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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

Ralph Breaks The Internet
4K Ultra HD | Blu-ray | DVD
Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
Writers: Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Ed O’Neill, Alfred Molina, Alan Tudyk
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | 112 Minutes
Release Date: February 26, 2019

The Academy Award-nominated Ralph Breaks the Internet is now available for you to own. Disney’s latest sequel brings back those lovable digital misfits for an all-new adventure that takes Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) on an all-new adventure across the digital space. Their search for a valuable replacement part to help fix Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush takes the two to the Internet, where they run to all sorts of new characters like the tough street racing queen Shank (Gal Gadot) and trend-setting algorithm Yesss (Taraji P. Henson).

This very fun sequel comes with a number of equally fun, but very standard, bonus features. However, they may be of interest to those who love a deep dive into the animation and story process. These features take a look at all of those layers and how each team must work in tandem to make sure everything fits together nicely. Check out a mini film review plus a review of all the bonus features below.

Taking place six years after the events of Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet sees Ralph and Vanellope living out their lives as arcade sprites in Litwak’s Arcade. However, Vanellope wants more out of life than racing and winning the same old track. In an attempt to liven things up, Ralph tries to change the track, but in doing so, makes the game go haywire, and a player accidentally breaks the Sugar Rush controller. With the company who makes the game out of business and a replacement part being very expensive, Litwak believes that it is time to retire the game for good.

That’s when Ralph and Vanellope take a journey to the Internet, where they find themselves in a very unknown world. While they find the part at eBay, they don’t realize that they need to have money to purchase the part. So with a very limited amount of time left before they forfeit it, they look to try to play video games to make money. Their first attempt takes them to Slaughter Race, where they meet Shank. While they fail to steal her car, Shank suggests they make viral videos at BuzzzTube, where Yesss will pay them for making trendy videos.

The plan seems to go well, until Ralph feels like Vanellope may want to stay in the Internet and not return home. With the thought of losing his friend close to becoming a reality, Ralph does the worst thing imaginable to make his best and only friend stay by unleashing a devastating virus. Can the two stop it from spreading and destroying the Internet?

Ralph Breaks the Internet was a serviceable sequel to say the least. Though charming, it found ways to overextend itself by making both Ralph and Vanellope stay longer in the Internet. Though the narrative execution has some issues, it does explore some very timely and relevant issues in such a way that is easily digestible and not too preachy. Here we get to see the darker side of how characters value themselves and what they are willing to do in order to gain some sort of validation. Additionally, we get to see the dangers of insecurity and how being too clingy can drive our best friends away.

It’s not without its flaws and falls trap to using easy jokes that take jabs at the Internet and how people view it, but it is still very much an animated wonder that is full of great characters from past and present. This sequel explores some very important themes about friendships, insecurities, and the dangers of toxic masculinity.

Blu-ray and Digital:

  • How We Broke the Internet:
  • This bonus feature takes an in-depth look at how the animators and storytellers worked in conjunction with each other to bring Ralph Breaks the Internet to life. Discover what it takes to be an animator to visualize the Slaughter Race sequence, the Ralphzilla, Netizens and Netusers, and what inspired the screenwriters and story head to develop the story and add new characters like Shank, Knowsmore, and more.

  • Surfing for Easter Eggs:
  • Considering that Ralph Breaks the Internet is set in the Internet, you can expect everyone involved to hide all sorts of goodies in it. From the obvious to the very well-hidden, animators have hidden plenty of nods to Disney both on the Internet and the real world. And it isn’t just relegated to Disney, but Marvel Studios, Pixar, and Star Wars. And while this three-minute bonus feature won’t reveal them all, it will give you a nice start to find some of them.

  • The Music of Ralph Breaks the Internet:
  • Take a behind the scenes look at the music of Ralph Breaks the Internet, includes interviews with everyone who was involved in the creative process of the music like film composer Howard Shore, to those who lent their talents for the songs like Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, and Sarah Silverman.

  • Deleted Scenes:
  • Pretty much your standard bonus feature. In it, there are five deleted scenes with intros from directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. Scenes include “Into the Internet,” “Opposites,” “Domestic Hell,” “Bubble of One,” and “Recruiting Grandma.”

  • BuzzzTube Cats:
  • The Internet is many things, but what it is mostly is cat videos. In this feature, see the many cat videos that helped inspire the ones that you see in BuzzzTube. Some of which are simple, while others are silly, but all are very enjoyable, especially to those who have cats or love these sorts of videos.

  • Music Videos:
  • Watch music videos for “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels.

    Digital Exclusive:

  • Baby Drivers – Slaughter Racing School:
  • In this digital exclusive, get to see how the artists developed and rendered the Slaughter Race sequence by participating in racing school, where they learned the ins and outs, and limitations of racing cars. Get to know what it looks like to drive in certain conditions or what it is like to pull off a 180-degree turn.

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