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Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018 film poster).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Rich Moore
  • Phil Johnston
Produced by Clark Spencer
Screenplay by
  • Phil Johnston
  • Pamela Ribon
Story by
  • Rich Moore
  • Phil Johnston
  • Jim Reardon
  • Pamela Ribon
  • Josie Trinidad
Starring
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography
  • Nathan Detroit Warner (layout)
  • Brian Leach (lighting)
Editing by Jeremy Milton
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date(s) November 5, 2018 (2018-11-05) (El Capitan Theatre)
November 21, 2018 (2018-11-21) (United States)
Running time 112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $175 million
Money made $529.3 million

Ralph Breaks the Internet is a 2018 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The 57th animated film produced by the studio, it is the sequel to the 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph. Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Johnston and Pamela Ribon, produced by Clark Spencer, and executive-produced by John Lasseter, Chris Williams, and Jennifer Lee, the film stars the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, and Ed O'Neill.

The first discussions about a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph began in September 2012, and the new installment went through three different scripts before the filmmakers settled on the final plot. When the film was officially announced in June 2016 as Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, much of the original cast confirmed they had signed on, with new cast members added in 2018. It is Walt Disney Animation Studios' first computer-animated film sequel and is the first sequel from the studio to be created by the original film's writing and directing team.

Ralph Breaks the Internet premiered in Los Angeles on November 5, 2018, and was released in the United States on November 21. The film grossed over $529.3 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews from critics. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, 76th Golden Globe Awards, and 24th Critics' Choice Awards, losing all three to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Plot

After the events of the first film, Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz have stayed best friends, hanging out after work in Litwak's Arcade. Ralph is content with their life, but Vanellope longs for excitement and expresses how bored she has become of Sugar Rush's predictability. One night, Ralph sneaks into her game and makes a new track for her. The next day, when Vanellope fights the arcade player's control to test the track, the cabinet's steering wheel breaks. As the company that made Sugar Rush is defunct, and the cost of a replacement wheel on eBay is too high, Litwak decides to scrap Sugar Rush and unplugs the game, leaving its citizens homeless, including a crestfallen Vanellope.

With Fix-It Felix and Tamora Jean Calhoun's help, the Surge Protector finds homes for all Sugar Rush's citizens as a short-term measure as they figure out how to save the game. Remembering eBay, Ralph and Vanellope travel to the Internet, a place where websites are buildings in a sprawling city, avatars represent users, and programs are people, via Litwak's new Wi-Fi router.

They go to the search engine KnowsMore to find eBay, where they end up winning the auction for the steering wheel by unintentionally spiking the price to US$27,001; they have just 24 hours to come up with the funds, or they will forfeit the bid and lose the wheel. On the way out, they run into clickbait salesman J.P. Spamley, who offers them a lucrative job of stealing a car from Shank, the lead character in the popular racing-centered MMORPG Slaughter Race. They steal Shank's car, but she stops them before they can leave the game with it, saying that there are better ways than stealing to make money on the Internet. She proceeds to make a viral video of Ralph, and uploads it to video-sharing site BuzzzTube. She directs them to BuzzzTube's head algorithm, Yesss, about earning money for the video. At BuzzzTube, Yesss elates on Ralph's video popularity, and they come up with the idea of making more videos, which will earn them the money for the wheel in no time if given enough views.

Vanellope offers to help advertise the videos, and Ralph has Yesss send her to "Oh My Disney". There, while escaping from Stormtroopers, Vanellope befriends the Disney Princesses, being encouraged by them to discuss her sense of un-fulfillment and reaching a musical epiphany. Ralph makes enough money to buy the wheel but finds Vanellope talking with Shank about staying in Slaughter Race, having felt home there due to its relative novelty and unpredictability compared to Sugar Rush. Worried of losing his friend forever, Ralph asks Spamley for a way to draw Vanellope out of the game and is brought to the dark web vendor Double Dan, who provides Ralph with a virus, Arthur, that feeds off insecurities and replicates them. When Ralph unleashes Arthur into Slaughter Race, it replicates Vanellope's glitch, triggering a server reboot. Ralph, Shank, and the others help Vanellope escape before the game resets. Vanellope blames herself for the crash, but Ralph confesses to her that the crash was actually his fault. Outraged, Vanellope disowns Ralph and throws away his hero cookie medal.

