It’s been another huge year for Disney. While much of the brand’s box office success this year has arrived thanks to Marvel and Pixar, it’s been some time since we saw the latest addition to Disney’s own Animated Canon. The next instalment, a direct sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, is due for release very soon indeed. Titled Ralph Breaks the Internet, the first cinematic Disney sequel for 28 years sees videogame villain Ralph and sidekick Vanellope Von Schweetz venture into the wild and wonderful world of the internet – and if trailers are anything to go by, it promises to be a crossover event to end all crossovers.
In any case, the first screenings for critics have arrived, and that of course means that preliminary thoughts are rolling in via social media and beyond. The good news, if consensus is to be believed, is that it is worth the price of admission. According to CinemaBlend, critics such as SlashFilm’s Peter Sciretta suggest that Ralph’s second adventure is elevated by the ‘character driven emotional center’ and a ‘deeper dissection of (the) internet’s pitfalls’. However, Sciretta was keen to suggest that it doesn’t outdo its predecessor.
Germain Lussier states that the movie is ‘surprising, funny (and) exciting’, and that it ‘has a huge heart’. What else could you really demand from a classic Disney animated movie? Many critics have also made sure to advise viewers to hold on and wait for the credits – which means that there may be some scenes or Easter eggs worth holding out for. In any case, it won’t be long before audiences can make their own minds up with regard to its place in the hallowed Disney pantheon.
Disney’s animated movies are currently in the midst of what’s being called its ‘Second Renaissance’ as a result of its movies dating back as far as 2009 receiving consistent critical praise and box office success. That’s The Princess and The Frog, Tangled, Frozen, Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, Moana and Big Hero 6 accounted for thus far – can Ralph’s sequel add to the roster? Find out when the movie hits theaters on November 21st in the US, and November 30th in the UK. As always, One News Page will be ready with a full review of the film – which you can expect to read the first week of December. Worth waiting for!