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Online culture can be difficult to represent accurately for the world of entertainment, but "Ralph Breaks the Internet" nails it completely.
Disney manages to make a full movie about the Internet (in theaters on Wednesday) without satisfying the stereotypes. The references feel authentic and intelligent while avoiding the downcast factor that critics who reviewed "The Emoji movie" knew very well.
The five most successful representations of social networks and viral videos in "Ralph Breaks the Internet":
1. YouTube is not just a place for silly cat videos, it's a platform where people make a legitimate living.
Well, then the online video site of the "Ralph" universe is technically called BuzzzTube, but we're talking about the same thing here. Yesss (voiced by Taraji P. Henson), the "main algorithm" of BuzzzTube, tells Ralph (John C. Reilly) that he can earn a lot of money if he can produce a handful of viral videos.
Yesss (voiced by Taraji P. Henson, center) shows Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) around cyberspace in the animated sequel "Ralph Breaks the Internet." (Photo: DISNEY)
And that's true for YouTube's real-life stars: Lilly Singh, one of the leading creators of content on the site, has more than 14 million subscribers and He obtained an estimated $ 10.5 million last year.
Bonus: hardcore fans may notice an appearance of an animated version of YouTube star Colleen Ballinger (better known online as her extravagant alter ego Miranda Sings).
2. But make no mistake, some pretty silly things go viral.
Before Ralph can make a viral video, he needs to learn what topics generally work well online. Among them: the challenge of phantom pepper, goats and "Chewbacca dad: it's like Chewbacca's mom, but a dad", as one of Yesss's assistants puts it.
Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly, center left) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) are captivated by the World Wide Web in "Ralph Breaks the Internet". (Photo: DISNEY)
3. Of course, eBay would look like a great IRL auction house.
Ralph and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) went through various social networks and online sites during their visit to the World Wide Web, and Disney became creative with the way these digital forums manifested in physical locations.
Instagram, for example, is a large art museum with user posts hanging all over the walls, while eBay is a huge warehouse for individual auctions. Twitter is literally a group of birds singing in the trees.
Ralph and Vanellope also encounter the physical embodiment of an emerging ad: a guy named J.P. Spamley (played by an uncredited Bill Hader), which brings the duo back to their house in decadence and unpleasantness. He claims that his "antivirus boy was here" as something that looks like the digital version of a cockroach.
4. Do. Do not read. The. Comments.
At one point, Ralph innocently walks around a sinister part of BuzzzTube: the comments section. Start reading some kind words from excited users to see it in videos and naively comment that the Internet is "so positive!"
But then some supersigns, but also ridiculously clean as the comments go, because this is an animation classified by PG, prove otherwise. Ralph is called "stupid", "fat and ugly" and a "vagabond worthless".
Stay away from the comments section, Ralph. They will only bother you and none of them is as SFW as this one.
5. The vine may be dead, but the references live.
Vine, a popular application that allowed users to upload six-second videos, closed in 2017, but fans of fast, ridiculous and irreverent videos have uploaded their favorites to YouTube.
It is a shot of a blink of an eye, but a child playing an online video game has a large orange "Road Work Ahead" sign hanging on the wall of his room. The fingers are crossed so that the writers have thought of it as a nod to a popular vid, in which a young man sees a sign that says "Road Work Ahead" and expresses in a tone of concern: "Uh, yes, I hope so be!"
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