Friday was the first day of the D23 Expo 2017 and there was so much to learn in one day, but it was one scene in just one movie that ended up stealing the whole show. The main presentation of the day was for Pixar and Walt Disney Studio Animation, and one of the subjects of discussion was a sequel everyone is waiting for -- Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet. Some footage from the film was shown which includes the Disney princesses, and it may be the funniest scene ever.
John Lasseter hosted today's presentation and he brought out Sarah Silverman, the voice of Vanellope, to explain a bit about the film. She will once again partner with Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) to head into the internet and find a replacement part so her video game can be fixed.
Upon entering the internet, they meet a woman named Yesss (Taraji P. Henson) who explains what this brand new place to them is all about. Ralph and Vanellope end up landing in a place called "OhMyDisney.com" which introduces them to Star Wars, Marvel, and all of the Disney princesses.
This is where today's presentation got really, really good.
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As the clip progressed, Vanellope used her glitch powers to appear in the dressing room of the Disney Princesses and some almost attacked her while others shied away in fear. Mulan breaks out a sword while Merida draws her bow and Cinderella even shatters one of her glass slippers to use in broken beer bottle fashion.
In all, she is greeted by Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Anna, Elsa, Pocahontas, Moana, Tiana, Merida, Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty (Aurora).
Vanellope explains to them that she is a princess as well and that it would be "embarrassing" if they didn't know who she was. As they quiz her, Rapunzel steps up and asks, "Do people just assume all of your problems got solved because a big, strong man showed up?"
An answer in the affirmative from Vanellope assures them all that she is really a princess. The young glitch loves their gowns, but they love her leggings and sweatshirt which brings Cinderella to say, "I'll get my mice on that."
Shortly after that, all the princesses are laying about in their new lounge wear while Ariel wonders what this is called again, "Oh yeah...a shirt." Belle has on a shirt with a silhouette of the Beast which states "BFF." Elsa's shirt appropriately reads, "Just Let It Go."
All of the princesses keep making fun of themselves as Snow White says she is blind as can be and keeps motioning like she's scared, but she really can't see. Merida goes off on something, and as Vanellope looks on confused, Tiana let's her know that no one can understand her.
Soon, their manager C-3PO of Star Wars fame appears to let them know they have five minutes until their on again. Cinderella thanks him and calls him R2-D2 which Aurora scolds her for doing. So, she then says, "We'll be right there, BB-8."
C-3PO walks out disgusted and mumbling about wishing he was still with "Captain Solo."
The scene ends by Moana wishing their new princess friend goodbye and Vanellope trying to play with Pocahontas' pet raccoon named Meeko. The little furball arches up and squeals at her which ends the scene.
The entire crowd in Hall D23 could not stop laughing the entire time, and rightfully so as it was hilarious.
As the scene came to a close, John Lasseter let everyone know that they brought in as many of the original voices of the princesses to reprise their roles. That's when Jodi Benson, Ariel herself, came out on stage, and thus began the introductions and appearances.
- Jodi Benson - Ariel
- Paige O'Hara - Belle
- Linda Larkin - Jasmine
- Irene Bedard - Pocahontas
- Anika Noni Rose - Tiana
- Mandy Moore - Rapunzel
- Kelly MacDonald - Merida
- Kristen Bell - Anna
- Auli'i Cravalho - Moana
Gizmodo made a great point that it was hilarious but had a strange feeling to it as the princesses were essentially picking on who they are and being very "human." In reality, they were simply being portrayed how the very fickle internet chooses to see them and other Disney characters.
Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet will hit theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.
The D23 Expo 2017 is just one day old, but the animation presentation honestly may have stolen the entire weekend. Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet is already one of the most anticipated sequels from Disney, Pixar, or any studio out there. Putting all of those Disney princesses together in one place, using their original voices, and finally addressing what everyone has been thinking for years was simply pure genius and hilarious.
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