I saw the movie and I loved it. Full disclosure, my very first Disney movie press junket was fo the first Wreck-It Ralph movie, so this franchise is near and dear to my heart:
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” welcomes back to the big screen video-game bad guy Ralph and fellow misﬁt Vanellope von Schweetz. This time, they leave Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and fast-paced world of the internet—which can be both incredibly exciting and overwhelming, depending on who you ask. Litwak got WIFI, hence a whole new world is opening up for our game friends!
“Ralph and Vanellope are imperfect characters,” says Academy Award®-winning director Rich Moore (“Zootopia”), who directed the original ﬁlm. “But we love them because of their ﬂaws. Their friendship is so genuine, the chemistry between them so engaging, that I think we were all anxious to know more about these characters.” Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Zootopia,” writer “Cedar Rapids”) was one of the screenwriters on “Wreck-It Ralph” and is back as a writer and also a director. “Ralph and Vanellope had only known each other for a short time, yet they became best friends and we love them for that,” says Johnston. “But it didn’t feel like their story was over: there were more adventures to be had. And Vanellope, in particular, was starting to come into her own.” I spent an afternoon with these fellows, read more about my “Ralph Breaks The Internet” chat with them!
Directed by Moore and Johnston, and produced by Spencer, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” welcomes back favorite cast and characters introduced six years ago, including John C. Reilly, who provides the voice of Ralph, and Sarah Silverman, who returns as the voice of Vanellope. WE learned even more about the characters with the next part of our Ralph Breaks The Internet press day, it was fascinating.
Lending a virtual hand to Ralph and Vanellope is Shank, voiced by 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. Yesss, voiced by Taraji P. Henson, the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site BuzzzTube, makes Ralph a viral sensation. Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch return as the voices of Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sergeant Calhoun, respetively, and Alan Tudyk was called on to voice a search engine named KnowsMore—literally a know-it-all—who runs a search bar and helps Ralph and Vanellope on their quest.
The character of Knowsmore is a cartoon person representation of a search engine and he is brilliant!
The ﬁlm features a screenplay by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon, and story by Moore, Johnston, Jim Reardon, Ribon and Josie Trinidad. The soundtrack includes original songs “Zero,” wri en and performed by Imagine Dragons; “A Place Called Slaughter Race,” performed by Silverman and Gadot with music by Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyrics by Johnston and Tom MacDougall, and a score by composer Henry Jackman. Julia Michaels performs a pop-version of “A Place Called Slaughter Race” called “In This Place,” which is the second end-credits song. I spoke to
The film features the wonderful Taraji P. Henson as an algorithm named Yesss. Constantly changing with the times she guides Ralph and Vanellope through out he process of making videos that can go viral so that they can make money to save Vanellope’s game. This is where the movie is making fun of viral videos and it is hilarious, because it is true!
The other major cameo is Gal Gadot who plays Shank in a game called Slaughter Race.
These scenes may not be suitable for kids under six years old, there are some dark moments. Gal Gadot was fabulous:
I highly recommend this new blockbuster from Disney. The way the writers represented the Internet is brilliant and entertaining. We get a chance to laugh at the world we work with every day and all day, but never think about what the real process may be behind out computer screens! And read my article on my favorite trailer ever produced, Vanellope and the Disney Princesses!
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“Ralph Breaks the Internet” hits U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.
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