The next film from Disney Animation will bring back every single Disney Princess — voiced by all of the same actresses who played the original parts who are still living. That’s exciting in its own right, but the odd thing is that this grand reunion happens in Wreck-It Ralph 2.
Wreck-It Ralph 2 concept art courtesy Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 opens in the US 21 November 2018. At the D23 Expo, it was revealed that the plot revolves around Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) and Ralph (John C. Reilly) having to go into the internet to get a missing piece for Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush. A clip from the film was shown, and here’s what happens:
Once Ralph and Vanellope make it into the internet, they meet Yesss (that’s right), voiced by Taraji P. Henson. Ralph tells her he wants to “go viral” and she explains that the internet is very segregated; it’s a place where everyone hangs with people who share their same thoughts. But there is one place where everyone shares all the same likes: OhMyDisney.com, the happiest place online.
And then we’re basically in the internet version of Disneyland. Iron Man is flying around. The Millennium Falcon is docked nearby. Tinkerbell flits by Ralph and he says, “I’m going to call you Stinkersmell” — so she throws some pixie dust on him. There’s a booth called Marvel Yourself where avatars go in and then pop out as Gamora, Iron Man or even Stan Lee. (“Excelsior,” Lee says.) Another place has a kid pressing the buttons on a Buzz Lightyear model. Just mashing away. Buzz is not happy about it.
Ralph and Vanellope realise that this place is bonkers and Yesss agrees. She said the place has everything, including food and merch — and then someone runs and screams, “Tsum Tsum,” a real-life popular stuffed toy, which Vanellope calls “little furry sausages”.
Just then there’s a scream, and things get next-level insane: It’s fans going crazy because the Disney Princesses have arrived. They’re being escorted around by Force Awakens stormtroopers. Vanellope wants to mess with them, but Yesss says they are off limits. So she and Ralph walk away but Vanellope doesn’t. She wants to raise some hell. So she glitches past the stormtroopers into the princesses’ room.
And they’re all there: Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, all the way up to Anna, Elsa and Moana. They are just hanging out and jump when Vanellope barges in. They’re ready to kick her arse when she explains that she’s a princess too. So the girls go around the room to ask how she’s a princess, and they each give their own slightly crazy story: “Did you get kidnapped?” “Did you get poisoned?” “Did you make a deal with a witch to exchange your voice for a pair of human legs?” And so on. And finally, “Do people assume your problems were solved because a man showed up?” (or something like that, I didn’t get the quote 100 per cent right). “Yes,” says Vanellope, and they instantly accept her as a princess.
They talk about how much they love her outfit, so the ladies decide to order some comfortable clothes. Now they’re all just hanging out and lounging. Snow White admits she can’t really see and needs glasses. Jasmine is allergic to cats. Ariel says she loves her new thingamabob (“What’s that word again? Shirt!”). She says she’s so happy, in fact, she wants to sing, and starts to. But all the other princesses stop her. Then Merida from Brave starts to talk about something in a very thick Scottish accent. Vanelope asks what she said, and one of the princesses says, “We don’t understand her, she’s from the other studio,” a reference to Pixar.
Just then, C-3PO comes in and tells the princesses they have a show in a few minutes. “Thanks R2,” one says. “Oh, you know he doesn’t like that.” “Oh, I’m sorry BB-8.” And 3PO leaves all mad. “‘You love princesses,’ they said,” he mutters. “I miss Captain Solo.”
“Too easy,” the princesses say about their jokes, and exchange fist bumps.
The scene played fast and loose with all of Disney’s brands and really had a kind of mean, funny, modern-internet feel to it. It was frankly kind of shocking to see the princesses not just in three dimensions, but being so… human.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 opens in the US 21 November 2018. An Australian release date has not yet been confirmed.