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RALPH BREAK THE IN­TER­NET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 | De­con­struct­ing Walt Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio’s big­gest film to date…

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Six years af­ter Wreck-It Ralph, Dis­ney is re­con­nect­ing re­luc­tant ar­cade vil­lain Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his best pal, rac­ing princess Vanel­lope (Sarah Sil­ver­man). This time they’re surf­ing the web on a visit to the in­ter­net it­self, in search of spare parts. Re­mark­ably, this is the first the­atri­cal Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion se­quel since Fan­ta­sia 2000, and the first ever to share the orig­i­nal’s creative team. Teasers spoke to co-di­rec­tor/co-writer Phil John­ston and pro­ducer Clark Spencer about log­ging back in to Ralph’s world, bit by bit.

VI­RAL SEN­SA­TION

As in Wreck-It Ralph, great care has been taken to bal­ance known brands with new cre­ations. So while a trip to eBay drives the plot, Spencer con­firms, “The big­gest pieces of the sto­ry­telling take place in web­sites we cre­ated our­selves. That gave us the lat­i­tude to make them fit the story.” These in­clude vin­tage search en­gine KnowsMore, on­line game Slaugh­ter Race and so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion Buz­zTube, run by trendy al­go­rithm Yesss (Taraji P. Hen­son).

MAK­ING A CON­NEC­TION Ralph and Vanel­lope’s re­la­tion­ship is at the se­quel’s heart. “Ralph is still defin­ing him­self by the way some­body else thinks about him,” ex­plains John­ston. “He still has a lot of in­se­cu­rity, and Vanel­lope as a char­ac­ter is re­ally just com­ing into her own.” With scope for more emo­tional de­vel­op­ment, “we were think­ing about the in­ter­net as a big­ger, more fast, crazy, wild world” to test them fur­ther.

DIvA FEvER The film’s trailer nearly broke the in­ter­net when Vanel­lope was seen hang­ing out with the Dis­ney princesses in their loungewear. In a real cast­ing coup, a dozen orig­i­nal voice ac­tors – in­clud­ing Mandy Moore’s Ra­pun­zel and Kris­ten Bell’s Anna – signed up for cameos. “There’s a piece of them that’s still those char­ac­ters,” reck­ons Spencer. “Im­por­tantly, they were able to in­flu­ence how that char­ac­ter would act in those scenes.”

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