Opening in theaters Nov 21, Ralph Breaks The Internet does not fail to give us a look into how humans really digest into the world of the Internet. Instead of focusing on being a hero like in the first movie, Ralph is focusing on becoming a viral Internet sensation and it works. Through curbs and quarrels with BFFs, Ralph Breaks The Internetleaves people of all ages with the message of loving yourself and how to navigate the childhood arena of friendship.
When the steering wheel of Vanellope’s (Sarah Silverman) game Sugar Rush breaks, Ralph (John C. Reily) and her take a trip into the Internet to scope out eBay, where they can buy a replacement for auction in order to save the game. After being transported through wifi cables the pair is faced with the names of real Internet companies: Amazon, Snapchat, Pinterest, IMDb, etc. The two also encounter hackers, viruses and scammers in forms of different characters, things that the audience will see. In order to buy the wheel at eBay, Ralph meets Yesss (Taraji P. Henson), an Internet guru who sets out to make Ralph a viral meme.
In a press conference, directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore said the key to the best storytelling is social commentary, and the film was filled with it. Using the actual companies in the film and how much humans are invested in social media gave the audience a sense of commonness. For instance, once Ralph starts to become popular on the Internet, he gets flooded with likes and comments. Some of the comments aren’t so nice. When Ralph sees this, he gets put down and Yesss has to tell him to “never look in the comment section. This line in the movie will hit close to home for many kids especially, are faced with Internet trolls and bullies more than ever. Moore says that he hopes kids leave with knowing why they care about the likes and comments they receive so much, and also knows how relatable this scene could be.
“The Internet is a central issue. It reflects on us in ways we don’t quite understand yet,” Moore said. “It was really inspiring in the context of a Disney film to talk about these real issues and its affect on people.”
Speaking of Disney, the princesses were definitely the scene-stealers. Vanellope ends up in a dressing room with the Disney princesses, most of whom are voiced by the original actors, in a hilarious scene where they try to be ‘normal girls.’ Vanellope even had her moment as a Disney princess, singing a song by Alan Menken who composed most of Disney’s classic. For Silverman, this was an unreal experience.
“It was a dream come true,” she said. When they told me I would have a song I couldn’t believe it.”
The tipping point of the film is when Vanellope gets involved with Shank (Gal Gadot), a hard-core chick who is the main character of a racing game called Slaughter Race. Their growing friendship starts to make Ralph a bit jealous, when he realizes he isn’t as confident without Vanellope. This spirals a lonely Ralph to spread an “insecurity” virus into Slaughter Race in attempt to destroy the game, or destroy their relationship. Ultimately the virus is cleaned, representing an anti-virus component and showing how destructive an over-bearing friendship could be.
Moore said, “Come away from the film thinking about important issues of our time.”
Again, Ralph Breaks the Internetpremiers on Nov 21. Watch the full trailer here.