2012's Wreck-It Ralph tackled the nostalgic landscape of arcade games through a pair of misfit characters, a soft-hearted brute named Ralph (John C. Reilly) and fast-talking and witty Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). Disney Animation isn't typically one to revisit its feature films, (the company's last theatrical sequel was Fantasia 2000) but today's continuously expansive world of gaming and the internet just begged for a sequel for the pixelated pals.
Ralph Breaks the Internet has Ralph and Vanellope venturing through a Wi-Fi router and into the World Wide Web, providing boundless opportunities for the studio to poke fun and create an animated world for the internet in Disney's legendary fun and imaginative fashion. While the Disney sequel doesn't hit theaters until November 21, reviews are making their way on the web as well. For the most part, critics are happily greeting Ralph to the internet, though not without a few bugs to point out.
First off, CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg awarded Ralph Breaks the Internet 4 out of 5 stars. While he thought that its narrative didn't quite measure up to its first film, its strong character development made it a worthwhile and entertaining watch. In his words:
Leading up the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet, the film has marketed itself around its clever references to the internet we all love and hate at the same time. The movie will also include a highly-anticipated scene with all of the Disney Princesses in one room with Vanellope. Bryan Bishop of The Verge found a particular strength of the film in the studio's ability to poke fun at itself, something we don't often see in a Disney movie. Here's what he said:
Not everyone enjoyed Ralph Breaks the Internet's dependence on commenting on the World Wide Web though. Alonso Duralde from The Wrap felt the movie not only recycled much of its previous film's themes and ideas, but to the point that it felt unoriginal. In his words:
A sequel is always at risk of repeating itself or not standing on its own as well as before. Another roadblock potentially facing Ralph Breaks the Internet is its use of branding within the movie due to the subject matter revolving around quite a few products Disney has a stake in. Polygon's Karen Han notices this, but found the emotional center of the story out-weighs its frequent product placement. In her words:
I'd say bring tissues, but haven't we grown expect shedding a few tears at Disney's animated films? Each of the studio's films usually have an unexpected and important deeper message to tell. For Collider's Matt Goldberg, Ralph Breaks the Internet is about toxic relationships, which is tackled via a new dynamic between Ralph and Vanellope, whereas one is satisfied and the other wants to grow. In Goldberg's words:
While the Disney sequel isn't without its flaws, critics are praising the studio for its ambition and ability to switch up how and why they tell stories. According to Variety's Peter Debruge, the film uses this opportunity to tell a nuanced story for all ages and shows a potential movement in what stories Disney is trying to tell, saying:
You can of course decide for yourself where Ralph Breaks the Internet comes to theaters on November 21. As for what else the rest of the year has in store theatrically, check out our holiday movie guide for that information.