Being a retro gaming fan myself, I have consistently enjoyed Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” since its initial release back in 2012. The film was different than the usual Disney fare and stuck out as if it was an experimental attempt to attract both the classic gamers and the smartphone/tablet-loving kids of today. Although overshadowed at the Oscars by Disney-Pixar’s overrated “Brave” released the same year, the film found an audience and garnered critical acclaim. It managed to gross over $470 million while receiving its Academy Award nomination. Now that four years have passed, hopes of a sequel seemed diminished; until now. Disney has officially green-lit a follow-up!
In the first movie, Ralph broke through different arcade games in order to change his villainous reputation. This time around, he will be wrecking the internet. Rather than relying on the retro game vibe of the original, modern technology will be a primary component which clashes with an old school character like Ralph allowing a lot of new comedy to ensue. The film is slated to be released on March 9, 2018.
Original director Rich Moore will co-direct this time around with one of the previous film’s writers, Phil Johnston. Ralph himself, John C. Reilly, will of course be returning as well to voice the titular role. Although there is no confirmation on Sarah Silverman’s involvement as of yet, it is safe to say that she will most likely be reprising her role. Moore crafted ideas for the sequel during his time directing this year’s hit “Zootopia”.
Speaking with Variety, Moore said, “From the moment we started working on the first ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters…This time, Ralph’s wrecking wreaks 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.”
I couldn’t be happier that my favorite Disney movie of 2012 is receiving a long overdue sequel. There is a lot of potential that can be had with a character than can break through digital barriers into new worlds. What do you think? Excited to see another or was the original fine on its own?