Disney‘s new Wreck-It Ralph sequel Ralph Breaks The Internet reportedly wasn’t allowed to break just one thing: respect for the company’s Star Wars franchise. A joke about The Last Jedi villain Kylo Ren was cut from the film, per Disney’s request.
That’s right, in a recent interview with IGN, the movie’s director Rich Moore spoke candidly of the company’s refusal to let the movie’s titular arcade-game-villain-turned-hero character crack a joke concerning Kylo Ren’s sheltered upbringing:
“At one point we had a joke about Kylo Ren being kind of a spoiled child,” he explains. “We went to Lucasfilm and said, here’s what we’re doing. And they said, well, we’d prefer that you don’t show him as a spoiled child. You know, he is our villain, and we’d prefer you don’t do that. So we were respectful of that.”
Indeed, the new Wreck-It Ralph‘s tone is pretty irreverent, as reported by io9. Which means Disney is going out of its way to maintain an air of respectability surrounding the massive sci-fi/action property it bought for $4 billion in 2012.
And, of course, since that time, the Mouse has relaunched George Lucas‘ beloved space opera with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not to mention standalone pics like Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The original Wreck-It Ralph was released by Disney in 2012, coincidentally the same year it acquired Lucasfilm. Moore, who also directed the first Ralph flick, has helmed episodes of The Simpsons, Futurama, and he co-directed Disney’s Zootopia.
Naturally, we wonder what Emo Kylo Ren would have to say about all this! Even though the man who portrays the actual Star Wars antagonist (BlacKkKlansman actor and Girls alum Adam Driver) claims he doesn’t know what emo is.
Ralph Breaks The Internet hits theaters Nov. 21. Star Wars‘ Episode IX is due next year.