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Ralph Breaks The Internet

Why have Disney brought up every major franchise going? From Marvel to LucasFilm Disney have swallowed them all up, why? Yes, well done to make more money, but based on this evidence to also allow all those products occupy, dominate and rule one space. Online. So it makes sense that Disney also have a little fun with it. Step forward Ralph Breaks The Internet.

Six years after Wreck It Ralph, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his best friend forever Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) have formed a happy life flitting from game to game. But when Vanellope’s game looks like it might be discontinued in the arcade the pair head into the internet to see if they can fix the problem. What they uncover is a world of possibilities and one they are ill-equipped to handle.

The first Ralph film was a smart little examination of a move to something more complex in the gaming world, a kiss goodbye to nostalgic moments that defined a childhood in favour of something more point, aim and kill. In Ralph Breaks The Internet we are given a satirical look at the world wide web. Yes, on one hand it can be seen as a cute little story about best friends finding they don’t have to do everything and share everything to still be friends. But that in itself hints at what the internet has become. A sense of validating our lives through the chaos that is social media.

It is rare for a film to manage to so universally appeal to adults and children in such effective but such different ways. The colours, adorable characters and breakneck adventure will appeal to the younger audience members. Meanwhile the pastiche social commentary tick all the boxes for the grown-ups. And then there are the scenes that will have both laughing with pure pleasure. Any film that manages to include a scene in which a host of Disney princesses talk through their most obvious troupes but still end up owning their feelings should be celebrated. It also contains a Disney awakening song wonderfully named A Place Called Slaughter Race.

Inventive, colourful and smartly-funny, Ralph Breaks The Internet is one of the most satisfying and funny family films in recent memory.

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com

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Ralph Breaks The Internet

Disney’s Academy Award® nominated “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” is available instantly on Digital Download HD/SD from 25th March and physically on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 1stApril. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” arrives home with a wide-range of exclusive extras, taking fans behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to explore how artists created the film’s vibrant version of the internet — from comical cat videos to the intense online game Slaughter Race to shady characters on the Dark Net. Features also reveal some Easter eggs — inside jokes and references to other Disney films and characters hidden throughout the film — and filmmakers introduce some never before revealed deleted scenes.

The animated adventure featuring video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman), raced to No. 1 opening weekend (the second biggest Thanksgiving opening of all time), winning the top spot at the domestic box office for three consistent weeks and grossing more than $435.1 million to date. In the hilarious, highspeed sequel to 2012’s Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” the besties risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an action-packed attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush. “Ralph Breaks the Internet”.

Directed by Rich Moore (Academy Award winning “Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” welcomes back favorite cast and characters introduced six years ago, including Reilly, who provides the voice of Ralph, and Silverman, who returns as the voice of Vanellope. Lending a virtual hand to Ralph and Vanellope is Shank, voiced by Gal Gadot, a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces — so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had. Yesss, voiced by Taraji P. Henson, the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site BuzzzTube, makes Ralph a viral sensation. Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch return as the voices of Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sergeant Calhoun, respectively, and Disney Animation’s good luck charm, actor Alan Tudyk was called on to voice a search engine named KnowsMore — literally a know-it-all — who runs a search bar and helps Ralph and Vanellope on their quest. Lots of exciting cameos are also featured in the film including a scene that reunites all of the original (living) Disney Princess voice cast.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” will be packaged and released several different ways, offering families the flexibility to watch the movie instantly and on a variety of different devices of their choosing. The film is available in on Digital Download HD and SD and physically on DVD and Blu-ray™. Box sets containing both “Wreck It Ralph” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” will also be available to purchase on 1st April in both DVD and Blu-ray™ formats.

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