The second time the shark is seen in Slaughter Race, it opens its mouth to reveal a Louisiana "Sportsman's Paradise" license plate, which is a reference to the plate pulled from the tiger shark's digestive system in the movie Jaws.
During the princess "pajama party" scene, many of the Disney princesses are wearing tee shirts that reflect their own films. Examples: Tiana's says "NOLA," which references her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Moana's has a picture of a large crab that reads "#Shiny," just like the song sung by Tamatoa in her movie. Anna's shirt reads "Finish Each Other's" and a picture of a sandwich, a lyric to a song she sang in 'Frozen.'
Originally the "Oh My Disney" website Ralph and Vanellope visit was going to be the game series Disney Infinity (2013). The Disney Princesses were designed with this in mind, however during production the game series was cancelled and the website location was changed.
When Vanellope runs along the corridors eluding the stormtroopers, "Sector A113" is visible on the wall, referring to the infamous Cal Arts classroom A113 where several Pixar animators and producers studied.
This is the Disney princesses' second cross-over outside the Disney princess brand. The first one was in House of Mouse (2001), which was about various animated Disney characters from prior to 2001 all coming together.
This sequel takes place six years after Wreck-It Ralph (2012), the same amount of time that's passed in real life between the release of the two films. The sign outside Litwak's Arcade verifies this further which it once read in the first movie as "HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY SVSY" and now says "HAPPY 11TH BIRTHDAY SVSY."
At one point, Ralph arrives at a sort of "dumping ground" for the Internet and encounters "relics" from the web's past. These include an ad for the web hosting site Geocities, a large ship's helm representing Netscape Navigator, and a reference to personal chat rooms which flourished before the advent of instant messaging and texting.
Mindy Kaling is the only cast member from the first film to not reprise her role in the sequel, with Melissa Villaseñor taking over as Taffyta Muttonfudge. It's not known why this recasting took place.
The producers were able to get permission from Lucasfilm to cameo some of the characters from the Star Wars films and to include some jokes in it. However, one character they were unable to do so was Kylo Ren. The script originally had a joke where Vanellope calls Kylo a spoiled child. Upon showing the idea, they requested directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston not show that for it sounded disrespectful for the character who is the principal villain in the current Star Wars trilogy.
The earlier versions of the Vanellope and the Princesses scene in trailers were heavily criticized partially because Tiana's skin tones were lighter and her nose is smaller than the feature The Princess and The Frog. As the result, the animators had to rework certain parts of the sequence with the help of original actress Anika Noni Rose.
Gal Gadot's tough street racer character is based on her role as Gisele in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Shank's role is closer to the one of Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel who plays Baby Groot in the film.
This animated film marks the first appearance of Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan and Tiana in a PG-rated film. Snow White had her first appearance through a cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) thirty years earlier. Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Elsa and Moana all originated from PG-rated films.
The film is Jodi Benson's first film appearance in a Walt Disney Animation Studios film, following her iconic performance as Ariel in The Little Mermaid (1989), twenty-nine years earlier, as well as in its direct-to-video sequel and prequel. Benson also provided the voice of Barbie in Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010), both produced by Pixar Animation Studios. She even made a cameo appearance in the Disney live-action/animated film Enchanted (2007), a film that is both an homage to, and a self-parody of, the Disney animated feature films. (The Little Mermaid (1989) is one of the films referenced.)
Much like the first film, one of the most famous gaming characters Sonic the Hedgehog has a cameo appearance, with his voice actor since 2010 Roger Craig Smith reprising his role. Though his sidekick Miles "Tails" Prower does not appear as well, his previous voice actress from 2010 to 2014 Kate Higgins does voice Princess Aurora, who she's been the current voice of since the 2010s. Smith even voiced Prince Phillip since 2007.
This is the first full-length computer animated sequel film to be produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and the fourth sequel film overall by the same animation studio, following The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Fantasia 2000 (1999) and Winnie the Pooh (2011).
When Ralph goes down to the OlderNet to look for his cookie-heart hero medal that Vanellope threw away, some features of the OlderNet include Dial-Up Modems, GeoCities, Public Chatrooms, and Y2K survival kits.
Not everyone in the "Princesses Room" is an official Disney Princess. Anna, Elsa, and Moana, despite being in the room, aren't official Disney Princesses. However, the most probable reason why Disney included them anyway is because of their popularity amongst audiences; thus leaving them out of that scene would have most audiences confused. Also, not everyone is familiar with the official Disney Princess lineup, which only includes Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Merida.
The first Disney animated film to feature characters from several Disney-owned divisions. There is Pixar (Buzz Lightyear and Merida), Star Wars (storm troopers and C-3PO), MCU (Groot), and the Muppets (Kermit is seen briefly as Vanellope enters Oh My Disney).
There is a scene where Vanellope is singing. The scene includes her dancing and singing among the characters of the game she longs to join. One shot takes place in the middle of the street on an intersection where on the bottom left corner of the screen, we see a man dressed in white turn the corner on the sidewalk while dancing to the music. His attire, dancing style, and setting the scene took place could be a possible reference to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" video, where Michael is seen walking on a similar looking sidewalk in a sketchy and beaten down area of town.
When Wreck it Ralph makes the viral videos for hearts, he does a hot pepper eating challenge.. This video clip is almost scene by scene to the viral video made by Glo'zell, a Youtuber who also plays in the movie as one of Shank's friends.
