Excited about Ralph Breaks the Internet? Check out these fun facts about the movie straight from the directors, producers, and animation teams at Walt Disney Studios! It’s everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about Wreck it Ralph 2!
I was provided with an all-inclusive trip to Los Angeles courtesy of Disney for the Christopher Robin Red Carpet Event and Ralph Breaks the Internet media day.
Earlier this year I had the chance to go to the Walt Disney Animation Studios for a sneak peek at Ralph Breaks the Internet. Similar to when I went to Pixar Studios to learn more about Incredibles 2, we had the chance to not only watch clips from the upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet but to also learn about how the movie was made, what went into the animation, and more.
It was amazing!
Over the next few months I get to share some of those sneak peeks and fun facts I learned on the trip – starting right now!
Since some of the info could spoil a bit of the movie’s surprise for you, I’m not going to share everything. But I will share the things I thought were the most fun and interesting, things you definitely won’t know just from watching the trailers or looking at photos!
So let’s get this party started with a little intro to Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet! Then keep reading because that’s where it really gets good with info from the director and producers on why they made the movie now, new characters to the cast, and more!
Ralph Breaks the Internet: The Story
When we return to Ralph and Vanellope’s little arcade, Ralph is wrecking buildings, Vanellope is racing, and things are pretty much perfect. Until the arcade owner, Mr. Litwick, brings in a new game – WiFi – that no one is allowed to enter.
It’s on this same day that a kid playing Sugar Rush accidentally breaks the steering wheel on the game and Mr. Litwick thinks it might be time to let the old game go since he can’t just order a new steering wheel from the game’s manufacturer, which closed years ago.
The kids love the game in the arcade so much that they find a replacement steering wheel on eBay. The replacement costs too much to make it worth it for Mr. Litwick, so he decides he just needs to unplug the game and sell it for parts, leaving Vanellope homeless without her game.
Ralph hates seeing his friend unhappy and decides that they need to go into the internet through the WiFi game, find eBay, and get that steering wheel to save Vanellope’s game. And when they do, the internet is a little bit bigger than they ever imagined.
Will Ralph and Vanellope be able to save Sugar Rush or will Vanellope be homeless forever? And will Ralph break the internet on their adventures? Head to the theaters on November 21, 2018 to find out! Watch the brand new trailer for a sneak peek at their internet adventures!
Fun Facts About Ralph Breaks the Internet
As I mentioned earlier, we had the chance to listen to and interview directors Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It-Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”) as well producer Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”) about Ralph Breaks the Internet. Too much info to share it all, but here are some of my favorite highlights!
Why do a sequel now?
The team actually started working on the sequel back in 2014 right after they finished the film Wreck-It-Ralph. They kew Ralph and Vanellope had more stories to tell, but you can’t just make a sequel for the heck of it – you need a good reason.
That good reason happened to be when they came up with the idea to take these misfit best friends from their small town arcade into the huge internet. That idea blossomed and turned into what has become Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Will we meet any new characters in this movie?
In addition to John C. Riley (Ralph) and Sarah Silverman (Vanellope) returning to voice their original cahracters, we’re also going to meet tons of new characters including two main standouts – Yesss played by Taraji P. Henson and Shank, voiced by none other than Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot.
Yesss might be one of the coolest characters ever. After watching Young and Hungry, she totally reminds me of Ashley Tisdale’s character Logan Rawlings at Clickd Media – except Yesss is an algorithm instead of an actual person.
But she’s the sharer of everything cool, trendy, up to date, and now. And because she’s part of a digital world and not an actual person, her hair and clothing change often – and her jacket is made up of thousands fiber objects. I seriously can’t wait to see it.
Who are the Netizens?
Speaking of new characters, the internet is full of two types of users – Net Users and Netizens. Net Users are basically like the digital avatars of people using the internet and Netizens are the people living in the internet that help serve the net users.
So for example, if you were sitting on your computer at home and googled something – you would be the new user and the Netizens working at Google looking up your answer would be the Netizens. I found the idea kind of mind-blowing and fascinating – putting such an amazing visual on something I do every single day.
How did Disney create the internet?
The internet is this massive intangible thing and somehow Disney has created a visual version of it in Ralph Breaks the Internet. When we asked about creating the internet, the team talked to us about their big research trip for this movie – they drove nine miles away to a server building that houses all of the connections of any and all communications in North America.
They studied the miles and miles of wires and used that as inspiration to design the internet we’ll see in the film.
What about the bad side of the internet?
This is something I’m going to touch on a bit more in my post next month but one of the questions asked was whether or not we’d see some of the not so great sides of the internet – people trolling with negative comments, shady stuff, etc. And the answer is yes – the teams creating the film are very aware that the internet can be both a wonderful and not so wonderful place. It’s neither 100% good or 100% bad.
This will be addressed in the movie, and I can’t wait to see how it’s handled because honestly the internet can be an incredibly hurtful place when people are hiding behind their screens and saying whatever they want. I think people don’t realize sometimes that the person they’re ridiculing or criticizing is a person with real feelings too.
And last but not least, the real question everyone wants to know…
Why isn’t it called Ralph Wrecks the Internet?
Because as Yesss so kindly puts it in the film, break the internet is a thing. And who knows, Ralph might actually break the internet in the movie.