If you haven’t watched “Wreck-It-Ralph” (and you definitely should), or if you need to hit the “F5” key on your brain and get a refresh, “Wreck-It-Ralph” was about the titular Ralph, the bad guy of the arcade cabinet of the same name, struggling with his identity as just a “Bad Guy”. As Zangief, a Russian wrestler from the neighboring “Street Fighter II” game, tells us about his epiphany “Zangief, you are Bad Guy, but this does not mean you are bad guy". It’s with this ethos, and the help of a new friend named Vanellope, that Ralph figures out playing the villain is different from being an evil person. Pretty heavy stuff for a kid’s movie about video game characters in arcade games.
So it’s some years later in “Ralph Breaks the Internet” that we find Ralph happily living out his days with Vanellope, his closest friend. Every day is the same as the last, which Ralph just loves. However, Vanellope is not so complacent with this unchanging life. She shares her desire to Ralph for something new in her life, a new race track in her game “Sugar Rush” for example. Ralph has sympathy for his friend and obliges by “wrecking” one of the tracks in her game to spice things up a little.
Vanellope loves the change, but unfortunately, in the real world, this change causes the steering wheel on the arcade cabinet to break. The owner of the arcade can’t possibly afford the replacement part to fix the game, deciding to scrap it instead. That’s a death sentence for any characters caught in the game when it’s unplugged, so all the racers and spectators of “Sugar Rush” are relocated to other games. Ralph and Vanellope decide they will take matters into their own hands and go into the newly connected internet to find and buy the replacement part for the game. For characters of video games that run on handfuls of quarters just to play for 2 minutes, their understanding of money is surprisingly limited!
This kicks off the adventure in full as the pair travel to some of the most widely recognized spaces in all of the world wide web. YouTube (called ViewTube if I remember correctly), eBay, Twitter, and others I may be forgetting. It’s a feast of easter eggs with scenes that are jam packed full of eye candy. As the adventure progresses, doubt begins to creep into Vanellope’s thoughts. Maybe it’s time for a change in her life, maybe it’s time to move on from “Sugar Rush” and into a much more mature game called “Slaughter Race”. Is this so wrong?