Wreck-It Ralph made nearly $50 million this weekend, spitting in Hurricane Sandy's eye and opening larger than any Disney Animation Studios film to date. While this doesn't guarantee a lock for a sequel, it definitely increases its chances.
We loved the movie to death, and desperately want more, so we've gone ahead and written a list of how we think the second film would play out. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the movie yet you should go see that first, and then pop back to find out what Wreck-It Ralph 2 could be all about.
The theme should involve loving your family, no matter what
Wreck-It Ralph wasn't that heavy-handed with a lovey-dovey theme, but there was definitely a general vibe of "Be who you are" throughout the entire film. Ralph had to come to terms with being a wrecker (and a "bad guy"), Vanellope had to take advantage of her glitchiness, and Turbo's greatest downfall was that he couldn't accept who he was. In the sequel we'd like to see this expanded upon, moving towards accepting and loving your family and friends, even if they aren't exactly who you want them to be at all times. It's an important moral lesson for kids to learn, and since the original film tackled a relatively interesting theme, we think the sequel should, too.
Game sequels to Wreck-It Ralph should be added to the arcade
Where would these family members come from? New arcade cabinets, of course! We'd love to see new versions of Wreck-It Ralph throughout the arcade. Let's have a Wreck-It Ralph Jr., where Ralph meets his younger brother, and a Super Wreck-It Ralph, where he gets in touch with his wacky cousin. Oh! And maybe even Mrs. Wreck-It Ralph, where Ralph meets a giant-handed female wrecker.
It should turn out that Ralph became the series' lead
No, that's not a typo in the last slide--we want Wreck-It Ralph game sequels, not Fix-It Felix sequels. Just like Donkey Kong eventually bowed to Mario, the titular character shouldn't be the star of the series. Due to fandom over the unbridled rage of Ralph, he should be the hero of the series, seeing his character expanded to be considered one of the most popular game characters of all time. Considering that the games in the arcade don't seem aware of games outside the arcade this wouldn't really be common knowledge to them, so it could still be a surprise to find out that Ralph is the star.
Fix-It Felix Sr. should also be added, but he shouldn't be happy
This would be wonderful news for Ralph and his friends, but not for Fix-It Felix Jr. He'd likely feel dejected, like he wasn't good enough to become the celebrity that Ralph did. His father, too, would be upset, since his son wasn't able to continue the Felix legacy. The writers of Wreck-It Ralph told us that they'd like to work Felix's father (who is mentioned, but not shown) into a sequel, and having him be disappointed in Jr. would be a nice role reversal.
The antagonist should come from outside the arcade
While the first half of the plot would be about family, the second could be about competitiveness, and how it can be destructive. Instead of having the new villain be another Turbo, let's have it be a Billy Mitchell-style foe, going around the country setting high scores in retro games. Anyone who has seen King of Kong knows that competitive arcade gaming will often end in a "Kill screen," which freezes and glitches the game. While we celebrate this, game characters would see it as the end of the world, and Ralph would have to find a way to avoid this terrible fate. Since Felix would already be angry about not having any sequels, he'd likely accept the chance to show that he can beat Ralph.
Ralph should have to game jump to train to beat him
In order to beat the competitive gamer (and Fix-It Felix), Ralph is going to need to train. This gives him a chance to travel between games, picking up "power-ups" and training in different genres. He could visit Easy Livin' Extreme 2 (a lost world mentioned by the writers originally created for the first movie) to learn how to steal a car, he can find out how to Shoryuken from Street Fighter, and how to deal with multi-tasking from Tapper. He can work through various games in a Rocky-style montage, learning different maneuvers he can use against the evil, awful competitive gamer. He should also learn how to jump and smash blocks…
Mario should have a role
The movie's writers and director said that Mario could've been in the film, but they didn't want him to be a random cameo. Instead, they wanted to make him an important character, and what would be more important than teaching Ralph some new moves? He can be the wise old sage, giving Ralph Yoda-like advice in the Mushroom Kingdom. Just show an SNES in the arcade (maybe it’s used for parties) and BAM! Ralph is running through Super Mario World and learning how to fight from gaming's most famous mascot.
There should be even more gaming references and cameos
Besides training with Mario and other gaming characters, we also want even more fun cameos in Wreck-It Ralph 2. More graffiti, more people showing up in the background, more quick "blink and you'll miss it" references. Just more stuff to pause and enjoy when the Blu-ray comes out--because, let's face it, we're all going to want to do that.
Ralph should eventually end up on the internet
This isn't even remotely related to the other ideas we wrote, and we have no clue how it could be worked into the story, but we want Ralph to travel into the internet. A new machine with leaderboard functionality could be added, maybe, so he could get in that way, diving into the dizzying world of video game websites, social networks, and cat videos. That's literally all we have on this one, but it would be awesome!
He can fix it
These are our wants for the sequel, but there are plenty of other cool things that could be in Wreck-It Ralph 2. What do you want from it? Let us know in the comments below.
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