Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot (VOICES)
Release Date: February 26, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
In the hilarious, highspeed sequel to 2012’s Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” the besties risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an action-packed attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush.
Ralph and Vanellope are back in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’; the highly anticipated sequel to 2012’s ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’. When an unexpected accident puts Vanellope’s game in danger, she and her bestie Ralph head into the terrifying World Wide Web in a quest to locate a replacement part for the game. Entirely clueless as to the massive and unknown world they find themselves in, Ralph and Vanellope will have to venture throughout dangerous racing games, unique worlds filled with princesses and much more, as well as trying to figure out the specifics of just how this strange place called eBay works; all in a limited amount of time before it’s too late and the game is junked.
‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is a wildly enjoyable follow-up to the equally fantastic ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ that’s loaded with laughs, adventure and a heartwarming nature that brings Ralph and his best friend Vanellope into the overwhelming world of the internet as they struggle to save Vanellope’s game before it’s too late. Cleverly poking fun at everything from popup ads and online scams to interactive online games, the internet buying community and a whole lot more, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is one clever, fun and funny sequel that should leave viewers of all ages with a grin consistently plastered on their face. It’s guided along perfectly by directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore whose careful guidance combined with the gorgeous animation is only greatly complimented by a fantastic voice cast that features numerous new and returning individuals including John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and many more. I would definitely urge anyone that enjoyed the first film even half as much as I did to try and make a definite point of checking out ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ whenever you have the chance. It’s a massively entertaining and hilarious animated misadventure that more than holds up with its predecessor. This one should definitely have no problem proving itself well worth the price of a rental and two hours of your time one evening, and would also make a wonderful selection for a family movie night thanks to its ability to consistently offer something for everyone.
Overall, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is both a magnificent sequel and a wonderful animated film in its own right. Bringing back the goofy and humorous nature of its predecessor and never forgoing the traits that made it so special, while also expanding into a much grander scope when it comes to the story and adventure and never failing to find clever ways in which to poke fun at it all. I can’t possibly recommend ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ highly enough, particularly to fellow fans of ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ who are certain to have just as much fun with this brilliant sequel. Those with kids at home that are interested in this one (or just looking forward to catching it again if they already saw it in theaters) will probably want to consider purchasing a copy at some point; it should make great repeat viewing for audiences both young and old.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks wonderful altogether and provides a clean, sharp and vibrantly colored presentation from start to finish, with no noticeable faults or issues to be uncovered along the way. It holds up splendidly even during the fast moving and heavily populated moments, never resulting in anything occurring on screen becoming negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is another fantastic high definition video presentation from Disney that should easily please the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack serves up a crisp, smooth and quite active audio presentation throughout. It repeatedly takes advantage of all seven available channels in order to send vehicle activity and characters zipping throughout the various speakers, along with plenty more, and never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a great 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes plenty of additional fun to the overall viewing experience and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ includes a healthy collection of extras that fans of all ages should enjoy. Included on the release are a couple of Behind the Scenes Featurettes that explore bringing the sequel to life including ‘How We Broke the Internet’ (running approximately 33 minutes in length) and ‘The Music of Ralph Breaks the Internet’ (running approximately 10 minutes). Also included on the release is a look at all of the hidden references within the movie in ‘Surfing For Easter Eggs’ (approximately 3 minutes), plus a fun video for the ‘BuzzTube Cats’ (2 minutes), and some ‘Deleted Scenes with introductions by directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore’, they include: ‘Into the Internet’ (approximately 5 minutes), ‘Opposites’ (3 minutes), ‘Domestic Hell’ (3 minutes), ‘Bubble of One’ (6 minutes) and ‘Recruiting Grandma’ (2 minutes). Also included are ‘2 Music Videos’: ‘”Zero” – performed by Imagine Dragons’ (4 minutes) and ‘”In This Place” – performed by Julia Michaels’ (3 minutes).