Wreck-It Ralph 2 has a name and a release date

Find out when you’ll finally be able to see the Wreck-It Ralph sequel

The best way of cutting through grey skies and daunting current events is with some happy, sparkly Walt Disney Animation Studios news, so we’re gonna do just that. Today’s happy, sparkly news comes in the form of titbits about the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph.

At Cinemacon this week, Disney’s distribution chief Dave Hollis revealed that sequel will be called Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, and will be hitting cinemas on 9 March 2018.

In a press release, director Rich Moore said: “To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore. Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.”

Here’s a fun teaser Walt Disney Animation Studios shared on its Facebook page:

It has also recently been confirmed that Jane Lynch, who voiced the badass Sergeant Calhoun in the first film, will be returning to reprise her role in Ralph Breaks The Internet, as will Jack McBrayer who voiced Ralph’s rival Fix-It Felix.

Lynch and McBrayer join John C Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph himself and Sarah Silverman as Ralph’s racer friend Vanellope von Schweetz, both of whom were already givens for the sequel.

“We’re so excited to be working with Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz, Fix-It Felix and Sergeant Calhoun again,” said writer and co-director Phil Johnston, “and we have new characters we look forward to unveiling. At the center of this film, as in the first one, is the relationship between Ralph and Vanellope, two once-outcasts, who in each other, found true friendship.”

No solid details have been confirmed regarding the plot at this stage, but we’ve been given a couple of hints in the past.

Speaking to Collider in 2016, Moore gave a couple of details regarding the film. “With the sequel, I’m finding out we don’t want to just do more of the same, but also we don’t want to do something, so different that it doesn’t even feel like it’s from the first movie or doesn’t relate to the first one,” he said.

“So we’re really trying to find that balance of how can we have those great kind of references to retro arcade culture but also have it feel that this is also a contemporary world with newer games, newer – everything you can find on the Internet. Or just about everything that can be represented in a family film! We’re trying to kind of make that balance of both.”

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is in cinemas from 9 March 2018. Get all the latest fantasy news with every issue of SciFiNow.