During the Ralph Breaks The Internet Event, we were able to see the film with the cast and crew, at El Capitan theater. It was great to see the mixture of ages within the theater, and witness how the adults and kids reacted to the scenes. For this Ralph Breaks The Internet review, I will focus on how family friendly this movie actually is, if it’s OK for smaller children like preschoolers and early elementary, and parts of Ralph Breaks The Internet that might be questionable for some members of your family. I want to provide you with a parent’s honest opinion, without any spoilers.
The Movie Duration Is Good For Small Kids
The run time for Ralph Breaks The Internet is about 112 minutes, including the credits. This is a great time frame for smaller kids, since there aren’t many lulls in the film. With the bright and happy color scheme of the movie, and the funny yet heartfelt storyline, you should have good luck with taking your kids ages 5 and up. If your kids needs a break, rest assured that you most miss too much if you need to pop out of the theater for 5 minutes.
The Storyline Focuses on both Ralph and Vanellope
During Wreck-it Ralph, we learned all about Ralph and his trouble accepting himself as the “bad guy.” Within Ralph Breaks The Internet, we focus on the friendship between Ralph and Vanellope. If you have a kid that loved the interaction between Ralph and Vanellope in the original film, they will love this whole movie.
The Racing Scenes with Vanellope
Without giving away any spoilers, there will be some racing scenes that include Vanellope exploring a special part of the internet. While it will be fun scenes for older kids to watch, especially if they love playing racing games, it may be intense for your smaller kids. Again, if you need to give your kid a break from the theater, or take them on a bathroom break, this initial scene might be a good time to do so.
The Dark Web in Ralph Breaks The Internet
No spoilers! There is a certain funny scene in the movie where we go on a short adventure into the “dark web.” While the banter was very silly, it the visual darkness of that part of the film might be a little scary for smaller kids. This would be a good time to place them in your lap, or remind them that the color scheme will get brighter again soon.
Oh My Disney and Vanellope
If there was only one reason to take your small kids to see Ralph Breaks The Internet, it’s to see the Oh My Disney scenes in the film. If your family is full of Disney fans (of course you are), you are going to freak out over all the fun easter eggs you’ll see in this short section of the movie. I’m most excited for my 4 year old to see this particular scene because I know he’s going to yell out all of his favorite Disney characters he finds. Also, if you have a Disney Princess fan in the house, the already famous Disney Princess scene in Ralph Breaks The Internet is going to make them squeal with delight.
The Complexity of the Storyline
I mentioned above that the Ralph Breaks The Internet storyline focuses on Ralph and Vanellope together, but there are some topics that your older kids may want to talk about with you once you see the film. The importance of friendship, self-worth, pursuing your passions, making sacrifices for others — all of these topics will be great things to discuss around the dinner table after you see the Ralph Breaks The Internet. I was so impressed with the gentle way Disney handled these topics, I decided to create a mini-curriculum for my 2 older kids to tackle after we see the film together. Use this time to hear what you kids have to say about these complex topics.
A Questionable Climactic Scene
Towards the end of the film, there is a scene where we see Ralph in a different way. Without me giving anything away, most parents will realize the start of the scene. Trust me. While the scene isn’t extremely malicious or inappropriate, it may trouble your smaller children. Again, if you find that they are feeling a little afraid, allow them to use you for comfort. I wouldn’t leave the theater for this scene, because something really fun happens towards the end of it. Cover eyes, hug little bodies to comfort them, but don’t leave.
Stay For The End Credits
This should be a given for all Disney films now, but please do NOT leave once the film is over. There is a mid-credit scene your whole family is going to love and laugh at, and then there is an essential end credits scene. Here’s a tip: if you small kids need to get up and walk around, take care of that after the mid-credit scene. You’ll have a little while before the end-credit scene. It’s kind of comical how long the credits are in this film, and we were pretty certain they made them this long on purpose because of the end-credit scene we get to see. Just stay until the end.
Thank you for reading this Ralph Breaks The Internet review. As an honest parent, I hope I provided insight to help you decide when your family will see this adorable and fun film.
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