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‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Highlights the Generational Divide of the Internet

While Ralph struggles to make sense of the world wide web, Vanellope fully embraces the chaos and wonder of the Internet.

'Wreck-It Ralph 2'

The newest trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 was released yesterday, and it offers excited fans a deeper glimpse into the highly anticipated sequel. In it, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) head into the Internet to find a replacement part to fix Sugar Rush, a racing game in the arcade where they both live. Along the way, they encounter Google, Disney princesses, and everything else cyberspace has to offer.

We already knew that Wreck-It Ralph 2 was going to focus on Ralph leaving his arcade behind to explore the world wide web, but the new trailer shows the sequel may actually be a giant metaphor for how adults often feel in the digital age. While Vanellope, Ralph’s young sidekick, fully embraces the chaos and wonder of the Internet, Ralph struggles to make sense of it. Whether he is experiencing the frustration of trying to use Google correctly or wondering about the logic behind the phrase “break the Internet,” Ralph always feels out of place in this new world.

Sound familiar? It seems that Ralph may be acting as a surrogate for many parents in 2018, who often feel at a loss while trying to understand what exactly their kid is doing online all day. It’s also a clever twist to have an arcade character serve as a symbol of the aging, slightly bewildered parent, considering arcade games were at their most popular in the ’80s, when many of today’s parents were coming of age.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 comes to theaters November 21.