Wreck-It Ralph wasby no means Disney'smost 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 hasperhaps the best opportunity ever toprove 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 andblink-or-you'll-miss-'em quick.
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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 Pixarmanages 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.
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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.
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Billboards for Cars, Frozen, Toy Story, and Big Hero 6
There are a few billboards (or possibly game entrances) for a few of Disney and Pixar's best films. A desert scene from Cars and Lightning McQueen's face are on one sign and another show's Elsa with her magical hands raised. Each of them are small and easy to miss but make it look like Vanellope's walking through a veritable movie theater hallway of Disney releases.
Millenium Falcon, R2-D2, X-Wing Starfighter, TIE Fighters, the Death Star and some Stormtroopers
At least a couple of Star Wars characters get some speaking lines in the film when Vanellope is approached by a trio of Stormtroopers. They force her on the run after saying "You're coming with us, kid." Clearly, she's somewhere she shouldn't be.
Elsewhere, Han Solo's iconic ship hovers near the Star Wars portal along with an X-wing Starfighter. Several Empire TIE fighters fly in overhead and make their way to the Death Star. In the lower lefthand corner, R2-D2 can be seen near that same portal, but alas, no C-3PO.
The Floating Balloon House From Up
The Up house hangs over the Disney internet world, near The Muppet Show portal. It's so far away it's hard to tell what it is at first, but that exclamation point of multi-colored balloons becomes fairly obvious upon closer inspection.
Anthropomorphic Disney Animal Sidekicks
Rajah from Aladdin, Meeko from Pocahontas, and Cinderella's talking mice and helpful birds appear when Vanellope escapes into a room full of Disney Princesses and has to prove why exactly she qualifies as one of them. Other qualifications to be a Disney Princess, according to these ladies, include having magic hair, magic hands, having been kidnapped or enslaved, and of course, having had a man swoop in and supposedly solve all her problems. IT's a remarkably blunt assessment of the Disney Princess blueprint.
Dumbo And Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey
Disney's adorable elephant can be seen in front of the Disney Animation portal, featuring the company's trademark magic hat worn by Mickey Mouse in the animated The Sorcerer's Apprentice segment from Fantasia. The mouse himself is seen at the tip of the hat, conducting magic.
Captain Hook's Floating Ship and Big Ben
This one is real hard to spot, but way back behind the various Disney internet portals, near the Pixar portal, London's clock, Big Ben, can be seen looming. Captain Hook's enchanted floating ship from Peter Pan slowly makes its way around the tall clock. A nice reference to one of Disney's older films.
Iron Man's Repulsor, Mjolnir and Captain America's Shield
Iron Man's repulsor glove is front and center at the Marvel portal. Close beside it hovers Thor's mighty hammer Mjolnir, and a portion of Captain America's shield is also seen. Iron Man flies to the Marvel portal, as well,after zooming past Vanellope. It makes sensethat Disney might not want to actually put an animated face to any of their live-action superheroes, choosing to feature their weapons instead.
Beaker And Kermit From The Muppets
As Vanellope runs away from the Stormtroopers, Beaker (spending some time apart from Bunsen Honeydew) can be seen looming behind her. Kermit the Frog's head represents The Muppet Show's green portal, and is seen floating above it in several scenes.
Pixar's Lamp, Eve From Wall-E, and Arlo From The Good Dinosaur
The Pixar portal is represented by the Pixar lamp, seen bouncing and deflating the 'i' in Pixar before every one of their films. The white robot, Eve, from Wall-E floats in that same area while Arlo, the good dinosaur, smiles nearby.
Clearly Disney knows how to take a few jokes at its own expense. Were there any other Disney references you caught 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 actor ever recorded.