Tickets for Ralph Breaks The Internet are now on sale and a new clip from the movie has been released online. The sequel to 2012's Wreck-It Ralph sees John C. Reilly return as the eponymous Ralph alongside Sarah Silverman's Vanellope von Schweetz, Jack McBrayer's Fix-It Felix Jr. and Jane Lynch's Sergeant Calhoun. Behind the camera, Rich Moore is once again on directing duty, this time alongside Phil Johnston who worked on the screenplay for both of Ralph's outings.
While Wreck-It Ralph was a loving homage to the world of video games, referencing everything from Donkey Kong to Call of Duty, Ralph Breaks The Internet is, as the name implies, set to take the fun online. The sequel finds Ralph and Vanellope trying to purchase a spare part to the latter's arcade machine and venturing inside the world wide web in order to do so. Ralph Breaks The Internet is set to tackle a wide variety of online tropes including pushy search engines, rough multiplayer gaming and pesky spammers.
A new clip released by Disney to mark Ralph Breaks The Internet tickets going on sale introduces another new character, Taraji P. Henson's Yesss, a character who determines exactly what's hot and what's not in the online world. The clip sees Yesss take no interest in Ralph... until she hears how many views his video racked up online. The clip also contains mention of a character called Shank, a racer voiced by Gal Gadot who Vanellope begins to look up to and admire.
Most of Ralph Breaks The Internet's new faces represent some form of online habit and Yesss is clearly an exaggerated version of the 'trending' system seen on sites such as YouTube and Twitter. Her fickle nature perfectly encapsulating the fleeting fame of viral sensations, Yesss is visually presented as a fashionista but is smart enough to know how to win Ralph over, showering him in 'hearts' - the movie's copyright-friendly version of 'likes'.
Wreck-It Ralph was a huge hit for Disney both critically and commercially and it'll be interesting to see how taking the emphasis away from gaming and towards general online culture impacts box office and reviews. Early signs indicate that the sequel is set to prosper financially and is attracting positive reactions but fans of retro gaming who enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph may not find as much to relate to this time around. With that said, the clips released so far suggest that despite the shift in emphasis, Ralph Breaks The Internet retains the same kind of all-ages humor as its predecessor.
- Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018