Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is releasing the Academy Award-nominated animated adventure, RALPH BREAK THE INTERNET on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Fresh Fiction has some digital copies to give away. Information on how to claim yours is below, along with information on the release.
The rules are simple: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email. Title your email subject: “Fresh Fiction RALPH Giveaway.” In the body of email, tell us the most valuable lesson you’ve learned about friendship. The giveaway is active now until next Tuesday, Feb. 26 at noon, central time.
Preston Barta’s review:
The possibilities in a world as vast as the one in 2012’s WRECK-IT RALPH are endless. There are so many obvious directions to take the characters in and so many different video games brimming with nostalgia to pull from. However, filmmakers Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, who also worked together on ZOOTOPIA, avoid falling into the common pitfalls of sequel filmmaking by infusing their next chapter, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, with messages that speak volumes about the world we live in and how we live in it.
Disney Animation continues to push the boundaries of the family-friendly format by providing thrills and adventure for people of all ages to enjoy and underlying themes that have the force to open up one’s soul to new beginnings.
In RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, Johnston and Moore follow up their redemptive story about its misunderstood titular character with a new one about growth. We find our duo of outcasts, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), living in their “happily ever after.” Ralph is content with the routine nature of his life (the repetitive pattern of his arcade game). However, Vanellope wants more adventure in her life. They obey the formulas of their games from sunup to sundown, and even grab a root beer every evening at the game across the arcade hall.
Vanellope’s wishes of new adventures come true, but in unexpected fashion. Ralph tries to surprise her one day by carving out a detour track for Vanellope. However, it causes the game’s console to break beyond repair. To make matters worse, the game is out of circulation. So finding a replacement part isn’t going to be easy.
When the arcade hall gets WiFi, hope for Vanellope’s game surfaces. In a desperate effort to save Vanellope’s home, the two buddies brave the immensity of the World Wide Web, cruising over to eBay and unknowingly overbidding on the replacement wheel. There are two routes to take to put out their situation’s fire: win the money by stealing the coveted car in the online game Slaughter Race (led by Gal Gadot’s Shank character) and later by making viral videos with Ralph as the face to earn the clicks.
Similar to the characters in the first FANTASTIC BEASTS movie, the main issue for the characters in RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET comes at their own hand. Personally, I find the idea of characters creating their own problems in movies to not be the strongest direction. However, the curves Johnston and Moore throw in the path of their characters more than makes up for the fact. There are many lessons to pick up along the way, with the chief one being your goals don’t have to be the same as your best friend’s.
To no surprise, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET entertains and generates a lot of solid laughs. (The scene involving all the Disney princesses is every bit as hilarious and smart as you may have heard.) It’s a significant improvement upon the original film and connects parents and children with its perspective of online behavior. Log on.
- How We Broke the Internet – Go behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to get an in-depth look at how the filmmakers brought a world to life that billions of people visit every day but never actually see – the internet. Take a front-row seat as the team reveals the inspirations for the story and what it took to bring it to the screen. Discover all that went into developing the characters of the film including netizens like KnowsMore as well as characters like Double Dan. See the lengths the team took to create the car chase scenes in Slaughter Race and much, much more.
- Surfing for Easter Eggs – Surf the web for the near-countless Easter Eggs, inside jokes and references hidden throughout the movie.
- The Music of RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET – Take a look at the music of Ralph Breaks the Internet with appearances by Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, Alan Menken, Sarah Silverman and more.
- Deleted Scenes – Five deleted scenes with intros from directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. Scenes include Into the Internet, Opposites, Domestic Hell, Bubble of One & Recruiting “Grandma.”
- BuzzzTube Cats – Many videos were created by the animators to fill the screens of the Internet world…and lots of them are of cats! Check out the BuzzzTube to watch this hilarious cat compilation.
- Music Videos – “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels.
- (Digital Exclusive)Baby Drivers – Slaughter Racing School – Take a spin behind the wheel with the artists behind Ralph Breaks the Internet as they go to race car driving school.
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, Feb. 26. It is now available on Digital HD.