Wreck-It Ralph was a surprising but welcome change from Disney that took us on a nostalgic trip down the lane with its interesting world view of arcade game universe. Ralph Breaks the Internet adds several upgrades that brings its setting up to date by shipping its arcade game characters to the vast, limitless virtual world where in lies infinite possibilities.
Directed by Rich Moore & Phil Johnston, the story does away with the old to invest in a more contemporary timeline but the core ingredient that made the first film work remains in tact here i.e. the bonding between Ralph & Vanellope. Also, the internet provides the filmmakers ample room to come up with timely gags by taking inspiration from today’s viral trends & internet culture.
Compared to the first film, this one packs less sugar in its content and though the kids are going to enjoy all it has to offer, the themes may strike a better chord with the grown-ups. Parodying everything Disney — from its entire line of princesses to characters from its subsidiaries — and other unmissable brands of the virtual world, the ride remains thoroughly fun, mostly lighthearted & surprisingly optimistic.
Both John C. Reilly & Sarah Silverman return as the voices of Ralph & Vanellope respectively and steer the film with their splendid chemistry but it is suffice to say that all the supporting characters nicely integrate into the narrative. However, the decision to step out of the gaming platform may not go well with everyone, as the film merely scratches upon that surface and is instead more interested in illustrating the internet’s role in today’s world.