In 2012, Disney brought us the unluckily hero Wreck-It-Ralph as voiced by John C. Reilly, and pairing him with Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) made for a fantastic combination. A sequel seemed inevitable but Disney took its time, letting the film’s creators come up with the right story (one that will appeal to both kids and adults), and the right moment, and now six years later we get to see what happens when Ralph and Vanellope travel to the internet.
There’s a lot of fun to be had in this film, and it’s brilliantly crafted, but there are also a lot of important themes going on under the surface, growing up, letting go, realizing that friends can grown apart and still be friends.
It’s actually a beautiful story, and has some well-earned emotional moments. And that comes from a smart story, great characters, quickly paced, and filled with fantastic designs and lots of detail.
In fact, alongside the story, I love the details, and the hidden Easter Eggs throughout the film. I mean the first film was packed with video game characters, and now, moving into the internet that opens up a whole new realm, and throw in a website called Oh My Disney (the princesses scene is brilliant), and this thing is packed with nods, cameos, surprises and lots of in-jokes.
The film features a stellar voice cast joining Reilly and Silverman, including Alan Tudyk, Gal Gadot, Ed O’Neill, Alfred Molina, Jane Lynch, Taraji P. Henson, and Jack McBrayer.
And when it comes to the blu-ray itself, I can’t rave enough about the picture. That is one thing I do love about a well put together computer generated image filled film; it’s made digitally, is transferred digitally, and then played digitally – there’s no loss of image, it’s sharp, brilliant, colorful and stunning.
The extras begin with a string of featurettes that can play independently, or as one half hour doc, takes us behind the scenes of the film and all the technical wizardry that came into play to create the internet, and the characters who inhabit it.
There are also two extras that I especially loved, one is about the Easter Eggs in the movie (in case you aren’t fast enough on the remote to pause them, or perhaps can’t pick them all out in the moment) and there are oh-so-many of them The other is a short feature on the film’s composer Henry Jackman, I do love a peek at how the score is put together and how themes and instruments are used to convey story and emphasize moments. The extras also include some fun deleted scenes, and a couple of music videos round out the special features.
Ralph Breaks the Internet is available on blu-ray and DVD from Disney today!