Still from Ralph Breaks the Internet co-Written & co-Directed By alumnus Phil Johnston '04, image courtesy of Forbes

'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Co-Written & Co-Directed By Phil Johnston '04, Breaks Records at the Box-Offices

December 3, 2018

Ralph Breaks the Internet, co-written & co-directed by alumnus Phil Johnston '04, was released nationwide by Walt Disney Studios on November 5 to record breaking numbers at the box office. The film voiced by Sarah Silverman as Vanellope and John C. Reilly as Ralph, made over $119 million in the first 12 days of its release and is expected to make over a billion dollars worldwide, according to IndieWire. The film opened to $18.5 million on its first day, the biggest opening day ever for any Thanksgiving release, according to Forbes.  The star-studded cast includes Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot and Bill Hader.


In the second film about a villain from an imaginary 1982 game, Ralph - the hero, is introduced to cyberspace. As described by The Guardian, which gave the film a four-star rating, “Ralph and Vanellope must find a replacement part for her game – and avoid being sabotaged by a virus that replicates its victims’ insecurities.”  Ralph Breaks the Internet is a New York Times Critic's Pick and labels the film as an “incisive satire” while Variety calls it “an ambitious, all-around-satisfying sequel.”  


Phil Johnston is a writer, producer and director known for Zootopia (2016) which won the “Best Animated Feature” Oscar in 2017, and Wreck it Ralph (2012) which was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. Johnston was named one of Variety’s 10 screenwriters to watch in 2009. He worked as a journalist in Omaha, Nebraska before deciding to pursue an MFA at Columbia.