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Why Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be the ultimate Disney movie


Busting out of the arcade and ready to go viral, gaming characters Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) are about to break the internet with the hotly anticipated sequel to Disney's smash-hit 2012 animation, Wreck-It Ralph.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is packed with a whole host of Disney favourites, as well as our heroes from the first film. So we're taking a look at why this sequel promises to be the ultimate Disney movie…

It features some childhood favourites

Just as we're recovering from the excitement of seeing Ralph and Vanellope reunited, the trailer hits us with the biggest talking point, as the feisty racer-turned-princess of the first film, Vanellope, stumbles across the Disney princesses we all know and love.

As well as the likes of recent favourites Moana, Anna and Elsa (the latter two from Frozen), we also get to see reimagined CGI versions of classic, hand-drawn princesses including Mulan, Cinderella, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and more. While this isn't the first crossover event for the Princesses (they previously featured in the 2001 Disney animated TV series House of Mouse), this will be the first time they have all starred alongside each other on the big screen.

This is reason enough to be hugely excited, but if that hasn't already whet your appetite, a lot of the original voice actors are also reprising their roles and returning to play the characters that have been so beloved by so many generations. Most notably, Paige O'Hara is returning after seven years to the role of Belle, having previously been replaced for some video games and TV appearances.

In fact, the only living actor not reprising their role is Sleeping Beauty's original Aurora (Mary Costa) who, at 88 years old, wasn't exactly suitable to play a 16-year-old character.

It acknowledges the vastness of the Disney empire

The trailer delivers plenty of 'wow' moments, but one of the biggest is when Ralph and Vanellope find themselves in the 'Oh My Disney' website, otherwise known as the official blog of The Walt Disney Company.

As we all know, Disney don't just deliver princess, anthropomorphic critters and some of the greatest songs ever written, they now also own such properties as Marvel, Lucasfilm and, of course, animation studio Pixar. This opens up the world of Wreck-It Ralph in all sorts of ways, meaning we'll see Stormtroopers alongside Sleeping Beauty, Buzz Lightyear and Captain America.

The possibilities are limitless and we reckon it is going to take several watches of the film to make sure you spot all the characters and surprises lurking in the corners. While it would be impossible to give all the characters in the Disney universe (and the properties they own) their moment in the spotlight, we're certain the film is going to have plenty of Easter Eggs that will delight fans of all things Disney.

It's potentially the most meta Disney movie ever made

This is a world in which the Disney characters exist within the world of a Disney website, within the world of the internet, with so many recognisable apps and sites that we know from our own world. Mind blown yet?

It will be – Ralph Breaks the Internet has all the potential not just to break the internet, but to break everything we know about the Disney world up to this point. Think about it this way: if the corporation that is Disney exists within the world of this film, does that also mean the first Wreck-It Ralph film also exists within this world? In other words a film within a film?

This is, quite possibly, Disney meets Inception – a combination we never knew we needed, and one which we absolutely cannot wait to see.

What things are you looking forward to most in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2? Let us know @Cineworld. The movie is released on 30th November.

Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.