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It’s easy to get a little cynical about the sheer volume of sequels and remakes that appear in Hollywood these days. But when one of those sequels is a follow-up to one of the most enjoyably charming animated films of recent years, it becomes a bit more of an exciting prospect. So we’re very pleased to hear that Disney have announced the production of Wreck-it-Ralph 2, due for release in 2018.

The original Wreck-it-Ralph was released in 2012, and featured John C. Reilly as the titular videogame character, who longs to break free of the monotonous villain role in which he’s been cast since the 1980s. Teaming up with wisecracking go-kart driver Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) he vows to become the “good guy,” and in the process uncovers a dark conspiracy at the heart of the gaming arcade. The film grossed $471 million worldwide and was widely critically acclaimed.

Reilly, along with directors Phil Johnson and Rich Moore, announced the sequel in a video on Facebook Live, with the actor saying, “Ralph is a character very near and dear to my heart. I’m really looking forward to playing the big lug again. Making the first Wreck-It Ralph was one of the most special experiences I’ve ever had and I’m really looking forward to bringing him back to life. So many kids I’ve met all over the world are excited to see him again, too. They tell me all the time!”

While Reilly and Silverman are confirmed as returning, there’s currently no further news on whether any of the first film’s other cast, including Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk and Jack McBrayer, will join them; but Disney has also released concept art which suggests that this time around, Ralph and Vanellope will be venturing into the world of the internet:

(Pic: Disney)
(Pic: Disney)

In a rare example of a Disney animated sequel being slated for theatrical release rather than going straight to home video, Wreck-it-Ralph 2 is scheduled to arrive in theaters in 2018.

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By Seb Patrick