Friday, December 7, 2012
Disney wants it. Director Rich Moore is enthusiastic about it. Fans want it, too. What do they want?
A sequel to Wreck-It Ralph...
If Disney will approve of a sequel to Rich Moore's video game adventure comedy, it'll be a rare moment where Walt Disney Animation Studios will actually produce a theatrical sequel to one of their animated films. In their 89 years of existence, only two sequels have been produced: The Rescuers Down Under and Fantasia 2000, though calling the latter a "sequel" per se, is debatable. You could also argue that Winnie the Pooh is a sequel to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, but I've never seen it officially listed as a sequel to the 1977 film.
Out of all the canon films, Wreck-It Ralph begs for a sequel since the first one took place in an arcade and three game worlds. Like Toy Story, there's so many other worlds outside of Litwak's to explore, from console games to massive online games. Moore has made some comments on a sequel over the last few weeks, but recently, he mentioned that he wants Mario to make an appearance this time.
Mario did not appear in Wreck-It Ralph because the team felt that him making a cameo appearance wasn't enough, not because it would've cost too much to include him. If Moore does want the famed Italian plumber in the film, that means that he'll have to have a bigger role. Perhaps he, and other licensed characters, could play a more important role in the plot in the sequel. Some were hoping that Q*Bert, Sonic and the other characters featured in the marketing would have good-sized roles in the story, but they obviously didn't.
Moore also talked about a game world that was completely scrapped from the film, a Grand Theft Auto/Sims parody called Extreme EZ Livin' 2. It being included in a sequel was alluded to, so maybe that'll make a comeback. Again, there so much they can tackle in a sequel and throw in some witty satire for good measure.
So if Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a go, I'll root for it, especially with Moore returning to the helm. Rarely do I encourage sequels, but this one has a lot of potential.