Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, “Sugar Rush.” In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet — the netizens — to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.
Ralph Wrecks the Internet is the web based sequel to 2012’s Wreck it Ralph, a movie that I enjoyed for the most part. In a year where animated movies have really been above average, this one still finds a way to stand out. Most of this stems from the razor sharp social satire along with some fun internet references.
Disney loves inserting more of their own properties into their films if they can. In some cases this can be annoying, but it works here quite well. If you happen to be a fan of product placement, this is definitely a film for you. It doesn’t feel forced at any point however as it feels essential at the story. A lot of the charm that come along with this film is the world it exists within. The internet is obviously something we are familiar with, and all of the references are undeniably funny.
Voice work is good here as it always is with Disney. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman seem like an odd pair, but it works quite well as it did in the first film. The story itself felt a bit choppy at times to me. Characters come and go and not a ton of time is spent with them. The message itself is fine, a sort of if you love something let it go kind of story. It feels a bit familiar but the internet references make it more enjoyable then it normally would be.