Wreck-It Ralph was by no means Disney's most successful animated feature, and not everyone was sure it merited a sequel. But the characters are coming back for more, and with the sequel's self-referential and pop-culturally aware premise, Disney has perhaps the best opportunity ever to prove it doesn't take itself too seriously.
In the latest trailer for Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the House of Mouse is shining that comedic mirror on itself in a big way, and though numerous, the Disney references are vast and blink-or-you'll-miss-'em quick.
It's no secret Disney loves its vast cinematic universes. Star Wars spans 40 years of films, Marvel has wracked up 19 movies and several TV series, and even Pixar manages to connect its many films through a treasure trove of Easter eggs. Well, Wreck-It Ralph 2 is getting in on all of the universes by putting Ralph and Vanellope in the Internet, a place where Disney has its own vast presence, thus giving them unlimited potential for references and pointed jokes at Disney's expense.
The latest trailer features plenty of general jokes about Internet culture — Amazon has a huge hub, as does Google, Twitter is a tree full of birds, and Grumpy Cat is featured on billboards — but the real fun is when the numerous Disney cameos hit the screen. Here are the Disney, Marvel and Star Wars references we caught in Ralph Breaks The Internet's first full trailer.
The Disney Princesses
Ralph's second movie certainly won't skimp on Disney Princess representation. They're all in attendance as Vanellope enters the Disney part of the Internet and laments her options are "princesses or cartoon characters." Belle, Tiana, Aurora, Cinderella, Merida, Mulan, Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel, Ariel, Moana, Pocahontas, Jasmine and Snow White wave to a crowd of adoring avatars... and threaten Vanellope with a shattered glass slipper.
Oh My Disney
Disney's official website for all its various franchises, film news, quizzes and nostalgic features gets a major nod. Which makes sense, as far as Disney's Internet presence goes as none of their various affiliated sites is as all-encompassing. Bringing it all together is the Disney castle, on full display.
Portals To The Muppet Show, Star Wars, Disney Animation, Marvel and Pixar
Disney ought to just consider this as a potential blueprint for a future theme park attraction. This shot really encompasses the magic of the Internet, breaking down all that Disney offers in one easy to navigate location. What looks to be internal portals for The Muppet Show, Star Wars, Disney Animation, Marvel and Pixar appear, covering the literal gamut of characters and properties owned by the Mouse.
Eeyore, of Winnie the Pooh fame, pops up to point out that not all Disney characters are cheerful Princess-types. Eeyore will appear in Disney's upcoming Christopher Robin live-action film with Ewan McGregor, so it makes sense Disney would want to give some screen-time to at least one of these beloved characters.
The Marvel character arrives in his suit just as Vanellope is about to write off Disney for having only cutesy characters. He flies over her and Eeyore, directing her attention to a bunch of Disney's other properties, proving Disney's got plenty of other options if Princesses and cartoons aren't your thing. It's an especially nice point to make to a female character, acknowledging that woman and girls get just as excited for Star Wars and Marvel as male audiences.