Ralph Breaks the Internet is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the sequel to the 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph about an arcade game villain who wants a role reversal, making it Disney’s 57th feature-length animated film. The film was directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston (who wrote the screenplay with Pamela Ribon), and executive-produced by John Lasseter, Chris Williams, and Jennifer Lee.[a] It features voicework by John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, and Ed O’Neill (reprising their roles from the first film), with Alan Tudykreturning to voice a new character, and new additions to the cast that include Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson and Alfred Molina.
Six years after the first film, Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz have been best friends since their previous misadventures, hanging out every night after work in Litwak’s Family Fun Center and Arcade. While Ralph is content with his current life, Vanellope admits to being bored with her game’s predictability and wishes for something new. The next day, Ralph attempts to fulfill her desires by creating a secret bonus track during a race. Vanellope overrides player control to test it out, but the resulting conflict between her and the player results in the cabinet’s steering wheel being broken. Since the company that made Sugar Rush is defunct, one of the kids finds a replacement for Mr. Litwak on eBay. However, Litwak deems it too expensive and has no choice but to unplug Sugar Rush, leaving the game’s characters homeless.
Later that night, after talking with Fix-It Felix Jr., Ralph decides to enter the internet via Litwak’s recently installed Wi-Fi router to obtain the new wheel on eBay. Ralph brings Vanellope with him, and although they place a winning bid of $27,001 to obtain the wheel, they cannot pay and must make the purchase within 24 hours. The two turn to J.P Spamley to quickly make money, receiving a lucrative job of stealing a valuable car belonging to Shank from Slaughter Race. Ralph and Vanellope steal the car, but are forced to return it. Shank compliments Vanellope’s driving skills and points the duo towards Yesss at BuzzzTube, where Ralph decides to make a series of viral videos playing off popular trends to get the money.
As Ralph’s videos become a viral sensation, an excited Vanellope joins Yesss’s staff in spamming users with pop-up ads. A concerned Ralph convinces Yesss to send Vanellope to a Disney site, where she meets the Disney Princesses while escaping from the First Order Stormtroopers. Vanellope befriends the princesses and is encouraged by them to address her sense of unfulfillment, reaching a musical epiphany when Ralph calls her upon earning the money to purchase the wheel. When Vanellope does not show up at eBay, Ralph’s second call causes him to overhear her confessing to Shank she wants to stay in Slaughter Race because its unpredictability and challenges made her feel so alive. Horrified at the thought of Vanellope leaving him, Ralph turns to Spamley for a way to make Slaughter Race too boring for Vanellope by slowing everything down. Spamley takes Ralph to meet Double Dan, who gives him an insecurity virus, which replicates any flaw it finds. When Ralph unleashes the virus in Slaughter Race, it unexpectedly replicates Vanellope’s glitch across the game, triggering a server reboot and forcing Ralph to rescue Vanellope before the reboot deletes her from the game.