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Just over a month ago, Disney released its animated love letter to gaming culture: 'Wreck-It Ralph.' The movie not only centered on a character from a fictive 80s arcade game, but also featured plenty of actual characters from classic games. Sonic the Hedgehog, Kano, M. Bison, the list of gaming cameos goes on and on. Needless to say, it played to several different age groups. Now it appears the discussion about a potential sequel has already begun. On the red carpet during the film's Australian premiere, star John C. Reilly was asked, by a five-year-old girl no less, whether there would be more 'Wreck-It Ralph' in our future. Here's what Reilly said...
"They wouldn’t make [all that] merchandise, if [Disney] didn’t have plans for other [Wreck-it Ralph] stories. Some of the big muckety-muckets at the studio, who I just saw the other night, were like ‘We’re talking sequel!’ The movie made $150 million dollars in eleven days, it broke the box-office record for Disney animated movies on opening weekend. If that’s any indication that we’ll be doing a sequel… I bet we’ll be doing a sequel.”
But the most intriguing soundbite came from director Rich Moore and revolved around the possibility of one of gaming's most iconic characters making an appearance in the next movie...
"We’ll really come up with something good for Mario to do [in the next film]. To be able to present him in the sequel, would be great."
So not only will we probably be getting a sequel to 'Wreck-It Ralph,' but also Mario himself may be entering the fray? You have my attention. I'm not usually one to get excited about followups to animated films, and 'Cars 2' showed us that not even Pixar is immune to the bad sequel trap, but something about what Moore said has me wondering if they aren't trying to improve upon the first movie. As much as I loved 'Wreck-It Ralph,' my one complaint, one I feel was shared by several others, was that I wished they would have spent more time game-jumping and showing us more environments from classic games as opposed to spending so of the film in the Sugar Rush world. The fact that Moore doesn't just want to put Mario in, but in fact give him "something good to do" makes me optimistic that maybe he'll be a central character, and that we'll get to see Ralph in Mario's universe. Wildly speculative? Perhaps, but I'm hoping against hope that we will see this happen.
What do you guys think? Excited for the possibility of a 'Wreck-It Ralph' sequel? Do you think Mario will be involved as a just a cameo or perhaps in a more central role?