The first Wreck-It Ralph movie was an Oscar-nominated story steeped in nostalgia and heart. The sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, turns everything up to 11. It’s more expansive, faster, and the stakes are much higher for best friends Ralph and Vanellope. Ralph Breaks the Internet will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on February 26 (it was released on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD/SD and Movies Anywhere on February 12).
Six years after becoming friends, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) are faced with a major problem. Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush, is going to be unplugged and all of its characters will be homeless. To save the game, Ralph and Vanellope venture into the Internet to obtain a replacement part from eBay… and that’s where things go off track. The Internet is jammed with new experiences, like Knowsmore, a know-it-all search engine voiced by Alan Tudyk, and BuzzzTube, a trend-making site steered by the head algorithm Yesss (Taraji P. Henson).
But most concerning, according to Ralph, is the gritty racing game Slaughter Race and it’s main character Shank (Gal Gadot). Vanellope is captivated by the unpredictability of the game and admires Shank’s leadership and driving skills. As Ralph races against the clock to save Sugar Rush he fears he may be in danger of losing his best friend. Ralph Breaks the Internet welcomes back favorite cast and characters such as Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer) and Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) and introduces “new” characters like the Disney Princess, voiced by all of the original (living) voice cast.
Ralph Breaks the Internet is ambitious and extraordinarily detailed. The Internet is rendered with loving care and, it must be said, a lot of accuracy and ingenuity. But all of those feelings of wonder fade as the film drags on a little too much. Sadly, some of the heart that made Wreck-It Ralph so endearing has been lost in the sequel. In its place is a world crammed, and sometimes overflowing, with Internet gags and references. There were even times where it felt like more of an advertisement or a product push than a movie. It takes the film at least an hour to really get going and once it does, it almost doesn’t go anywhere. In the end, the movie’s ultimate message about true friendship and how relationships grow and evolve does come through. It’s then that Ralph Breaks the Internet finds the poignancy from the first film again and truly shines.
The beauty of the Blu-Ray is that the slew of extras makes the film even more interesting and enjoyable. There was clearly an enormous amount of thought and intention in everything from animation styles to character’s personalities to what references to include where.
The main highlight of the bonus features is “How We Broke the Internet”, a fascinating 30-minute long featurette that breaks down several aspects of the movie. One portion discusses “Knowsmore” and the creation of the search engine character. Animators reveal the vintage inspirations for Knowsmore’s appearance and there’s a great clip of voice actor Alan Tudyk recording. In “Ohmydisney”, the filmmakers talk about bringing Disney princesses to life in a whole new way and designing contemporary loungewear, complete with inside jokes, for each princess to wear.
Another part of the featurette, “Slaughter Race”, provides insight into the new game that captivates Vanellope and the new friend, Shank, that she meets there. It was a delight to learn that after Gal Gadot was cast as the voice of Shank, the appearance and personality of the character changed to mirror Gadot’s own laidback and warm attitude.
A different bonus feature, “Surfing for Easter Eggs,” helpfully points out just a small number of the countless Easter eggs, jokes, references, and cameos that appear in Ralph Breaks the Internet. If you think you know them all, guess again. Some are based on deep Disney knowledge.
Finally, the deleted scenes provide a look at the evolution of the final story told in the film. One of the most enjoyable scenes was “Domestic Hell,” where Felix and Calhoun deal with adopting 15 Sugar Rush racers. Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch were said to have improvised some of their domestic dialogue and it shows in the best way in this scene.
Other Bonus Features included are:
- The Music of Ralph Breaks the Internet – Take a look at the music of Ralph Breaks the Internet with appearances by Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, Alan Menken, Sarah Silverman and more.
- Deleted Scenes – Five deleted scenes with intros from directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. Scenes include Into the Internet, Opposites, Domestic Hell, Bubble of One & Recruiting “Grandma.”
- BuzzzTube Cats – Many videos were created by the animators to fill the screens of the Internet world…and lots of them are of cats! Check out the BuzzzTube to watch this hilarious cat compilation.
- Music Videos – “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels.
Grab a copy of Ralph Breaks the Internet on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Copy), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy) and a single DVD on February 26.
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