I should be asleep right now. Today’s been a whirlwind of emotions however and with the sudden drop of the new song from Imagine Dragons for the upcoming movie Ralph Breaks the Internet PLUS the drop of its highly anticipated second trailer I’ve found some comfort in today and have been sneaking a listen or a glance every chance I got.
And well, I guess if I’m not sleeping which is something my poor pup Bento would love me to do instead of goofing off on YouTube…why not do a quick reaction of the new Wreck It Ralph trailer and the glimpse into the actual story of the upcoming movie which has been pretty limited in previous teasers for the film. You can check out the trailer here.
Now if you know me well enough, you’ll know that Wreck It Ralph is my all-time favorite movie. As a child I had a love for arcades and with inspiration from classic films like Tron and from wonderful memories of playing Pac-Man at the arcade with my Grandpa, I grew up with a dream of someday owning an arcade that could bring happiness to all who traveled there to play the games. The arcade aesthetic is part of why I enjoy going to MAGFest so much (that and the amazing music of course). And it’s also probably what resonated with me the most when I went with my best friend Nov. 2, 2012 to see Wreck It Ralph at its earliest showing that morning of its opening day.
I saw Wreck It Ralph in theaters…12 times. And each time I fell more in love with the movie, the setting, the characters – EVERYTHING! I felt a special connection to the adorable Vanellope von Schweetz, someone whom I’ve cosplayed on more than one occasion. I held a special place in my heart for Ralph, the giant, lovable goofball who was a villain in his game who desperately wanted to be a hero. And ALL THE REFERENCES! My geeky heart grew with each little easter egg I could find.
Now it’s always been teased that there would be a sequel to Wreck It Ralph, especially since the movie was pretty successful for Disney (though it was easily drown out by the fame of Frozen lol). The team wanted to go bigger and explore the world beyond the arcade, entering the realm of online gaming. Similar to how many fans were waiting for Incredibles 2 however, it was clear that there would be some time before we finally got the sequel we were interested in.
Well, the time is drawing closer now, premiering Nov. 21 in the United States. We had some screenshots and teasers for the story line, albeit vague in anything else besides the fact that Vanellope and Ralph end up in the internet and meet up with the Disney Princesses.
It was exciting to see each new update…but I was missing some key information with each snip-it. I was missing…plot. What’s the point of going into the internet? Ralph didn’t learn his lesson about game jumping from what happened in the first movie? What’s the point? Even the smallest hint of what was going on was welcomed…and I was beginning to think they weren’t going to reveal anything more than what they had previously until the second trailer’s release today.
We start off in the arcade where a couple of girls are gearing up for the next race. The player picks Vanellope and we’re transported into Sugar Rush for the big race. Ralph is chilling in the candy cane trees cheering her on as she races through the chocolate streets. However, there’s trouble in paradise because the player is struggling too much against the steering wheel and it’s quickly turning into a nightmare come true.
Vanellope’s car loses control completely and we immediately see Mr. Litwak, the arcade owner, holding up the steering wheel that is now in two pieces and the girls looking on in disappointment.
Panic sets in as everyone from Sugar Rush evacuates into the arcade and their game is unplugged.
Vanellope is staying with Ralph in Fix-it Felix Jr. and she asks if she isn’t a racer, what is she? Ralph answers that she’s his best friend. Well, for our determined little racer that answer’s probably not good enough to settle her nerves.
Ralph announces they can buy the steering wheel part on the internet and get it to the arcade so Sugar Rush can be fixed. The duo travel to the internet connection and get sucked into the internet.
We are instantly hit over the head with internet easter eggs and jokes about ads you see everywhere including an ad for Sassy Housewives with a cameo pic of Aunt Cass from Big Hero 6. You then meet Bill Hader’s character who seems to be a broker or something like that for a game called Slaughter House, a racing game where the players can win money by racing.
Ralph and Vanellope enter Slaughter Race and find the area to be a dangerous battlefield for racers, featuring rabid dogs, sharks popping out of sewers, and explosions everywhere. We’re also quickly introduced to Gal Gadot’s racing character and her team whom everyone’s speculating that Disney will be making the twist villain in the movie (I’m holding out that Disney won’t be going that route because it’s semi-obvious but we’ll see)
AND THEN WE GET THIS EPIC RENDITION OF NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP BY RICK AISLEY! And it’s perfect!!! The trailer at this point is kicked up a notch and it goes by much faster so let’s race through as much as we can here.
Vanellope tries out a car from Slaughter House and instantly falls in love with being able to drive wherever she wants despite Ralph panicking beside her. It’s clear she’s viewing Gal’s character as a role model and it will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out in the film.
Vanellope shares she loves it on the internet and that she wants it to be her life. She glitches into the photos with the princesses, we get a look at Yesss in her office, there’s a weirdo in a corner, a greenish avatar which looks like Mr. Litwak, epic driving scenes, cat videos…
And then we pause on a scene where Vanellope and Gal’s character are talking on the hood of the car and Vanellope says that she can’t tell Ralph what she’s feeling. Ralph is in the background with a red mute button over him and in a bluish tint so I assume he’s invisible to these two. Then Gal’s character says one of the most profound quotes I’ve heard period from any of the teasers.
“There’s no law saying best friends have to have the same dreams.”
Ralph looks hurt as he looks on at the moment, as if he’s losing what’s most important to him.
Then quick flashes again, Ralph is flossing, FINALLY WE GET TO SEE THE MARRIED COUPLE FIX IT FELIX JR. AND SGT. CALHOUN, Ralph’s head on a goat?, Buzz Lightyear and Baymax meeting with fans, Vanellope getting chased by Stormtroopers, Yesss looking back with wide eyes, car chase, Ralph and Vanellope looking scared, more car chases, Ralph screaming Vanellope’s name as logs are thrown from a turned truck, Vanellope screams…
Bill’s character then takes Ralph into the Dark Net where they meet this guy named Double Dan.
And there you go, that’s the trailer. We finally got some real plot reveals for the movie. There’s actually a purpose revealed for why Ralph and Vanellope make their way to the internet.
So from what I saw from the trailer, I believe that Ralph and Vanellope were simply trying to buy something on eBay but realized they needed money to purchase the part. Thus they get zapped into the internet and search for ways to get money which leads Vanellope to Slaughter Race.
I’m not quite sure how we get to the Oh My Disney stuff and how we get to Yesss and how she’s involved in their story yet…but I’m really hoping that Gal’s character doesn’t turn out to be the villain. I would rather the villain actually be a virus-like program or maybe even Yesss or one of the other programs available during their journey. I just find Gal’s character too obvious for a villain choice for what we’ve seen so far. I expect more from Disney 😛 please don’t make her the villain.
All in all, I think this new trailer was NEEDED to get more fans into the movie. The previous teasers didn’t give enough for the viewer and frankly it was seemingly turning into another Emoji Movie. I absolutely loved the use of the Rickroll and it’s made this an iconic trailer for me. I’ll be watching it again and again until the release in Nov.
I’m really excited for Ralph Breaks the Internet and I hope Disney shows more love to Wreck It Ralph in the parks and with their merchandise with the movie’s release. I want ornaments especially xD give me all the sugar rush racers as ornaments please!
Anyway I think I’ll finally get to bed now xD thanks for reading my ramblings about the next Wreck It Ralph movie ❤