THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ‘RALPH BREAKS THE IN­TER­NET’

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Pam Pas­tor “Ralph Breaks The In­ter­net” opens in cinemas on Nov. 21.

It’s the first fea­ture-length the­atri­cal se­quel from Walt Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios since “Fan­ta­sia 2000.” It’s also the first se­quel to be cre­ated by the orig­i­nal film’s writ­ing and di­rect­ing team. The film has Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanel­lope (Sarah Sil­ver­man) ex­plor­ing the fast, crazy and un­pre­dictable world of the in­ter­net, some­thing that was chal­leng­ing for the cre­ative team. Ac­cord­ing to head of story Jim Rear­don, “It never stopped be­ing in­tim­i­dat­ing. We looked at how we could make the in­ter­net re­lat­able on a hu­man level.”

Di­rec­tor Rich Moore said, “It was the per­fect set­ting for the story we wanted to tell, but we had to fig­ure out what this place would look like and who would live and work there... Nar­row­ing it down to a sim­ple, co­he­sive world that served the story was the hard­est thing for me to get my head around.” The film’s record­ing process was unique be­cause John C. Reilly likes record­ing with the other ac­tors. Pro­ducer Clark Spencer said, “Most ac­tors record by them­selves in an­i­ma­tion, but John feels that he per­forms bet­ter if he’s act­ing off of some­one. He likes to riff, so he and Sarah recorded to­gether every sin­gle time.” They used some of the world’s big­gest cities like New York, Dubai and Shang­hai as in­spi­ra­tion. “We wanted to in­clude re­ally big build­ings that tow­ered over the Ne­ti­zens,” says Larry Wu, head of en­vi­ron­ments. “Each build­ing rep­re­sents a web­site—the big­ger the build­ing, the big­ger the site.” Auc­tion site eBay is a big part of the story—it’s the rea­son Ralph and Vanel­lope go into the In­ter­net. They need to buy a re­place­ment part for her game. You will find other fa­mil­iar sites and apps in the film, too like Ama­zon, Snapchat and In­sta­gram. There’s a scene with Vanel­lope and all the Dis­ney princesses in one room (come on, we know you’ve seen the teaser). In the film, Vanel­lope’s ca­sual look in­spires the princesses to dress down, too. Art di­rec­tor Ami Thomp­son had to give the iconic char­ac­ters new out­fits. She said, “I still can’t be­lieve that I got to de­sign ca­sual cloth­ing for the Dis­ney Princesses. We wanted to in­cor­po­rate mod­ern style that re­flects their in­di­vid­ual sto­ries—Cin­der­alla’s T-shirt has a pump­kin car­riage with ‘G2G’ for ‘got to go.’ Snow White’s jeans have an ap­ple print. Ev­ery­thing is edgy, sur­pris­ing—we de­signed band-style shirts, flan­nels and chop­per-style tees.” Orig­i­nal voice talents re­turned to bring the princesses to life in­clud­ing Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kris­ten Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Id­ina Men­zel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly Mac­Don­ald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Ra­pun­zel in “Tan­gled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mu­lan”), Irene Bedard (“Poc­a­hon­tas”), Linda Larkin (Jas­mine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Ben­son (Ariel in “The Lit­tle Mer­maid”).

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