Acceptable Ethnic Targets: The Scottish. Merida's accent is exaggerated to being The Unintelligible. At least fans are able to translate what she said in the trailer. They completely changed her line to something even more unintelligible in the film.
Acceptable Targets: It's also possible that Brave itself is one, considering the exaggeration of Merida's accent, which may be a subtle potshot at Brave for beating its prequel at the 85th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature.
Anvilicious: Did they have to emphasize Ralph being wrong for sabotaging the game so many times?
Going a bit alongside Hand Wave. Besides just Ralph making the new track for Sugar Rush while someone is playing the game, the entire plot takes course over 24+ hours. Felix mentions that he'll cover for Ralph, but considering what happened last time Ralph wasn't there when someone wanted to play the game, it seems awfully convenient.
Some keen-eyed viewers have noted that Sugar Rush in this film is only a single player game with only one controller, when it has already been shown in the first film that the Sugar Rush booth is a two-seater with two controllers. Even if one controller is damaged, there would still be a spare and Ralph and Vanellope would not need to go to the Internet in the first place. This Retcon is seen as a contrived way to raise the stakes in the movie and kickstart the plot in the first place.
The entire prospect of Vanellope leaving Sugar Rush for Slaughter Race raises a number of questions. Ralph actually criticizes her for abandoning Sugar Rush, but Vanellope uses the excuse that there are 15 other racers and she wouldn't be missed. She argues this despite her being a popular character in the arcade, and even if she weren't, it would be rather unrealistic and suspicious for a racer to just vanish from an arcade game. That's not even going into the fact that she's on the arcade console itself. Additionally, a throwaway line is intended to resolve a part of the conflict awfully quickly. The rule of "if you die outside your game, you actually die" still applies to Ralph and Vanellope, which is why Ralph is so scared while they're in Slaughter Race. Right before the ending, Vanellope says that Shank updated her code to be a part of the game. It's a convenient way of resolving Vanellope's conflict having to choose between Ralph and the game she wanted, one which was never properly foreshadowed. Never mind the Fridge Logic that some Slaughter Race players will quickly recognize an new character added from a old game from an entirely different company. Turbo just got lucky doing this in the first movie because he was in a arcade, and was not seen by very many people. Vanellope doing this in a MMO is far more visible, and could easily result in a copyright lawsuit between the two game companies, or even outright lead to a break in the Masquerade.
After initial trailers received controversy for showing the African-American Disney Princess Tiana with a lighter skin color, among other questionable design choices that made her appear to be borderline Ambiguously Brown, the Disney Princess scenes were reanimated to depict Tiana with a design more accurate to that of her original movie (and her merchandise), where she was unambiguously African-American.
For Latin American viewers, this is the case with Vanellope, due to the complaints in the previous film regarding her voice, as she was voiced by Maria Antonieta de las Nieves, who was considered too old to voice a little girl anymore, compared with her most famous role as La Chilindrina. In this case, she's replaced with Liliana Barba, a much younger voice actress, and as such, much more fitting for the role.
With fans growing tired of Disneys recurring usage of the hidden/twist villain in many of its previous movies, many are relieved that the movie has no true Big Bad, much less a twist villain, unless one counts Ralphs own insecurities that serve as the Final Boss.
A criticism of the original movie was its Status Quo Is God plot and the fact that Ralph is heavily chastised for even thinking of wanting to change his bad guy status. While it may lead to a Broken Aesop, Vanellope wanting more or less the same thing and eventually achieving it certainly addresses this problem.
Imagine Dragons did the incredibly catchy and fast "Zero" for the soundtrack.
Badass Decay: Poor Ralph gets hit with this big time. The climax of the first movie has him fight through the swarm of Cybernetic bugs and a mutated Turbo, and establishes that even though he has a soft and vulnerable side, he can still kick ass. Here, he gets practically scared of everything in the internet and gets easily intimidated by Double Dan or Shank's gang.
Vanellope. Some sympathized with her and supported her looking for new experiences by leaving Sugar Rush for another game, others considered her an unlikable brat who for all intents and purposes went Turbo and a bad friend to Ralph.
Likewise, Ralph. Some disliked him and found him unlikable and whiny (his unleashing of the virus didn't help at all, though it's made pretty clear that you're supposed to see him as being in the wrong). Others sympathized with him and felt that he was right to be upset at Vanellope's deciding to abandon the arcade, even if he handled it the wrong way.
