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Try as he might, Ralph (John C. Reilly) most certainly didn't wreck Wreck-It Ralph. Instead, the incredibly inventive Walt Disney Animation feature received an Oscar nomination back in 2012 as it wracked up $471 million in global grosses. A sequel was inevitable, and now we know what Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be about. Check out this cool promo vid, an app suggesting that Ralph's about to take the internet by storm:
Walt Disney held its official panel at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, and in addition to screening Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in its entirety (see the reactions to that sequel right here), the studio dropped details about Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Yep, that will be the title of the new movie, directed by original Ralph helmer Rich Moore and screenwriter Phil Johnston. The studio also confirmed that in addition to John C. Reilly as the title character and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, Wreck-It Ralph 2 will see the return of Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer. As you can probably tell by the title, the sequel will set Ralph loose on the Web. Specific details beyond that are limited, but John Moore elaborated a bit about how the Internet will give them creators a much larger playing field when he said, in an official Disney release:
To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore. Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know -- the internet -- but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.
As you will recall, 2012's Wreck-It Ralph focused on the characters in a Donkey Kong-esque video game who were eventually able to break free of the confines of their stand-up arcade consoles and explore rival games. Ralph (John C. Reilly) ends up on an adventure in Sugar Rush, a go-kart game that is being controlled by the evil King Candy (Alan Tudyk). By the end of the movie, Ralph had proven to everyone that he wasn't the stereotypical bad guy.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 hits U.S. theaters on March 9, 2018. Knowing what we know about the original movie, and how popular it turned out to be, we expect the sequel to massively improve on that success, creating yet another hit for Disney Animation. That arm of the studio has been on a roll lately, with Moana and Zootopia being a stellar one-two punch in 2016. There are no movies on the slate for Disney Animation until Wreck-It Ralph 2, but I have a feeling this one will be worth the wait.