SPOILER ALERT! This article is obviously ALL SPOILERS so if you want to avoid them, turn back now. Read on at your own risk.
If you haven’t yet seen ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, are you wondering whether or not you should sit through the end credits? The answer is “yes,” because there are actually two– a mid-credits and a post-credits scene. Part of the mid-credits scene has actually already been seen, as it was in the trailers. What pops up on the big screen is simply an extended version, but it’s quite meta.
The trailers showed an edited cut of a sequence in which Ralph finds himself in a children’s app in which the goal is to the feed pancakes to bunnies. Not quite understanding the rules, Ralph begins shoving all of the pancakes at one bunny who has no choice but to eat them all, bloating up more and more. Cut to a little girl sitting in the backseat of a car, playing the game on her tablet, when presumably, the rabbit explodes and the girl screams in terror.
That scene doesn’t appear in the movie proper. Cut to the mid-credits scene of a mother and her daughter leaving a movie theater and getting in their vehicle. The mom asks her daughter if she liked the movie they just watched and the girl replies that she did, but “it didn’t have that funny scene from the trailer.” Cue the exploding bunny from the trailer.
The final scene is also pretty meta, when you factor in that ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is a spoof of all things “internet.” In fact, it’s almost a troll move on the filmmakers’ part. A message pops up telling viewers to stay put for a preview of ‘Frozen 2’, due out next winter!
A tiny clip of ‘Frozen’ is shown, before the entire audience gets… Rick-Rolled! Yep, the last scene is of Ralph singing “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley, before it fades to black.
Rick-Rolling was, of course, an internet fad from about ten years ago (at least) when people derived joy from tricking their friends, family, and coworkers into clicking on something only to find the music video which was a global number one hit in 1987.
Personally, I never got what was funny about that, because any day I can hear “Never Gonna Give You Up,” is a freakin’ amazing day. But anyway, it was a thing.
‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is now playing in theaters.