The Disney Princesses. Some loved their inclusion and found their Flanderization entertaining and funny. But others found them and their scenes annoying and unfunny and nothing more than self-promotion on Disney's part. Detractors also felt that they were a Spotlight-Stealing Squad who overshadowed the movie's original characters like Shank, best seen in the film's climax where they were the ones to save Ralph.
Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The entire song "A Place Called Slaughter Race" could be seen as this, but it's at least justified for taking place in Vanellope's imagination.
The princess scene. A funny self-parody, or shameless self-promotion?
The ending. Some enjoy the lesson Ralph learned about letting loved ones go, while others feel like Vanellope abandoning her game contradicts the moral of the first film and makes her come across as a selfish hypocrite.
Related to the above, Did Vanellope "go Turbo"? Fans of the movie are extremely divided on this. Defenders claim that unlike Turbo, Vanellope does not actually go out of her way to endanger the game she's in nor was there any malice in her actions. However, detractors pointed out that whether or not there was malice in her actions, Vanellope still abandoned her game for another one. They cite that Ralph did the same thing in the first film and gets called out on it, yet no one brings it up against Vanellope.
Contested Sequel: While the movie overall has been viewed positively by many, it still has its fair share of detractors. Some fans find the movie to be enjoyable, with cleverly-handled humor and some meaningful Character Development for its protagonists. Others feel that the movie's humor feels forced and immediately dated itself, that the storyline is weak and fumbles with the moral that it's trying to convey, and the ending creates a Broken Aesop for the first movie. And other people (even Disney fans!) see the whole thing as marketing ploy from Disney to push their various brands. Some even suggest that the reason this film isn't panned as much as The Emoji Movie even though they have similar premises is due to being, well, Disney, and a large sense of brand loyalty coming from fans.
Critical Research Failure: The film's depiction of the Internet is, at least on a technical level...not convincing to those who know the slightest thing about it, to say the least. The most egregious failures include.
When Ralph and Vanellope first enter the router and access the Internet, the automated voice inside the router states an IP address as "415-1037-483." This looks much more like a US telephone number than an IP address. In fact, this does not resemble any known notation for recording IP addresses. IP addresses, in IPv4, are 4-byte integers, typically represented with each byte encoded in decimal, as opposed to hyphens. In addition to there supposed to being 4 of them, each number, being a single byte, cannot exceed 255. It also can't pass muster as an IPv6 address, since those are notated using colons.
Designated Hero: Vanellope. The movie is portrayed as her journey to find a new purpose after she starts getting bored of Sugar Rush. Unfortunately, her actions make her come off as selfish. She readily abandons Sugar Rush for Slaughter Race, justifying that no one would miss her since there's 15 other racers. This is despite the fact that she's the star player of the game, and players would be bound to find something amiss once she's gone. If a scenario like what happened with Turbo in the first game occurs, she had just condemned Sugar Rush to being unplugged. And yet, we are supposed to see her as the one in the right when Ralph sabotages the server in Slaughter Race (though it was a pretty boneheaded move on Ralph's part) and she calls him out on it.
In the second official trailer, in one scene there's a visible stack of yellow question mark blocks in the background. The unmistakable 8-bit typeface of the question mark had people believing this would be hinting at Mario making an appearance in the movie, only to be disappointed to see that wasn't the case.
Esoteric Happy Ending: Vanellope is happy, but she effectively "Went Turbo" to do so, abandoning her game and its people. Meanwhile, Ralph himself is left with one less friend to confide in even if he's happy that she's happy, and she was better off than him when she decided to hang out in someone else's game. Also, the insecurity virus is still out there free to wreck more havoc in the future.
Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Follow your dreams, but if you have friends or family who are holding you back, you might have to face a tough dilemma to choose one or the other.
The Disney Princesses wearing modern clothing gives fuel to fans of "ModernAlternate Universe Fics". There's now an official basis for what type of fashion they like. The movie itself explains that they actually have no concept of what modern fashion is. They have to wear their default outfits.
Characters from various media interacting with each other in Cyberspace and entering various websites is a goldmine for writers of Crossover.
Fanon Discontinuity: Due to the... controversial nature of the ending, some fans preferred that the events of this movie did not happen at all, or at least felt like the movie could have ended on a different note.
In-Universe, Ralph ends up getting into an Ebay bidding war with another buyer over the only Sugar Rush arcade machine steering wheel available. That means that regardless of who won, one game of Sugar Rush was going to be fixed, and another game was going to be shut down for good (unless the other auctioneer was a collector).
