Monday, August 31, 2015

More 8-Bit Bits: Another 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' Confirmation?


For years we've heard about a sequel to Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2012 hit Wreck-It Ralph being in some form of development...

A little, quick background on the 9 ft wrecker's sequel...

Rich Moore, the director of Wreck-It Ralph, expressed enthusiasm to do a sequel as far back as late 2012. He even mentioned that he wanted Mario to make an appearance in the film, as a short cameo wouldn't have done the video game icon justice. This explains why he didn't appear in the first film.

In April 2014, the film's composer Henry Jackman was interviewed. He mentioned in that interview that a sequel was "being written".

In March 2015, Bleeding Cool's Brendon Connolly was inquired on Twitter about Wreck-It Ralph 2's status after Disney officially announced Frozen 2 at their annual shareholder conference. A highly reliable source for Disney Animation information, he said...




I interpreted that as "the film is planned, but it's undetermined whether it'll actually get the go-head to enter production or not." The story has to be all together before a frame is animated, and I think that's why we've been waiting. Last time that happened, there was considerable worry and panic.

Last month, John C. Reilly - the voice of Ralph himself - was interviewed at the Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland. He said that he signed on for a sequel...

Disney has yet to say anything. Nothing was brought up at this past D23 Expo, and no hints have come from officially regarding a sequel. A short, as far as I know, isn't in the works. Director Rich Moore has also been super-busy these past few years with Walt Disney Animation Studios' next film, the spring 2016 release Zootopia. (For a while it seemed like the film was only going to be directed by Byron Howard, but this past March it was announced that Moore was also directing. How long has he been attached?)

So our latest hint comes from an incredibly reliable source, the always-great TAG Blog...

Mr. Hulett put together a list of productions being made in the Southern California area, but as he stated in the first sentences, there may be mistakes, there may be omissions. The last time Hulett did a list like this, there were concerns over a particular order the Walt Disney Animation Studios movies were in, among other things. He of course clarified things by pointing out that the article had a disclaimer, and that there would be errors.


Anyways, that article was posted last year. Shortly after it was posted, he got an email from Disney telling him to remove mentions of Moana and Giants (which was of course the working title for Gigantic). It's a little weird talking about upcoming Disney films because in many ways they don't want us to know about them. Let's put it this way, Disney officially revealed Moana to the world last autumn. Prior to that, the only "official" news ever released on the project were little things, such as "Ron Clements and John Musker have a new feature in the works" and "Ron and John's film required research trips to the South Pacific." However, we fans got our info from venues like Blue Sky Disney and such, and we knew what Moana was as far back as June 2013!

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The Disney Animation line-up he posted had the following features, in this order. The order probably means nothing, but...: Moana (11/23/2016), Gigantic, Frozen 2, and Wreck-It Ralph 2...

This I think further confirms that the film is not only in development, but it's getting closer to actual production, which is good to hear. Moore's new film is almost done, so I'd figure he'd go back to his video game adventure. As for the order of films, Gigantic was never officially set in stone as Disney Animation's first post-Moana film. It seems obvious that the film will be feature #57, but things can change. Something might surge ahead in the production race, or the film might need more time just in case they encounter a story issue or two. Who knows what order these three films will come out, but I'm confident that Gigantic will be feature #57 whether it hits 3/9/2018, or maybe even before that, if you know what I mean...

No mention of any originals, so that could mean that the next three slots - and there are only three right now: 3/9/2018, 11/21/2018, and 11/27/2019 - will be taken by these films. We shall see...

On a non-Wreck-It Ralph sidenote, Hulett's DreamWorks column lists only three films: Kung Fu Panda 3 (1/29/2016), Trolls (11/4/2016), and... Puss in Boots 2? So that's still happening, good to know. When DreamWorks whittled down their slate, they vowed to do two "main", bigger budget films every calendar year - an original and a sequel. Since the previous slate was so packed, a lot of films had to go back to the TBD pool, leading some to assume that they were all scrapped. It is true that some of the films were indeed shelved - such as Monkeys of Mumbai - but others are just undetermined because of the new slate rules. Puss in Boots could come out in 2019 or 2020, DreamWorks hasn't dated anything past June 2018 (when How To Train Your Dragon 3 is set to open) as of now...

Also note that Hulett is well-aware of the currently slated 2017 and 2018 DreamWorks projects (Boss Baby, The Croods 2, Larrikins, Dragon 3), so he put "Other jams and jellies in development" below his little list.

All I can say is, Disney... Open your mouths and tell us, is Wreck-It Ralph 2 really officially going to happen or not? Hope to know soon...

So before they possibly go, that's your update on Wreck-It Ralph 2. Do you think it's moving closer to production? What do you make of this hint? Sound off below!

4 comments:

  1. I love the idea. It is the animated canon's best film since "Manny Adventures of Winnie the Pooh."

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  2. I do think it's going to happen sooner or later. Also, despite you telling us to count out that Mickey Mouse film Burny Mattinson had in development, I really do think that they will announce it sooner or later... maybe a 2023 release.

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    1. Right now, I think the Mattinson Mickey film is out of the question, but one day it *could* return. I'm not going to rule that out, but right now I don't think it's in the cards. It just seems like it didn't get past the pitch phase. At best, I think it got as far as early development. Maybe WDAS is still considering it, but has other projects lined up. 2023 would be a fantastic year to debut it, too. I had hoped for a 'Fantasia 2020' a couple years back...

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    2. Dead on! I also think this new Mickey film would be a fantastic opportunity to use that Meander technique used in Paperman and Feast. That way, although the film might not be fully hand-drawn, it still feels like a hand-drawn Mickey Mouse short.

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