The first full-length trailer has arrived for Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, and despite the number of jokes available with the entire internet at its disposal, Disney surprisingly pokes the most fun at itself. Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his good friend Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) are back to take on a new adventure in a much larger dimension, full of so many pop-culture references your head might spin trying to catch them all.
There are obvious jabs taken at the mainstays of internet culture, such as the annoying auto-fill feature of search engines and, of course, the wide world of social media.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.
Sarah Silverman's Vanellope gets a majority of the screen time, lamenting that Disney's web presence is full of "princesses and cartoon characters." At one point she finds herself in a room full of Disney's Princesses and claims she's one of them. They point out all the things that make a Disney Princess a Disney Princess: "magic hair," "magic hands," "cursed," "kidnapped or enslaved." She rightly points out these ladies sound like they could use some help. It's a pointed joke about Disney's not-always-so-feminist history.
The trailer ends with a smart joke about the way internet slang and semantics take on a life of their own, despite not necessarily sounding the best. The joke being that "wreck the internet" sounds better than "break the internet."
We'll see how far Disney is willing to be the butt of their own jokes, especially with Star Wars and Marvel references popping up in the trailer.
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnson, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-Ralph 2 arrives in theaters Nov. 21. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jane Lynch, Ed O'Neill and almost every Disney Princess voice recorded.