It was the first time Walt Disney Animation Studios produced a sequel to its animated film after previously releasing Fantasia 2000 (1999) which was a sequel to Fantasia (1940). Ralph Breaks the Internet again puts the director Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Richard Moore, to sit in the directing chair with the help of Phil Johnston who also served as the screenwriter of this film along with Pamela Ribon (Smurfs: The Lost Village, 2017). Like a sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet provides a broader universe for its characters but still retains elements of stories about friendship that have been the main focus since the film's predecessor. Not surprisingly, Ralph Breaks the Internet is able to come up with more colorful storytelling and characterization as well as emotional ties to a stronger audience.
Ralph Breaks the Internet is still continuing the story of friendship between two video game characters, Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). It is said, the Sugar Rush video game console where Vanellope von Schweetz originated suffered damage that made Vanellope von Schweetz and all the characters from the video game threatened to lose their homes. Not wanting to see his friend sad, Wreck-It Ralph then invited Vanellope von Schweetz to explore the world of the Internet - which they were actually new to and they had never visited before - to look for devices that could repair Sugar Rush video game consoles. As can be guessed, adventure in a new world introduces Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz to many new things and experiences - including an experience that makes them question each other about the meaning of their friendship.
If you want to see the structure of the narration Johnston and Ribon gave to this film more closely, Ralph Breaks the Internet comes with a fairly simple story building. The conflict presented at the beginning of the story - when the Sugar Rush video game console was damaged which then forced Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz to explore the internet world - indeed triggered a series of new conflicts in the next storyline. However, at the same time, the conflict occurs more frequently between the two main characters or formed in the character's own feelings. Never involving other characters, without the presence of an antagonistic character that must be resisted, or a complicated problem that really must be resolved - conflict about the damage to the Sugar Rush video game console even ends and is completed in the middle of the story. However, it is clearly wrong to view Ralph Breaks the Internet as a superficial dish. As a film director, Moore and Johnston made sure the film appeared solid by making the internet an inseparable part of storytelling.
With reliable technical and audio skills, Moore and Johnston designed the universe of the internet as a world where users can visit, interact, and enjoy various services or facilities in it. Smartly, Ralph Breaks the Internet compiles various applications and popular sites on the internet such as Twitter, eBay, Amazon, IMDb, until Wikipedia is like a row of office buildings or shops where users can pass by. And, of course, the opportunity to explore storytelling from the internet was used by Johnston and Ribon to present various references to various pop culture related to cyberspace as well as famous characters because of it. The blend of colorful storytelling and direction that controls storytelling to move quickly but dynamically makes Ralph Breaks the Internet look so fun to witness. Moore and Johnston also managed to provide a story building with an emotional touch in the last half of the story. A clear presentation made Ralph Break the Internet as a sequel that successfully followed in the footsteps of the predecessor's film.
The success of Ralph Breaks the Internet in adhering to the Wreck-It Ralph quality standards is clearly more perfect with the appearance of neat chemistry from the vocals of Reilly and Silverman. Acting as two friends who still had to face various challenges in their relationship, Reilly and Silverman made their two characters appear so warm and very convincing. Gal Gadot, whose vocal accompanies a new character named Shank, was also present to steal the attention. The quality of the animation design that makes Shank's character appear with such a vivid body gesture makes Gadot's vocals feel like a life for Gadot's vocals. The same can be felt from the vocal appearance of Taraji P. Henson who fills the character named Yesss, Bill Hader who plays the JP Spamley character, as well as vocals from the row of voices who have performed since the previous series such as Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch to Alan Tudyk . Solid quality that clearly makes Ralph Breaks the Internet as one of the best and most impressive animations this year. [B]
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Director : Phil Johnston
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Alfred Molina