A Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 scene from D23 features Disney princesses new and old - voiced by the original actresses. Walt Disney Animation Studios has been around for nearly a century, and the concept for which it's arguably most famous - the Disney princesses - originated with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. Since Snow White sang her way into the hearts of moviegoers, Disney's animated films have introduced all kinds of princesses, from Beauty and the Beast's Belle and The Little Mermaid's Ariel to the titular heroines of Mulan and Moana.
Of course Disney's animation studio has been responsible for beloved films that have nothing to do with princesses, including 2012's Wreck-It Ralph, which focuses on the villain of an arcade game who wants to become a hero. Along the way, Ralph (John C. Reilly) meets Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) and the two form an unlikely friendship. Next, the dynamic duo will return in Disney's sequel to Wreck-It Ralph and a scene showcased at the studio's D23 Expo features the stars meeting some of Disney's most iconic characters.
During the Disney/Pixar Animation panel at D23, the studio debuted a scene from Ralph Breaks the Internet in which Ralph and Vanellope meet many of the Disney princesses - who are voiced by the original actresses. The scene features meta humor, poking fun at Merida (who's considered an official Disney princess despite her film, Brave, being created by Pixar), and includes Vanellope becoming an honorary Disney princess. Following the scene, Disney brought all the actresses out on stage.
The Wreck-It Ralph 2 scene featured during the animation panel included Ariel (Jodi Benson), Belle (Paige O’Hara), Aladdin’s Jasmine (Linda Larkin), Pocahontas (Irene Bedard), The Princess and the Frog’s Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), Tangled’s Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), Merida (Kelly Macdonald), Frozen’s Anna (Kristen Bell), and Moana (Auli’i Cravalho). Bell was already in attendance at the panel previewing both Frozen 2 and the film's related short, Olaf's Frozen Adventure.
In addition to the Disney princesses, the D23 footage of Wreck-It Ralph 2 featured references to other Disney-owned properties like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This footage previews a wholly expanded world in Ralph Breaks the Internet, whereas Wreck-It Ralph stayed within the confines of the arcade in which Ralph and Vanellope's games were located - and they were original games at that. With the whole of the internet at their disposal, the creative team on Ralph Breaks the Internet certainly seems to be taking advantage of that to make use of other Disney properties for what should be an entertaining sequel.
While the footage from Ralph Breaks the Internet shown at D23 likely won't be released online anytime soon - since the film doesn't hit theaters until November 2018 - these tidbits of information certainly tease an exciting and funny sequel to the studio's 2012 hit. But, for those not in attendance at D23, hopefully Disney will unveil something official from Wreck-It Ralph 2 soon for fans.
- Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018