Vanellope von Schweetz crosses paths with several Disney princesses in the first look images from Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. The first sequel released by Disney Animation since its re-branding in the mid-2000s (unless you consider 2011's Winnie the Pooh a sequel), Wreck-It Ralph 2 catches up in real time with the citizens of Mr. Litwak's arcade following their introduction in 2012's Wreck-It Ralph 2. As the title implies, the movie follows Vanellope and Ralph himself on a wild adventure that takes them across the World Wide Web and back.
The Wreck-It Ralph sequel's plot is set in motion when Vanellope's game Sugar Rush breaks down, forcing Ralph and the sugary princess (voiced again by John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman) to travel into the internet, in search of the replacement part needed to fix it. Along the way, the pair receive assistance from such know-it-all cyberspace residents as Yesss, the head algorithm that runs the trend-setting video sharing website BuzzTube (wink, wink). Perhaps more intriguingly, as was revealed during D23 last year, Ralph and Vanellope further encounter characters from the many big IPs that now pitch their tent at the Mouse House. (Call it "Disney's Ready Player One," if you will.)
Indeed, Wreck-It Ralph 2 includes special appearances by stormtroopers from Star Wars, Marvel's various Avengers, and some of the most famous Disney princesses of all time, among other characters owned by the Disney company. It has also been confirmed that the Disney princesses in the film are all voiced by their original voice actors, including Tangled's Mandy Moore, Frozen's Kristen Bell, and Moana's Auli’i Cravalho. You can get a sneak peek of Vanellope meeting princesses like Rapunzel and Snow White in the Wreck-It Ralph 2 photos featured below (courtesy of USA Today).
Yesss is the blue-ish individual in the Wreck-It Ralph 2 images featured above and is voiced by Taraji P. Henson of Empire and Hidden Figures fame (though, of course, her body of great work goes well beyond that). Meanwhile, the purple-ish fellow pictured here is KnowsMore, a search engine voiced by Alan Tudyk; who, as Disney Animation fans have no doubt noticed, has lent his voice to most every animated film by the Mouse House in recent years (including the first Wreck-It Ralph, where he voiced the villain King Candy/Turbo). As the sequel's director Phil Johnston explained to USA Today, these characters challenge Ralph and Vanellope's relationship in new and unexpected ways:
“Every different person has a different experience with the Internet, regardless of age, and we felt it was a ripe world to push the boundaries of [Ralph and Vanellope's] friendship."
The mismatched buddy dynamic and eventual friendship between Ralph and Vanellope gave the first Wreck-It Ralph its heart, so it's encouraging to hear that the sequel will keep the focus fixed on the duo's experiences and interactions with one another. Sequels, as mentioned earlier, are relatively untested territory for modern Disney Animation projects, but so far Ralph Breaks the Internet seems to be doing a good job of expanding the first movie's universe, without losing track of what made its predecessor work at the same time. As for the Disney cameos and easter eggs, well, here's to hoping they're as much fun as they sound in theory.
Source: USA Today
- Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018