Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Everything We Learned About Disney-Pixar's Upcoming Animated Films at D23 (Updating)

Director Brad Bird and Pixar's John Lasseter were on hand at the D23 animation panel and, courtesy of the Superhero Hype live blog from the event, we have some details about the long-awaited sequel.

It's likely that Yesss will shed even more light on the sad realities of the internet when the film premieres next summer and open peoples' eyes beyond Ralph and Vanellope. See below for more on what we learned about the film on Friday at this year's D23 Expo. Once there, they meet a trendy algorithm named Yesss (voiced by Taraji P. Henson) who teaches them what going viral is all about. "Vanellope is completely bewildered by the whole thing, but Yesss simply tells her, 'Don't overthink it; they're huge". There are even nods to Buzz Lightyear and Marvel's Stan Lee in there. They land in a Disney website that resembles a virtual Disney theme park and Vanellope interrupts a gathering of Disney princesses from past and present.

Lasseter also showed concept footage of a plane breaking a sound barrier test from a secretive and untitled new film set for an April 2019 release.

After the footage, the voice actresses for Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Moana, and Vanellope took the stage.

"These characters are really strong, they're really fantastic characters and we love to think of them way beyond just the movie that was made", Lasseter said.

In another memorable moment, Lasseter shared a spoof documentary revealing what the real-life fashion world thinks of super-suit stylist Edna Mode from Pixar's 2004 Oscar-winning animation "The Incredibles".

Vanelleope wants to go mess with the Princesses, but they've entered a door guarded by (actual Star Wars) Stormtroopers.

The first Wreck-It Ralph had its fair share of cameos from video-game icons like Q*bert and Bowser, but to populate the world of its sequel, Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, Disney didn't have to look far from home.

By the end of Wreck-It Ralph, both Ralph and Vanellope have found a sense of belonging in their respective games, but the dynamic duo will return for another adventure in Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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