Unlike its predecessor, none of the Nicelanders, except for Gene and, if he counts, Felix, get any lines in the few scenes they're in. This can be a bit harsh now that it's publicly known that Edie McClurg, who voiced one of the Nicelanders, Mary, in the first movie, has dementia. Every time Mary walks around and doesn't utter a single line, it may be difficult to know why that's the case for anyone who knows that.
Similarly above, Naveen has a cameo in the movie but also doesn't speak. For anyone who knows that Naveen's voice actor, Bruno Campos, quit acting shortly after The Princess and the Frog,note He does play Naveen again in Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (2011), but that's about it. that can also be a little awkward for them seeing as they know why Naveen never utters a word.
Stan Lee's cameo was exactly what a lot of his fans needed after his passing shortly before the film's release.
Similarly, when Ralph and Vanellope first see Twitter, Grumpy Cat is trending. On May 14, 2019, Grumpy Cat passed away, having already been immortalized in this movie even if the meme eventually dies out.
This drawing made by a fan depicting Vanellope interacting with other Disney princesses (Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Tiana and Ariel specifically) is a lot funnier now that Vanellope actually does get to meet the other princesses. And they even talk about their clothes.
This fanart of the Love Live! girls cosplaying the Disney princesses has Hanayo Koizumi (who normally wears glasses, but wears contacts when performing) as Snow White, and this film reveals Snow White actually wears glasses behind the scenes.
Heck, any fanwork which depicts Disney Princesses hanging out with each other — which exist by the thousands — will now have to deal with the fact that such a thing has actually happened in a Disney work now, for the very first time.note When depicted in the Disney Princess franchise, the characters are always looking directly at the audience rather than at each other, and even when they've ended up in the same room together in such works as House of Mouse or Kingdom Hearts I, they've still never really interacted with one another in any official Disney media until now, as the creators of the Princess franchise were determined to establish that they all live in different countries and time periods.
In 2013, there was a Real Trailer, Fake Movie for a film called The Chronicles of Rick Roll, which was about the Internet. This movie shares two similarities with the fake trailer: first, both films reference Rick Astley's hit song "Never Gonna Give You Up" (the final Ralph Breaks the Internet trailer uses the song, while the fake film's title is based on the Rickroll) and both have scenes where pop-up ads get personified as people.
It only makes sense for Ralph to become an internet meme In-Universe for the mere fact that the character he's based on is an internet meme himself. The film also released at the tail end of 2018, a year that saw many retro game characters become memes similarly out of nowhere.
The Internet has a building housing National Geographic, which Disney gained control of about six months after the film's release as part of its broader deal to acquire 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets. In fact, the entire Oh My Disney sequence is this in light of the acquisition, as the properties featured are now an even smaller fraction of what Disney owns.
The climax of Sofia The First Forever Royal had nearly all the Disney Princesses who appeared in the series be summoned to help Sofia when she's in trouble, much like what happens here.
"Holy Shit!" Quotient: At some point, Vanellope stumbles upon Oh My Disney, the Internet home of every Disney character created, including those from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and The Muppets. And Vanellope interacts with all the Disney princesses, all of whom are voiced by their original and current voice actors (Snow White is the only exception, as she's voiced by co-writer Pamela Ribon instead of Katie Von Till).
The ending has Tiana wake Ralph up with a kiss... from Frog Naveen, who gives Ralph a flirtatious smile. Ralph isn't really bothered by it at all either.
Vanellope's relationship with Shank has shades of this, considering that the two got along really well even after Vanellope starts out by stealing Shank's car. Shank acts like a pretty Cool Big Sis toward Vanellope, the two considered each other a Worthy Opponent, and Vanellope trusts her enough to share her own personal feelings with, something that she couldn't even do with Ralph, who's been her best friend for six years. Adding to this, Ralph's reaction and following actions upon finding out that Vanellope wants to stay in Slaughter Race with Shank are comparable to a jealous boyfriend worrying that he would lose Vanellope to Shank. The culmination of all this is Shank rewriting Slaughter Race's codes themselves to allow Vanellope to be a permanent character of the game. Viewers can be forgiven to think that there might be something developing between the two.
Merida and Mulan were already queer icons, but their portrayals in the film made them even more popular.
Shank has her fans amongst LGBT people.
Memetic Badass: Cinderella breaking her glass slipper and ready to use it like a prison shank has gotten her labelled as "Having no chill" and the way she does it implies it's not her first time using one of her slippers like that.
Comments along the lines of the movie being "The Emoji Movieif it was actually good" have become popular on the teaser's comment section on YouTube,note Due to that film's notorious reputation for being one of the worst animated films in existence, and as a cathartic response for it ripping off the first movie. In addition, both films handle similar topics. though this became less prominent after the movie came out and turned out to be a Contested Sequel.
