You saw him wreak havoc across the arcade, now watch him totally wreck the Internet! Ralph is back for a pixel-sequel like nothing we've ever seen before. Wreck-It Ralph 2 has officially been announced by Walt Disney Animation Studios via a Facebook Live video and already the excitement among fans has sky-rocketed!
It's been a week since Wreck-It Ralph 2 directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, and the voice of Ralph himself, John C. Reilly revealed the big news and fans have not stopped raving about it since. Moore, Johnston, and Reilly gave us quite a bit of information about the upcoming sequel during the video, more than anyone would expect from a film still two years in the making. Ever since the first Wreck-It Ralph broke the box office back in 2012, Disney fans have been demanding a continuation to the character's story, one that will successfully blow us away the second time around. Judging from the confirmed details of the movie, it doesn't look like we're going to be disappointed! Here's everything we know about Wreck-It Ralph 2 so far!
Behind The Magic
Mickey might be the one with the magic hat, but it's the team behind each and every Walt Disney movie that are the real sorcerers here. They're the pixie dust sprinklers, the magic makers, and they have one of the most important jobs any of us can imagine. It's the directors, producers, and screenwriters that make the movies possible, and when it comes to Disney films, it makes sense that the very best would be demanded out of these movie makers. Lucky for us Wreck-It Ralph fans, it appears that the very best have been put on the job!
Director Rich Moore is returning to direct the sequel to the first blockbuster, along with producer Clark Spencer. Joining Moore on the project is screenwriter Phil Johnston who worked with Moore recently on Zootopia and Big Hero 6!
“From the moment we started working on the first Wreck-It Ralph, we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters,” Moore says of the announce of Wreck-It Ralph 2, “This time Ralph's wrecking wrecks havoc on the Web – as only he can do. Characters we loved in the first film are back and we are ecstatic to be working with them, and the actors who voice them, once again.”
Which brings us to...
Wreck-It Ralph 2 Character Returns
At this point in time, the only confirmed returning actors from the first Wreck-It Ralph film are John C. Reilly, the voice of Ralph, and Sarah Silverman, the voice of Sugar Rush go kart driver, Vanellope Von Schweetz!
There is one character whose return is still unknown at this time. He happens to be my favorite character at that. Will Fix-It Felix have a part in the next movie? While Rich Moore hasn't given a direct yes or no answer, he has made his love for all the characters in the first film and his desire to bring them all back known.
“If it were up to me,” Moore says, “Every character would have another scene or a moment because I love all those characters.”
Moore isn't the only one excited about the character returns! John C. Reilly has made his love for his character quite clear, along with his eagerness to return in the second movie.
“Ralph is a character very near and dear to my heart. I'm really looking forward to playing the big lug again.” Reilly then added, “Making the first Wreck-It Ralph was one of the most special experiences I've ever had and I'm really looking forward to bringing him back to life.”
Video Game Cameos Are A Must
As you all know, one of the things that made the first Wreck-It Ralph stand out from all the other films released during the same time were the different appearances from vintage video game characters! Cameos from games like Pac-Man, Q*Bert, Tapper, Sonic, etc, were spotted all throughout the movie. It was probably every dad's favorite part about the film! Wreck-It Ralph 2 is sure to be just as cameo filled, if not more!
As you may or may not know, it wasn't originally easy getting permission for all those fantastic video game cameos (which you can read all about HERE) and when asked about the process of bringing in all these different faces from other games into the first movie and how that process will be different for the second film, Moore replied,
“It was very interesting going to the people at NAMCO, people at Sony who own things like Q*Bert and trying to explain things like what this movie was about and how Pac-Man played a part and Q*Bert and Tapper. So, like you say now that we actually have something that we can point to and say, 'okay, it's going to be a continuation of this movie,' hopefully it will be an easier task to line up some cameos and other video game stars.”
Since the announcement of Wreck-It Ralph 2, games like TRON and characters like Mario have been floating around the Web and are hot picks for cameos by fans. Just a suggestion, Disney.
Wreck-It Ralph 2 Plot & Storyline
Finally, the question we've all been asking: what is this movie about? What happens? When does it take place? What are the characters doing?
While Moore and Phil Johnston have kept the details of the film's plot line very brief and general, we get the overall gist of the idea. Ralph leaves the arcade and is now wrecking the Internet!
“The world of the Internet is the perfect place to send Ralph and Vanellope,” said Johnston, “The scope and scale are so vast and the possibilities for comedy are endless.”
Moore has also confirmed that the story takes place in present time. Six years will have passed in between movies by the time Wreck-It Ralph 2 comes out, and that's the same timeline the movie is based off of. Exciting and intriguing!
Wreck-It Ralph 2 Release Date
Wreck-It Ralph 2 is set to hit theaters March 9, 2018!
While it's not the preferred year of 2017, that is one year after Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales and one year before Frozen 2 and The Incredibles 2. We're just going to have to live with it. And, on the bright side, with two years left for film developing, who knows what kind of video game characters are going to show up in this crazy exciting sequel! Let the anticipation building begin!
What are you most excited about when it comes to Wreck-It Ralph 2? Who are you most excited to see return? Which video game would you love to see make a cameo? Share all your thoughts with me in the comments!