Ariel, Pocahontas, Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Moana, Vanellope, Elsa, Tiana, Anna, Mulan. Not pictured: Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Merida.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)
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Caution: spoilers.

This is the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. So... Ralph and Vanellope are now best friends, who hang out every night after the arcade closes. Felix and Calhoun are now married. Ralph thinks his life is perfect, but Vanellope wishes her life wasn't so predictable. So Ralph sneaks into her game to build her a new detour from the regular race track. She loves it, but of course... when the game is being played by a human in the real world, she isn't really supposed to have control over her own kart. The struggle for control between Vanellope and the unwitting player leads to the steering wheel on the arcade game itself breaking. The game isn't being made anymore, but there is a single replacement steering wheel available on eBay, but it costs way too much for the arcade's owner, Mr. Litwak (Ed O'Neill) to buy it. Meanwhile, it was just that day that Litwak had installed a wifi router in his arcade. Ralph decides to use that to enter the internet himself, and try to get the replacement steering wheel, to save Vanellope's game from being shut off forever. And he brings Vanellope with him. When they finally get to eBay, they join the auction... but amusingly, don't really understand how it works. They end up winning, but they don't actually have any money to pay for the item, and only have 24 hours before their bid is negated.

To earn money, they seek help from a pop-up ad named J.P. Spamley (Bill Hader), who offers them jobs looking for items people in the real world want, but most of the jobs are too small to earn enough money to pay for the steering wheel before time runs out. So they end up taking on a much more difficult and dangerous job: stealing a car from a badass racer named Shank (Gal Gadot) in an MMORPG called "Slaughter Race." Ralph and Vanellope succeed, but after a cool car chase, Shank and her crew manage to get the car back. However, she and Vanellope become friends, as they're both impressed by each other's driving skills. Shank sends them to BuzzzTube to meet her friend Yesss (Taraji P. Henson), who helps Ralph make money by creating viral videos. Meanwhile, Vanellope takes a temp gig as a pop-up ad to help direct traffic to Ralph's videos. This leads her to the "Oh My Disney" website, where she meets a bunch of Disney princesses. (Incidentally, pretty much the only thing I knew about the movie before seeing it was that the princesses would be in it.) What's really cool is most of them are voiced by their original voice actors... that is, any of them from the Disney Renaissance era onward. Characters from older movies, of course, had new actors. (I should also mention that at the end of the first movie, Vanellope learned that she was actually a princess in her own game.) Anyway, Vanellope teaches the princesses basically how to relax and dress comfortably. And they teach her to follow her dreams (via song). And she actually has her own musical number, "A Place Called Slaughter Race."

Um... beyond this point, I don't think I want to reveal any major plot details. But things do get pretty dramatic and action-packed. And the whole movie is really funny, with countless jokes referencing internet things, and Disney things, and whatnot. And of course there's an important lesson in the end. Anyway, I'd say it's even better than the original.

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