Screenshots of the bunny getting overfed by Ralph during the trailer are being named to reference any instance of someone being given the same thing over and over again until it's too much (one of the many examples includes EA overfeeding gamers with lootboxes.)
The screenshot of the Moana-like girl screaming at what happens afterward (off-screen, of course) has already become a very fitting reaction shot for many situations.
The blatant reuse of Moana's model, with minimal editing, has become a meme within itself at the time the teaser was released. Disney reuses designs frequently but that was rather blatant, so fans poke fun at it a lot.
"Where's Sofia?" and "Where's Elena?" have also been tossed around. Sofia has met up with most of the Disney Princesses, and people think she should be in the movie since she's also a princess in a Disney project. Elena is roughly the same age as the Disney Princesses but doesn't meet all the requirements to be with them.note In order to be considered part of the lineup, one of the requirements is that you would have to start with a theatrical movie. Sofia and Elena both started with television movies, not theatrical movies, so they wouldn't be in the lineup even if they fit the mold personality-wise of most Disney princesses.
Related to the above is just where Eilonwy and Kida are, with explanations ranging from simply being kicked out to their corpses being hidden somewhere.
One particular promo gained internet infamy upon its airing for the sheer multitude of things wrong with it: it uses footage from the first movie's tie-in game for no good reason, Ralph's voice actor here sounds nothing like him (many have noted he sounds more like Kermit the Frog or Peewee Herman than Ralph himself) and generally seems to be making things up as he goes along based on the confused tone of the script.
Ralph/Yesss is also pretty popular, even if all of their interactions are business based, and how would a relationship between a video game character and an algorithm work anyway? She does seem to grow fond of both Ralph and Vanellope later.
Going full circle, Shank/Yesss is also a thing, mostly because those two were the first new characters advertised for the sequel, who also both happen to be female. Both Shank and Yesss confirm that they know each other, so they have met before, but they would also run into the same problem as Ralph/Yesss would.
The exploding bunny scene from the trailers, which quickly achieved Memetic Mutation status for the film. It wound up barely averting Missing Trailer Scene status, being included as the first stinger with a meta-joke acknowledging that it was only included due to its popularity.
Vanellope meeting every Disney Princess released up to that point.
Spoiled by the Format: The surprise factor of The Stinger is mitigated when you realize that "Never Gonna Give You Up" is listed in the credits but hasn't appeared in the film up to that point.
Some people are not happy due to the apparent lack of other (video-game) characters that appeared in the first film being present in the trailer (save for a brief Q*bert cameo). Though this may be justified due to fact that it's set six years after the first film, thus some arcade cabinets may have been removed from the arcade since, and the potential case of Screwed by the Lawyers applying to some of the film rights of characters that appeared in the first film may have shot down the chances of some characters (re)appearing.
This is either better or worse for those who were hoping to have Mario show up, since while all he got was a namedrop in the first film, he is getting his own movie (again).
Before that, the D23 reveal of Vanellope chatting with the Disney princesses was extremely controversial, with many accusing Disney of self-promoting pandering. Not helping matters is that many feel the princesses act horribly out of character, and the classic 2D-animated ones will be rendered in CGI. The point about the princesses acting out of character at least was addressed, as Disney altered the scene for the finished movie so that the princesses come off more like themselves rather than parodies.
The stylization and Only One Female Mold syndrome of the Disney Princesses, even the ones that were already from CGI animation. Though others argue that it makes sense given that these are versions of them on a digital medium such as a game, similar to Disney Infinity.
The few stand-out princesses have also been criticized to a certain extent, as some have derided Jasmine for looking more Indian than Arabian.
Felix and Calhoun only show up in three scenes (four if one counts Felix at Tapper's) despite being half of the main cast of the original. As detailed below, they have a "subplot" that doesn't really go anywhere. Tweets by the production crew leading up to the movie's release suggested they were meant to have a much larger role, which was later confirmed to have been cut for timing reasons.
Shank was revealed in August 2018, and the final trailer the following month featured her rather prominently. But in the movie, she doesn't have any development or much of a role beyond furthering Vanellope's plot. There's a strong argument that it would have made much more sense for her and her crew to be the ones to rescue Ralph at the climax — she would see that Ralph was willing to fix his mistakes, and he would see that she and her friends are good people he can trust to take care of Vanellope. Having cameo characters — who are already the heroes of their own stories with plenty of exposure — jump in and steal the potential thunder of the movie's actual characters in the climax did not go over well for many who were hoping that the new and returning cast would have a satisfying role.
