Wreck-It Ralph breaks in the new year by (how else?) wrecking 2017 in the latest Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 teaser. Wreck-It Ralph co-directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore are returning for the sequel, which picks up in real time six years after its predecessor (a different approach than this year's other big animated sequel, The Incredibles 2). John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman are also back as the voices of Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, who find themselves caught up on an adventure across the world wide web after a Wi-Fi router is connected to their old fashioned arcade.
The first Wreck-It Ralph 2 footage was unveiled during the 2017 D23 Expo, showing Vanellope and Ralph as they are literally sent flying through wires into the wild world of the Internet. Previously-released concept art for Ralph Breaks the Internet is likewise loaded with riffs on popular websites such as Amazon and Wikipedia (re-dubbed Amazing and Pictopedia for the Wreck-It Ralph universe). Unfortunately, you will have to wait for the sequel's first theatrical trailer for your next fix of Internet-based puns.
In the meantime, Disney has released a New Year teaser for Wreck-It Ralph 2 that shows Ralph breaking in 2018 and inadvertently leaving 2017 in shambles behind him. The Wreck-It Ralph sequel was going to arrive this March once upon a time, but was ultimately pushed back to this Thanksgiving (as this New Year promo reminds everyone) after Disney Animation decided to delay the since-cancelled Gigantic. You can watch the teaser below:
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Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer are also returning for the Wreck-It Ralph sequel as their now married video game characters Calhoun and Fix-It Felix, respectively. The confirmed new voice cast additions for Ralph Breaks the Internet so far include Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson as a "spam" character named Yesss, who crosses paths with Ralph and Vanellope online. Beyond that, several Disney Princesses are set to appear in the sequel, all of them being voiced by their original voice actresses (ranging from Jodi Benson as Ariel to more recent addition Auli’i Cravalho as Moana).
You wouldn't know it from the New Year teaser or even the short D23 promo, but Wreck-It Ralph 2 is going to be Disney's equivalent of Ready Player One, in a certain sense. On top of all the Disney princesses, the animated film is confirmed to include cameos from other popular characters from the many, many intellectual properties that Disney now owns (including, Marvel and Lucasfilm's franchises). So long as the Wreck-It Ralph sequel delivers the heartfelt storytelling and meaningful character development of the original to go with all these special appearances, they should make for the icing on this animated cake.
- Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018