The only surprising thing about this news story is that it is five years since the original Wreck-It Ralph charmed cinemagoers to the tune of nearly $500m worldwide. With its bad guy therapy sessions (burping Bowser still makes us giggle), and overriding charm, it was a joyous exercise in colourful characters and nostalgic references.
With CinemaCon taking place in Vegas this week, there are announcements and previews galore, and whilst this follow-up was always inevitable, we now have a title to confirm it. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2.
That’s pretty much all we’ve been given, but you can figure out from that, Ralph (John C. Reilly) is going to be evolving from the world of console games, to the futuristic realm of the internet. This should allow for some contemporary comedy, probably social media or interactive online gaming related. Expect the Twitter bird or Facebook F to make some kind of appearance, and the villain to be a malware virus.
Co-writer Phil Johnston said, “This time, Ralph’s wreaking havoc on the web – as only he can do” and “the world of the internet is the perfect place to send Ralph and Vanellope. The scope and scale are so vast and the possibilities for comedy are endless.” He was backed up by returning co-director, Rich Moore, saying “our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know, but shows it in a whole new imaginative way.” Both statements indicate that the creative team don’t just want to rehash a formula that worked on Wreck-It Ralph.
Joining them will be glitching sugar mountain resident, Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), former nemesis, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), King Candy (Alan Tudyk) and surely primed for a Call of Duty co-op session, Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch), as well as the rumoured inclusion of James Corden, and a roll-call of as-yet unannounced voice talent.
Ralph Breaks the Internet will be uploaded to cinema screens in March 2018.
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