After the first movie was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award – and won an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature – fans have been waiting for a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph since they left cinemas bouncing along to Owl City way back in 2012. People of all ages fell in love with Ralph and the princess with dirty hair. The movie was received with great critical acclaim and the filmmakers were throwing around ideas about further movies before the first film was even officially released.
In October 2012, director Rich Moore spoke in an interview about the ideas he’d been discussing with Disney for the potential sequel. He wanted to bring Ralph and his pals into the 21st century, to move away from arcade gaming and to see how they’d handle tackling the internet and online gaming.
The years went by and nothing happened.
Moore and the co-writer of the movie Phil Johnston were drawn away from the project for much longer than they had expected to be while working on Zootopia. The movie’s success arguably made the effort they put in worth it, but it did mean that Wreck-It Ralph 2 felt further and further away for those who were waiting.
Today, the Disney Facebook page released an exclusive video – part sketch, part announcement – starring Moore, Johnston and the voice of Ralph, John C Reilly, finally confirming that a sequel is closer than ever.
The video began with Moore thanking Disney fans for their overwhelming support for Zootopia and went on to taunt them with the promise of all new movie. No matter how he and Johnston tried to formally make their announcement, they kept getting interrupted by Reilly and his conspicuously giant hands stumbling across the Facebook Live video.
Finally, the three of them teamed up to officially announce that Wreck-It Ralph 2 would hit cinemas on March 9th 2018, complete with balloons and streamers and screaming, celebrating fans.
While none of the other rumours surrounding the project have been confirmed – we’ll just have to wait and see if Mario really will be guest starring – this video alone has been enough to see almost 300,000 people flocking to the Disney Facebook page just to see it for themselves.