The Frozen sequel, The Incredibles 2, plus…there’s a new Disney Princess in town.
Today at the Anaheim Convention Center, minutes away from Disneyland, thousands of Disney fans gathered for the D23 Expo, Disney's biennial showcase of what's going on in every corner of its business.
Audience members at Disney's D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.
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Wreck It Ralph 2
The Wreck-It Ralph 2 presentation was the definite the highlight of the day.
Filmmakers Rich Moore and Phil Johnston revealed a new teaser trailer, where we see that Litwak's Arcade has gained wifi capabilities; Ralph and Vanellope battle over how to pronounce the word "wifi" ("Wee-fee?"). As they peek into the web, they get stuck, and shoot down the ethernet into the World Wide Web. Within, avatars, which look kind of like the Funko toy version of people, are mulling around. Ralph keeps getting stopped by avatars trying to hook him in with spammy offers like "See what this child star looks like now," or “Here’s how you can make $5000 a week from home.”
The basic plot of the sequel is that the game in which Vanellope resides is broken and she has to travel with Ralph through the internet to find the piece to fix it. Yesss, a new character voiced by Taraji P. Henson, is an algorithm for a trend-making site Buzzaholic (👀) who knows everything about the internet and guides Vanellope and Ralph on their journey. The character looks like a cartoon fashionista with an undercut and fur like coat, though the filmmakers noted that Yesss is made of fiber optics and can constantly shift her clothes and hair.
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In another Wreck-It Ralph 2 scene that was shown, Yesss brings Ralph and Vanellope to the site OhMyDisney.com where they see a crowd gathering by a door guarded by stormtroopers, and the crowd is there to see the Disney Princesses. Ralph and Yesss warn Vanellope not to bother them, but still she manages to break into the guarded room anyway. The princesses, which include Moana, immediately grab their weapons to defend themselves against Vanellope, but she tells them she's a princess too. They interrogate her (has she been "kidnapped or enslaved?") until finally they find common ground with the fact that people mistakenly think their problems are always solved by a big strong man.
The scene ends with Vanellope teaching the women how to dress more casually, with Ariel exuberant as she gets to wear a... "what is it called? Shirt!" Merida also chimes in with her heavy Scottish accent, but nobody seems to understand her ("She's from the other studio.").
The panel ended with the reveal that the filmmakers managed to round up all the original voices of those princesses for the scene. And out onto the stage walked Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana), Kristen Bell (Anna in Frozen), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in Brave), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin), Paige O’Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast), and Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid) for "the largest gathering of Disney Princesses in history."
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