I’ll be honest: When the original Wreck-It Ralph released its first teaser trailer in early 2012, I was skeptical about the movie. I thought to myself: “Really? Disney’s making a movie about video games? Boy, they've really sold out this time!”
So when I walked into the theater to watch the movie later that year, I was expecting at best a giant video game commercial, or at worst, a desperate attempt by middle-aged corporate suits to appeal to the “youth demographic” by making ham-fisted references to “dem vidya games”—in other words, “How do you do, fellow kids?”
Fortunately, what I ended up watching instead was a hilarious yet heart-warming movie about two social outcasts finding solace through each other’s friendship and helping each other gain social acceptance. The movie may have been about video games, but it was not a movie “about” video games, and that’s what made it great.
So when I heard that they were making a sequel to the movie about the characters visiting the internet, again, I was skeptical. Since then, another animation studio attempted to emulate Wreck-It Ralph’s success with a similar movie about the internet. Yes, I’m talking about The Emoji Movie. And of course, that movie did not end up doing well.
And since this new movie about the internet is coming out only one year after another movie about the internet, of course comparisons would be made to it, and of course expectations would be set high.
Obviously, there’s no doubt that Wreck-It Ralph could more than exceed those expectations (since unlike The Emoji Movie, it’s being made by a competent animation studio), but there’s also a chance that it can fall below those expectations. (See: The Incredibles 2 earlier this year.)
So now the question remains: will this movie be so good movie that people will be singing about “When Can They See It Again”, or will this latest attempt at a Disney sequel since Fantasia 2000 end up in the recycle bin of Disney history?