As a guilt-ridden Ralph finds his now-cracked-in-half medal, Arthur copies Ralph's insecurities and starts making duplicates of Ralph. The clones overrun the internet in a DOS attack, all chasing after Vanellope to keep her for themselves. Ralph saves her and attempts to lure the clones into a firewall, but they form a giant Ralph monster that seizes them both. Ralph comes to accept that Vanellope can make her own choices, letting go of his insecurities. This also causes the giant Ralph monster and the clones to disappear, and Ralph and Vanellope reconcile. Ralph gives half of the broken medal to Vanellope and they bid each other a heartfelt farewell as Shank has arranged for Vanellope to respawn in Slaughter Race. Back in the arcade, Sugar Rush gets repaired, and Ralph partakes in social activities with the other arcade characters as he stays in touch with Vanellope over video chat, feeling content with his newfound ability to be independent.

Voice cast

  • John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph, a gigantic but soft-hearted man who is the antagonist of the arcade game Fix-It Felix Jr.
  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a glitchy racer who is the main character and princess of Sugar Rush and Ralph's best friend.
  • Gal Gadot as Shank, a tough and talented NPC racer in Slaughter Race.
  • Taraji P. Henson as Yesss, an algorithm that determines the trending videos on BuzzzTube (a portmanteau of YouTube and BuzzFeed). Parts of her character were modeled after Cruella de Vil, as both characters are seen as fashionable.
  • Jack McBrayer as Felix, a repairman who is the protagonist and playable character of Fix-It Felix Jr., as well as the husband of Calhoun.
  • Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun, the lead character of Hero's Duty and Felix's wife.
  • Alan Tudyk as KnowsMore, a character representing a search engine of the same name, with an overly aggressive autofill. The character design was mainly inspired by stylized character designs found in Disney shorts and TV specials done in the mid-1960s by Ward Kimball and Marc Davis. Tudyk previously voiced King Candy in the first film.
  • Alfred Molina as Double Dan, a half-worm virus creator who inhabits the dark web.
    • Molina also voices Double Dan's conjoined brother Little Dan.
  • Ed O'Neill as Mr. Litwak, owner of Litwak's Family Fun Center & Arcade.

All of the characters in the Disney Princess line appear along with Anna and Elsa from Frozen. All were voiced by the voice actresses who originated the roles, except for Cinderella and Aurora, who were voiced by the voice actresses who currently portray them in Disney Princess material, Jennifer Hale and Kate Higgins, respectively, and Snow White, who was voiced by screenwriter Pamela Ribon. In addition, actress Kelly Macdonald reprised her role as Merida, a role she previously portrayed in the original feature Brave. Additionally, Rajah (Jasmine's pet tiger), Meeko (Pocahontas' pet raccoon), Cinderella's mice (including Jaq and Gus) and her bird companions, and Prince Naveen (in frog form, whom Ralph mistakes for Frogger) also appear in the film.

Several characters from other films and media also cameo with their original or current voice actors, such as Roger Craig Smith as Sonic the Hedgehog, Maurice LaMarche as Tapper, Brad Garrett as Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO from Star Wars, Vin Diesel as Groot from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.

Additionally, Melissa Villaseñor voices Taffyta Muttonfudge, one of the Sugar Rush racers; Bill Hader voices J.P. Spamley, a personification of clickbait pop-up ads represented as a desperate salesman who can not make a sale; John DiMaggio voices Arthur, an insecurity virus; Sean Giambrone (English YouTuber Daniel Middleton/DanTDM in the UK version, but not on the UK home release) voices the eboy; Flula Borg voices Maybe, an algorithm who is an assistant to Yesss; and Dianna Agron voices the news anchor covering the virus in the real world. Ali Wong, Timothy Simons, GloZell Green, and Hamish Blake respectively voice Felony, Butcher Boy, Little Debbie, and Pyro, all of which are other characters in Slaughter Race as Shank's racing crew. The film's directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston reprise their roles as Sour Bill, Zangief (Moore), and the Surge Protector (Johnston), respectively. YouTube personalities Colleen Ballinger, Dani Fernandez, and Tiffany Herrera also voice cameos, with Nicole Scherzinger having a cameo voice role in a mid-credits scene, too.

Future

Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston said that a Ralph Breaks the Internet spin-off film focusing on the Disney Princesses could be made depending on the audience's response, and "if there's a good story to be told". Also, John C. Reilly says that he has an idea if a third film was to be made, he would consider seeing Ralph and Vanellope "beaming themselves right out into space".

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