The splashy D23 panel also revealed that Taraji P. Henson has joined the cast.
Taraji P. Henson has joined the voice cast of Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the sequel to the 2012 Oscar-nominated video-game-world-set hit that’s slated to open Nov. 21, 2018, it was announced at D23, the Disney expo taking place in Anaheim.
Henson will play Yess, a trend-aholic algorithm who acts like a guide to Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). The story sees the duo’s game break down and require a replacement part, causing the characters to venture into the wild world of the internet.
Silverman, along with directors Rich Moore (who won an Oscar earlier this year for Zootopia) and Phil Johnston, were onstage to present a clip of the movie — a clip that drove the assembled crowd of roughly 7,000 into wild cheers.
The clip showed Vanellope, in a website named OhMyDisney.com, meeting all the Disney princesses in the hopes of stirring up some trouble. But as she interacts with them — in ways that, in rapid succession, lovingly skewer the history and tropes of Disney animated classics and princesses — she develops a respect for them. And she gives them a wardrobe change.
Many of the original voices of the princesses returned for the scene, and those actresses then made an appearance at the presentation. Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Kelly Macdonald (Merida), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) and Kristen Bell (Anna) took the stage in a historic meeting of Disney princesses, causing a prolonged ovation from the crowd.
The Walt Disney Animation Studios presentation started with a preview of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, a 21-minute holiday-themed short that will debut in theaters Nov. 22 with Pixar’s Coco.
It features the returning cast of Frozen, including those on hand for the presentation: Bell and Josh Gad, who sang one of the short’s four new songs. Disney also showed the first clip from the short, featuring Olaf and Sven going door to door in the kingdom, collecting holiday traditions to share with Anna and Elsa.
The actors also teased Frozen 2, which is scheduled for release on Nov. 27, 2019. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are returning to direct, and the presentation featured clips of the duo with producer Peter Del Vecho on a research trip in Norway.