the movie a few more times to catch them all. I see some fun “Ralph Breaks the Internet” Easter egg hunt check lists in the future!
Everything is so relatable. It’s hard for my kids to imagine a world without the internet. It’s such a huge part of their daily lives – from waking up each morning with Alexa to doing all of their school work on Chromebooks to being able to look up an answer to any question that pops in their heads. But I grew up in a world without the internet. I loved watching Ralph and Vanellope experience the internet for the first time (and poke fun of so many things that have become normal to us now!).
A word about the scariness factor: Little ones who are easily scared may get intimidated by the Ralph virus-monster. Nothing violent or particularly scary happens, but the character could be seen as intimidating.
Final verdict: My kids and I all agreed – Ralph Breaks the Internet is a must-see movie. I highly recommend it for families this holiday season.
My 13-year-old said, after leaving the theater, “That was a LOT better than I thought it would be. Sometimes sequels, especially after a long wait, are not the same quality as the first movies, but this one was really good. It had a different feel, but it was really good in its own way.”
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