Why are we so obsessed with sequels? There must be a reason. It can’t just be Hollywood churning these out for the sake of it because audiences are being driven into the cinemas to see shoddy franchises such as Fast and Furious. The movies are still making big-bucks so there is an equilibrrium of nonsense going on that sees good movies turn into average trilogies at the blink of an eye. No one has particularly asked for these films to exist but, welp, here we are.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because Wreck-It Ralph, the Walt Disney Animation studios outing about a video game bad-guy and his quest to be good, has a sequel coming out later this year and it’s announcement rolled my eyes into a black-hole. Regardless, I went to a special preview of Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet footage to see what level the film is at.
Presented by producer Clark Spencer, Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet (the sub-title is what we’ll call this film from now on) revolves around our loveable misfits Penelope and Ralph as they continue to enjoy the world of arcade gaming in Litwak’s Family Fun Centre. When Penelope’s game Sugar Rush breaks, she and Ralph head off to find replacement parts to keep her plugged in. However, that means navigating the new and scary world of the internet.
Starting off the morning, Spencer introduced us to the small theatre he grew up in and how he was inspired to become a part of animation. Following this was an adorable feature which explored different roles in Disney and how the company impacted their career. This was a nice prologue to the proceedings and helped us get to the beating heart of Disney – the glorious animators. It was inspiring for anyone wishing to get into the company.
Following that, we were shown a series of clips, some in development and some completed. The first instinct of this looking like The Emoji Movie is highlighted. It is understandable as the two focus on the world of the internet, apps, and more. It’s natural for there to be an overlap. Fortunately, this is where the similarities lie as Ralph Breaks the Internet turns into a hi-jink movie about friendship and from what we are shown, there is going to be a lot of heart between our two lovable rogues.
Look, as I’ve already said, the idea of a Ralph Breaks the Internet seemed like a redundant idea. That’s when I saw the extended Princess sequence and, while I am not going to give anything away, I’m telling you that it is hilarious, and wonderful, and detailed, and brilliant, and I can’t wait to see it repeatedly.
All the original actors return such as John C. Riley, Sarah Silverman, and even Alan Tudyck (playing a different Tarji P. Henson plays Yesss (the three ‘S’s are important,) an algorithm with the ability to shift between stylish outfits, staying ahead of the trends. Whilst there doesn’t seem to be a true antagonist, there’s definitely set up for a major rift as Ralph and Penelope immerse themselves into the hectic world of the internet.
It may not be on your radar, but it’s worth connecting with this one.
Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet is out November!