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Ralph Breaks the Internet: Disney princesses and cameos - why you should watch the sequel
Our guide to the sequel's best bits, fascinating insider facts and voice stars.
Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph, is one of those perfect family films that both kids and the grown-ups can enjoy in equal measure.
Made by the same people that created Moana, Zootropolis and more, the Oscar-nominated Disney film leaves the video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet.
Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by travelling to the world wide web to 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. But will the internet survive Ralph’s wrecking?
To whet your appetite for the Wreck-It Ralph sequel, which is available in the BT TV Film Store, we reveal the best bits about the movie, hidden Easter eggs, who’s in the voice cast, and more.
Who voices the characters?
John C. Reilly is Ralph
The Oscar-nominated American actor (Chicago, Stan & Ollie, Step Brothers) reprises his voice role as the lead character, Ralph; a gigantic but soft-hearted man from the arcade game Fix-It Felix Jr.
Sarah Silverman is Vanellope
The Emmy-award winning actress and comedian also returns for the sequel, voicing Ralph’s best friend; a glitchy racer who is the main character of Sugar Rush.
PIC: Sarah Silverman as Vanellope
Gal Gadot is Shank
Fans will recognise the Israeli actress from her recurring role as Wonder Woman, as well as her role as Gisele in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Her character in Ralph Breaks the Internet - a tough and talented racer (above) - is thought to based on this role.
Taraji P. Henson is Yesss
The Oscar-nominated American actress (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Empire, Hidden Figures) plays an algorithm that determines the trending videos on BuzzzTube. Parts of her character were modelled after fashionable Disney villain, Cruella de Vil.
Jack McBrayer is Felix
The American actor and comedian (30 Rock, Late Night with Conan O'Brien) voices a repairman who is the protagonist and playable character of Fix-It Felix Jr.
Ralph Breaks The Internet also features Alan Tudyk as KnowsMore; Jane Lynch as Calhoun; Ed O'Neill as Mr. Litwak, and Alfred Molina as Double Dan.
3 reasons to watch Ralph Breaks the Internet...
1. The Disney character cameos and Easter eggs
Like the first film, Ralph Breaks the Internet references various Disney properties, including the Disney princess films (more on that later), the Pixar films, the Star Wars films, Marvel Comics, and The Muppets franchises.
This means there’s loads of characters who make cameos in the film. How many can you spot?
Well officially there’s Sonic the Hedgehog, Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh (voiced again by Brad Garrett), and C-3PO from Star Wars.
There’s also Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, while Kermit the Frog is seen briefly as Vanellope enters Oh My Disney.
But eagle-eyed Disney fans have also spotted some hidden Easter eggs, including Judy Hopps from Zootropolis:
While, according to IMDB, a mini-Darth Maul can be seen in the bottom left of the crowd of avatars, while a green-skinned woman who could be Guardian of the Galaxy’s Gamora, is clearly visible in the middle of the crowd.
2. It’s from the team that brought you Zootropolis and Moana
The movie is directed by Rich Moore (Zootropolis, Wreck-It Ralph) and Phil Johnston (co-writer of Wreck-It Ralph and Zootropolis), so you know you’re in safe hands.
It’s produced by Clark Spencer (Zootropolis, Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt), with a screenplay co-written by Pamela Ribon (Moana).
The team of Disney experts delivered a feel-good family film that both critics and audiences loved - it currently holds an approval rating of 88% on RottenTomatoes.com.
Brian Lowry, Senior Entertainment Writer at CNN, wrote: “The colorful action should delight tykes, but the smart, media-savvy asides make it especially appealing to grownups.”
Jonny Oleksinski from the New York Post praised the film’s subtle emotional appeal, writing: “Like Toy Story 3, Inside Out and Up before it, the touching Wreck-it Ralph sequel is filled with cute characters children will adore, but it’s also a sneaky therapy session for older folks. The latest tough topic: Growing apart from your friends.”
3. The Disney princess party - and a potential spin-off?
In the film, Ralph persuades Yesss to send Vanellope to a Disney fan site called Oh My Disney, where she meets and befriends the Disney princesses.
The result? A Disney princess pyjama party, of course! How has this not been done before?!
Vanellope meets the 'old-school' princesses including Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida.
But there are also a number of ‘new’ Disney princesses including Anna and Elsa from Frozen, and Moana.
It’s the first time many of the characters have re-appeared on screen since their original appearances, and it’s also the first time the princesses are seen wearing 21st century clothing, rather than the period fashions of their respective movies.
The fans absolutely loved it - so much so that there’s now talk of a potential spin-off featuring just the Disney princesses.
In an interview with the A.V. Club, Ralph Break The Internet directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore explained how the Disney princesses in the film have connected with audiences in a big way.
Moore revealed: “When you’re in Stockholm and they’re saying like, ‘Have you considered doing a movie just about the Princesses?’ I think it’s an idea worth exploring, because everywhere we go, we hear that response. ‘Oh my God, I love the Princesses like that’.
“Not just the scene meeting Vanellope and talking about what it means to be a princess, but then to see them in action - it does feel like there’s something to that - that people are finally seeing the Princesses do what you’ve always believed they could do, but you’ve never seen it before.”
Watch the directors discuss the power of the Disney princesses:
Trivia and Easter eggs: Did you know...
1. The band Imagine Dragons make a cameo appearance in the film, with the members voicing themselves. The band’s song Zero is featured in a trailer for the film, as well as in its soundtrack.
2. In the film, a legion of Ralph clones form a gigantic Ralph, which resembles King Kong. During the production this was labelled Kong Ralph and Ralphzilla.
3. Ralph does the floss - the dance move that was popularised by the game Fortnite. The game’s battle bus is also featured.
4. British YouTuber Daniel Robert Middleton, aka DanTDM, provides the voice of eBoy in the UK release of the film.
5. A character resembling the late Stan Lee - Marvel Comics' former writer, editor and publisher - makes a brief cameo in the film talking to Iron Man.
6. During the Disney princess pyjama party scene, Sleeping Beauty's Aurora’s wearing a T-shirt that reads 'Nap Queen', Elsa’s pyjamas say 'Just Let It Go', Moana’s wearing PJs that say '#Shiny", while Snow White’s PJs have a picture of a poisonous apple.
Watch Ralph Breaks the Internet if you liked…
Wreck-It Ralph, Zootropolis, Moana, Frozen, Tangled, Bolt… and any Disney film ever!
What the fans are saying:
Wreck-It Ralph fans absolutely loved the Disney princess scene, calling it the best part of the movie.
The scene even had a very special fan in the form of actor and comedian Josh Gad, who voices the character of Olaf in Frozen:
Watch the trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: