Animation feature film “Ralph Breaks the Internet” amuses us a lot for good reasons. After throwing its two broad but endearing main characters into that vast world of the Internet, the movie serves us a number of colorful and spirited scenes to be savored, and the result is a bit more entertaining than its predecessor on the whole.
In the beginning, the film shows us how things have been mostly fine after what happened in “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012). Quite more comfortable with his programmed role than before, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), a gigantic but soft-hearted video game figure who is the antagonist of an old but popular arcade game called “Fix-It Felix Jr.”, often spends free time along with his best friend Vanellope (voiced by Sarah Silverman), and we get a series of amusing moments showing how they have a fun together whenever the arcade is closed at night.
However, Vanellope has recently become rather bored with her arcade game called “Sugar Rush”, where she usually wins as driving her racing car along the same course again and again. For his dear friend, Ralph tries to bring some exciting change to her latest racing competition, but, unfortunately, his good-willed act leads to a disastrous outcome. The arcade cabinet of Sugar Rush is seriously broken as a result, and there is no way to replace its broken part because the owner of the arcade is not so willing to buy a new part, which, due to the defunct status of a company which manufactured Candy Crush, is currently available only on eBay at the price of $ 200.
As Vanellope and other video game figures of Sugar Rush have no choice but to relocate to other arcade video games including Fix-It Felix Jr., Ralph feels guilty about that, and then he gets a seemingly good idea for saving Sugar Rush. The owner of the arcade recently installed a Wi-Fi equipment in the arcade, and it looks like all Ralph and Vanellope have to do is entering the Internet via that Wi-Fi equipment and then going to eBay for getting that new part in question.
Once they successfully get themselves transferred to the Internet, Ralph and Vanellope come to behold many amazing things they have never seen before, and we get plenty of amusement as spotting famous brand names shown here and there in the Internet. As far as I remember, there are YouTube, Google, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, Wikipedia, and, yes, Google, and my biggest amusement come from the website of Disney Studios, which is full of its countless properties including Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and, yes, those many recognizable Disney animation films ranging from “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” (1937) and “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” (1977) to “Toy Story” (1995) and “Zootopia” (2016).
While quite confused in front of this new world at first, Ralph and Vanellope manage to go to eBay in the end, but then they get themselves into another trouble. As competing with some human user at the auction for that new part, they inadvertently raise the price up to no less than $27,001, and they belatedly come to realize that they must pay $27,001 within 24 hours.
As looking for any possible way to obtain $27,001 as soon as possible, Ralph and Vanellope come upon a good chance via an algorithm figure who has busily managed trending videos on a popular website called BuzzzTube. Once discerning that he can earn money quickly via videos to go viral on the Internet, Ralph goes all the way for getting far more money, and we accordingly get a wryly hilarious sequence which shows how Ralph’s numerous videos get rapidly popular outside.
As Ralph is constantly occupied with making videos and checking his online popularity, Vanellope spends her own time alone in the website of Disney Studios. By accident, she comes across a bunch of Disney animation film princess characters, and the movie surely has lots of fun with these characters as they talk with Vanellope, who eventually gives us a lovely and hilarious musical moment as advised by her new friends.
Of course, there subsequently comes a narrative point where a conflict is generated between Ralph and Vanellope, and the story, which is written by director Phil Johnston and Rich Moore and their co-writers Jim Reardon, Pamela Ribon, and Josie Trinidad, takes a dark narrative turn as Ralph commits something bad later in the film. After that, the film predictably reaches to a big action climax, but it does not lose its humor and spirit even during this part, and it also gives some valuable lesson on friendship in the end.
The main cast members of the film are all enjoyable in their voice performance. While John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman effortlessly complement each other as the contrasting duo of the story, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch fill their parts as well as before, and Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, and Bill Hader are also effective in their respective supporting roles.
Overall, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is a solid sequel packed with enough goodies to support its rather simple plot. Although it is not better than “Incredibles 2” (2018) or “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018), the film is a fairly competent animation film equipped with style, energy, and personality, and I am sure that aspect will be appreciated by both young and adult audiences.