After sending up various eras of video games in 2012, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph film series will return to theaters with a sequel this Thanksgiving—and Wednesday’s trailer sees the franchise changing its jokes and references to an Internet theme.
Disney isn’t being shy about the sequel’s title, opting for the ambitious-sounding Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2 . However, the trailer doesn’t show the titular hero, voiced again by John C. Reilly, facing off against Kim Kardashian’s butt. Instead, the two-minute trailer shows him and his cohort Vanellope (again voiced by Sarah Silverman) shooting through a series of tubes to land in an avatar-filled approximation of the Internet.
Real-life brands like YouTube Red and IMDb rub shoulders with made-up companies and portals, while we see brief flashes of a “conspiracy theories” tunnel, a frenzy of “pop-up ads” represented by annoying solicitors, and a massive, eBay-branded shopping mall. The whole brouhaha begins when an arcade manager from the first film brings something new to the arcade where Ralph and his friends live: a Wi-Fi router.
Rather than reveal exactly why Ralph jacks into this matrix or what problems he faces there, the trailer spends more time lingering on silly scenes, including an eBay auction for a painting of a sad kitten and Ralph interrupting a tablet video game in which players must feed food to a bunny. (Ralph, predictably, gets too excited about this game and overstuffs the poor bunny.) The first Wreck-It Ralph shined both because of its savvy gaming references and its heartfelt stories of friendship, and its original trailers were careful not to spoil either of these aspects. Therefore, it’s likely that we won’t see the sequel’s best gags and cameos spoiled until the film launches on November 21.
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