Facts We Learned about Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ralph Breaks the Internet picks up six years after the events of Wreck-It Ralph (2012) when best friends Ralph and Vanellope discover the Wi-Fi router inside Litwak’s video arcade, they go into a new adventure to the unknown world for them called Internet.
This past July, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Disney Pictures Animation to attend some presentations with the directors, producers, well with everybody was involved in the fantastic new animation Ralph Breaks the Internet. I was able to “taste”’ every aspect and details of this new chapter on this animation: storyboard, research, music, colors, formats, and new characters. From everything that I learned that day, I’ve compiled a list of cool stuff that you should know about Ralph Breaks the Internet before hits theaters on November 21st!
- Rich Moore, who directed Wreck-It Ralph, is back on the director’s chair alongside Phil Johnston. Phil was one of the screenwriters on the original film and is back as a writer on this one.
- Actors John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return as the voice of Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, respectively. Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch once again lend their voices to Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sergeant Calhoun.
- According to director Rich Moore, “John and Sarah have such great chemistry between them, and it comes across in their performances. Ralph and Vanellope inherited that chemistry.”
- We will have new characters! Animators divided them into two categories: the Net Users and the Netizens. The Net Users are us, real-life people, well known as the users, and our avatars as we explore the Internet. On the other hand, the Netizens are the residents of the Internet, some of them are employees of the numerous websites that Net Users visit every second.
- There are two important and funny Netizens: Yesss and KnowsMore.
- Yesss is the head algorithm of a trend-making website called BuzzzTube. She is voiced by talented actress Taraji P. Henson. She is very important on Ralph and Vanellope’s journey in the Internet. Her hair and clothing reflect what’s trending in this world.
- KnowsMore is a search engine and is voiced by Alan Tudyk. KnowsMore can be compared to Google search where he frequently gets ahead of himself, finishing people’s sentences. He is fast, very helpful.
- To build the vast world of the Internet, their research was made inside of the biggest server in the world at One Wilshire Building, here in downtown Los Angeles, where they were able to see how the Internet is connected and wired. In this building, it houses all connections of all Internet companies in North America.
- To engage and to be clear to the moviegoers, the filmmakers created a believable world. They incorporated places such as eBay, Amazon, Instagram, and more.
- eBay is a place for online auctions, right? The filmmakers used auctioneers to narrate the eBay scenes on the animation. His name is Brian Curless from Pittsfield, Illinois and he is also a US Champion auctioneer.
- According to production designer Cory Loftis, they took into consideration the look and feel of the original film. “Ralph and Vanellope still live in that world, so this couldn’t feel like something completely different.”
- According to Renato dos Santos, Head of Animation, the Wreck-It Ralph movie had 223 characters with 421 variants and, now, we have 434 characters with 6,752 variants plus colors, totaling more than 500,000 options to work with. That number gave them a lot of room to play around the Net Users and the Netizens.
- The Disney Princesses scene was not there since the beginning. The filmmakers wrote, boarded, put together and screened it. The scene was a hit! They also invited the original voice talent of each Princess to bring them to live.
Check out Ralph Breaks the Internet in theaters on November 21st!