Disney debuted the teaser trailer for its highly anticipated sequel Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, which takes the beloved duo of Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz from the arcade to the world wide web. Already, we see that the movie will be just as colorful as its predecessor, plunging the two lead characters into a digital reality all too familiar to audiences. Annoying ads, cat pictures and frequently visited websites make an appearance, opening the doors to any number of Easter eggs.
And while mentions of National Geographic and Super Mario Bros. have already been spotted in the teaser trailer, there may be an overlooked nod to Disney’s 2016 hit Moana, in the form of Baby Moana.
Near the end of the teaser, we’re shown a little girl riding in the back of a car, playing her favorite game of pancakes and milkshakes on a tablet device. Instantly, Disney fans can recognize the traits and character design of Baby Moana. The small nose, the skin tone, the same big brown eyes, the short hair, the matching eyebrows. We met this younger version of Moana in the opening scene of that film. All that’s missing is an ocean, a pet pig and an enormous, Dwayne Johnson-like companion.
While this certainly seems to be a Moana Easter egg, some may dismiss it as only the most recent example of Disney recycling character models and animation.
However, considering that Wreck-It Ralph helped to launch Disney’s current streak of critically acclaimed animated hits that includes Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Moana, it’s possible the production team simply wanted to include a little nod to a previously release — something done countless times, from Aladdin to Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.
We’re not saying it’s the very same Moana, who somehow traveled through time to play a game of pancakes and milkshakes. But given the many fan theories about most of Disney and Pixar’s animated films taking place in the same universe, we’re certain this will serve as more fuel to the fire for some new layers to these elaborate theories. For now, we’ll just call it what it is: a fun little Easter egg that acknowledges a beloved film.
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnson, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-Ralph 2 arrives in theaters Nov. 21.
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