While the Disney princesses were well-received by many, a lot of their Hidden Depths such as Jasmine's allergy to cats that were told on promotional media were never shown in the movie, making it come of as an Informed Attribute.
Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sergeant Calhoun parenting the Sugar Rush racers could have been a fun little subplot, but it's never brought up again until the end; even then it's never revealed to the audience exactly how they handled them, or how the couple and the racers felt about Vanellope leaving Sugar Rush. As it turns out, the writers (sort of) agreed — this sub-plot was supposed to be a much bigger part of the movie, but ultimately was left on the cutting room floor to help reduce the movie's run-time.
Contrary to a lot of initial expectations when the film's premise was first revealed, there is not a single scene in the film that heavily focuses around the presence of online gaming, barring the presence of the Original Generation game Slaughter Race and a throw-away reference to Fortnite. Ralph visiting an online game network such as Steam was a VERY popular scenario that was often tossed around by fans in order to imagine the number of video-game cameos it could offer, akin to the iconic "Bad Anon" scene from the original. However, this is still fertile territory for a third film should one be made.
The nature of internet comments is briefly touched on, but only in a short scene that has little bearing on the plot and is quickly forgotten. Given this film is about the internet, they could have done a lot more to explore its darker side.
Even though Wreck-It Ralph is a Disney movie in real life, there are no references to it in Oh My Disney! This could have led to some really meta jokes like another Ralph and Vanellope being there or Turbo appearing as a Punch-Clock Villain.
Imagine how much more interesting the plot would be if Ralph didn't get the wheel in time, causing him to see himself as even more of a failure than ever. Also, as a result of this, since Vanellope can get properly coded into Slaughter Race, it could have also been a place for the Sugar Rush characters to let their legacies live on in the form of bonus content, or maybe DLC.
Many fans of The Muppets weren't pleased that their only presence in the film is Kermit's head on a sign and Beaker appearing on a poster - no actual Muppets appear.
Once the trailer featuring a scene of the CGI Disney princesses dropped, reception to the princesses' designs were generally positive. However, Merida's round-faced and doe-eyed appearance is just... unsettling, due to her design being jarringly different from the rest of the princesses. There's also the fact that Cinderella has never actually been shown with visible ears.
The "sprites" that represent real-world people in the internet can cross into this. Most of the time, they have a wide-eyed neutral expression that can be unsettling to watch.
Unfortunate Implications: There was considerablebacklash after the official trailer was released, as it featured Pocahontas, Tiana, and Mulan with lighter skin colors than how they looked in their original respective films.
Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Vanellope. While Ralph is justifiably chastened for his overprotective clingyness, Vanellope's own misdeeds don't draw much condemnation from any of the characters (even those who suffer most from them). To wit: she seems to show little appreciation for Ralph's enormously impressive effort to save Sugar Rush and she decides to abandon her own game for Slaughter Race (putting both at risk if someone thought her presence/absence was due to an error in the game) and never bothers to discuss the move or its ramifications with the people she's leaving behind, such as Ralph and the Sugar Rush racers. Abandoning your game was overwhelmingly associated with the villain in Wreck-It Ralph. The original film even treated Ralph game-jumping without considering the consequences negatively, and he did it never intending to be gone permanently, not to mention having a much worse life than Vanellope does in this film.
A lot of people found the Internet world absolutely gorgeous, with fantastic and creative designs for the various settings. "Oh My Disney" in particular stands out.
The Stinger where Ralph Rickrolls the audience. It looks so accurate to the original video that it almost looks like the characters were just edited into it. Word of God says the scene was also a last-minute addition and the animators pulled it off even with the time crunch.
We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: This movie is about the Internet, so this trope is bound to be in play. A lot of audience members became concerned that the movie's various references to Internet memes and other current Internet trends would not age well, with some references being already outdated by the time the movie was released. Case in point, the movie's title is "Breaks the Internet", and there's a reference to Al Gore inventing the internet, there's a character named Yess, and Grumpy Cat makes a cameo.
Ralph decides to do something nice for Vanellope and build her a new track. You'd Expect: Ralph to build it while the arcade's closed, or at least when someone's not playing. Instead: Ralph builds it while someone's playing as Vanellope. As A Result: Vanellope goes onto the track against the player's commands, causing the player to accidentally break the steering wheel component, which causes Litwak to unplug Sugar Rush.
Vanellope's not much better, due to her decision to go against the player's commands and explore the track while the race is still going on.