Like its predecessor Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Super Mario makes no appearance in the game. However, when Ralph and Vanellope are in Spamley's office, a stack of question mark boxes from the Super Mario series can be seen lying in a corner.
Knowsmore asks if Ralph wants to search for (among other things) "Urkel, as played by Jaleel White." Though TV's Steve Urkel remains White's most famous role, he was also the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in animated shows during the 90's. Sonic appears in this film, though he is not voiced by White.
At the beginning of the official trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), the sound of Pac-Man eating pellets from the Atari 2600 port of Pac-Man can be heard while Wreck-It Ralph excitedly walks towards Vanellope.
Originally intended to release in March 2018, but was pushed back to November the same year (the same time the first film released in 2012) to avoid clashing with the live action Disney film A Wrinkle in Time (2018).
Releasing almost exactly 2 years after the previous Disney Animated Feature Film Moana (2016), this is the longest wait between 2 Disney Animated Feature films since The Great Mouse Detective (1986) and Oliver & Company (1988), which released 2 years and 5 months apart.
Since the internet is an international network the closing credits feature several foreign buttons, including "Planen Sie Ihren Urlaub" ("Plan your holiday" in German), "Mausklick" ("mouse click" in German), "magnifico" ("Magnificent" in Italian), "Dé a sitio web super poderes!" ("Give the website superpowers" in Spanish), "La petite mademoiselle" ("The little miss" in French) "A'a I'ka Hula, Waiho I Ka Maka'u I Ka Hale" ("Dare to dance, leave the shame at home" in Hawaiiain) etc.
This film will be released one day before the 18th Birthday of Auli'i Cravalho (voice of Moana), much like how Moana (2016) was released one day after her 16th Birthday. In addition to releasing one day after the 55th Birthday of Ming-Na Wen (voice of Mulan).
At one point Ralph gets angry and breaks a sign in the Internet resulting in crushing an avatar. When they break to the user that avatar represents, we can see that it's Colleen Ballinger, also known as famous YouTuber Miranda Sings.
During the princess "pajama party" scene, Aurora has a T-shirt that reads "Nap Queen", Elsa has one that says "Just Let It Go", Moana has one that reads "#Shiny" and Snow White has a picture of a poisonous apple.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012) is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios film released after John Lasseter became CEO of both Disney and Pixar in 2006 to become a franchise. Initially Walt Disney Animation Studios were discouraged from releasing the follow ups to their films prior to 2006 theatrically after the failure of their first sequel The Rescuers Down Under (1990), thus leading the other sequels/prequels/midquels to films from before Lasseter becoming CEO of all of Disney's Animation areas (except Fantasia 2000 (1999), which is still a WDAS film) to instead release straight-to-Video/DVD by DisneyToon Studios from 1994-2008.
At 00:53:43, the scene after Vanellope runs from the Stormtroopers, a mini Darth Maul can be seen in the bottom left of the crowd of avatars. Also a green skinned woman, who must represent GotG's Gamora, is clearly visible in the middle of the crowd.
In the trailer, where the green internet cruiser takes Ralph to the DarkWeb, and tells him not to look at Double Dan's "little brother", which Ralph does though (with great effort not to), is similar to another scene in another Disney movie. In the live-action version of 101 Dalmatians (1996), when Jasper and Horace are about to meet Cruella De Vil's personal taxidermist, Mr. Skinner, Jasper gives Horace a lecture of what not to do with Skinner ("Don't look at the horrendous scar on his neck" and "Don't talk to him") all of which Horace does anyway when Skinner appears.
Tim Allen's 2nd PG Rated Disney film, following The Santa Clause (1994) released 24 years prior. All of Allen's other Disney films (eg., the Toy Story franchise and the other 2 films in The Santa Clause franchise) were all rated G.
Even though Double Dan is voiced by Alfred Molina the character sounded more like Bad Bill from Rango (2011) who was voiced by Ray Winstone. Coincidentally Molina and Winstone have worked together in that film.
At 3 minutes and 5 seconds into the movie when Ralph and Vanellope are lying on the field in the football game, the game to the right, Fabulous Food Flingers, has all the characters from Winnie the Pooh as the top scorers: 1. POH - Pooh 2. PGT - Piglet 3. EYR - Estore 4. RBT - Rabbit 5. WOL - Owl 6. KNG - Kanga 7. ROO - Roo
In the game where Ralph & Vanellope force fed the cat and the rabbit, the rabbit explodes from eating a stack of pancakes. This is reminiscent of Mr. Creosote in the opening scene of The Meaning of Life (1983).
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There is a post credits scene which teases a sneak peek at the hotly anticipated 'Frozen 2.' Instead, we see Ralph recreating the video for Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." In other words, the movie ends with Ralph "Rick-Rolling" the audience.
During the Disney Princesses room scene, Merida can be heard speaking in a heavy Scottish accent after which the other princesses tell Vanellope that no one can understand what she says because she comes from another studio. Brave (2012), the movie Merida stars in, is from Pixar Animation Studios, and that movie had a similar joke where one character had such a thick Scottish accent that none of the other characters could understand him.
When asked about returning characters for the film, Rich Moore mentioned that Wreck-It Ralph (2012)'s main antagonist King Candy/Turbo (who died in the previous film as a Cybug from the erupting Diet Cola Mountain) will likely remain deceased in the second installment. However, Moore did hint a return for King Candy/Turbo's voice actor, Alan Tudyk, taking on a different role as KnowsMore, a good guy who works in the Internet Hub that Ralph and Vanellope explore.