Ralph Breaks the Internet is the follow-up to the 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph which was a major success at the box office. Going into the screening of the film I thought I would get more of the first film. I got my popcorn and soda and set back ready to chuckle in parts and decide when I would bring my Godson to see it. I was so surprised at the depth of this film I was totally engrossed in it.
I recently had the delightful pleasure of meeting and speaking with Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, co-directors of the film. They have so much energy and openness that it was an absolute pleasure to have a conversation with them.
They explained to me the reason why the title is Ralph Breaks the Internet and not Ralph Wrecks the Internet was and will probably be a discussion for many. Wrecking the internet is more like destroying it, however, breaking the internet is fixable like a virus, makes sense.Phil explained how it took over two years and a lot of people to bring this featured film to the screen. I asked, with them being co-directors, whose word was law. They looked at one another and both said it was a team thing. Some ideas worked while others didn’t, and they went along with the best idea. I could tell that they really meant it. They flow so well together.
Those of you who didn’t see Wreck-It Ralph will have not problem catching up to the story and the relationship between Ralph (voiced by JOHN C. REILLY) and his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by SARAH SILVERMAN). Ralph is a big teddy bear kind of guy whose heart is so big that he will do whatever it takes to make sure his best friend is happy. Vanellope is really his everything and he is happy with things never changing or deviating from the norm. Vanellope, however, is a different story. Ralph is her best friend and she loves being with him, but she is bored with doing the same thing every day. She is ready to stretch out and try something new. The chance comes when, thanks to Ralph, her game, Sugar Rush, at Litwak’s video arcade is broken and the part to fix it cost too much, so it is going to be removed from the arcade. The part is found on eBay and Ralph finds a way to go where no one has gone before, the internet, to get it. The rest is an adventure on all levels.
Once Ralph and Vanellope get to the internet is it a huge complex world of excitement. “Vanellope begins to develop bigger goals,” says director Phil Johnston. “Her eyes are on the horizon. Once she realizes there’s a big world out there, she wants to see more of it.”
She finds the game Slaughter Race and impresses the leader of the game, Shank (voiced by GAL GADOT) , with her racing skills. Shank offers to mentor her if she wants to stay and join Slaughter Race. This causes a rift between Ralph and Vanellope.
Taraji P. Henson is the making her animated debut as the voice of Yesss and is fabulous in energy and style and one of my favorite scenes is with the actual Disney Princesses. Filmmakers invited the original voice talent to return to the studio to help bring their characters to life. The royal reunion included Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”),Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”) and Ming-NaWen (“Mulan”). “We were able to get just about everyone who’s still with us to reprise their roles,” says Johnston.
I confessed to Phil and Rich that I got so into the film that, yes, I am going to admit it, I shed a tear. Phil explained that the layers are intentional. It’s about relationships and how friends can still love and support each other’s differences of opinion or goals and not lose the friendship but strengthen it.
It is a great movie for all ages. SPEND THE MONEY and see RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET in the theaters!
Until next time keep your EYE to the sky!