Want to know more about the making of Ralph Breaks the Internet? Check out these insider secrets from press day presentations on how Ralph Breaks the Internet was made!
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.
Back in August, I had the chance to go to a press day with various team members who worked on Ralph Breaks the Internet. We listened to presentations from the story team, environment team, filmmakers, and more as they explained to us how they brought this Wreck it Ralph sequel to life.
Just like when I did something similar during my visit to Pixar for Incredibles 2 in April, this day of presentations were mind-blowing. I still can’t quite comprehend some of the things they told us, like how they possibly created half a million options of characters to use in this movie. But it’s really what makes Walt Disney Studios stand out among all animated films and one of the reasons I cannot wait until Ralph Breaks the Internet hits theaters in just over a month!
And similar to the poster below, one thing to know about Ralph Breaks the Internet is that there is SO much to this movie, you’ll need to watch it over and over again to catch everything. Every time you watch, you’ll see something else!
Insider Secrets about the Making of Ralph Breaks the Internet
Since I unfortunately can’t take you back in time with me to listen to these presentations, I’m going to try and do the next best thing and give you some highlights I found most interesting about making Ralph Breaks the Internet!
And don’t forget to check out our interview with the director and producers of Ralph Breaks the Internet for even more insider information straight from the mouths of the filmmakers!
1 – The story team drew 283,839 different storyboards creating this movie.
That is a lot of storyboards. It was fascinating to hear how the film goes from just ideas and concepts sketched out on storyboards to the final film in production.
The story team put ideas together, ideas get screened and feedback provided, ideas get changed, and things get screened again. Then they repeat this process over and over again as they are working to make the best film possible.
Just one example of this was trying to come up with how Ralph was going to go viral during the film. They tried out a variety of different options including Yesss’ Meme Factory where Ralph + memes were a thing but it ended up being too mean and had people laughing at Ralph instead of with him.
They also tried an idea of are you a Ralph or a Vanellope but ended up trashing that as well because it seemed to divisive and they wanted the two main characters to be a team. Their final version of Ralph going viral came together after trying out tons of different variations, screening different things, and finally settling on what you’ll see in the final film.
2 – The teams watched a lot of YouTube during the making of the film.
As you could imagine, the teams watched a lot of YouTube to come up with ideas of what would be Ralph’s big viral break in the film. From cat and baby videos to unboxing videos, plenty of time was spent trying to figure out what makes something go viral or not.
3 – The magic of the internet is in the details.
We had the opportunity to listen to the environments team talk about creating the monstrosity that is in the internet in this film. The internet is a massive and varied place, and they had the huge challenge of making it come to life. But the most exciting thing to me about the whole process was listening to them talk about creating the little details.
As you’re watching the film look for small details like girl scouts selling cookies, graffiti artists, billboard signs, and of course – unique designs for each of the buildings based on the website’s topic. It’s really the details that make this massive internet seem like a realistic world.
4 – The internet is multi-layered.
This isn’t really something you get to see in the Ralph Breaks the Internet trailers (watch it below!) but the environment teams explained to us that the internet has various layers. The deep web is right underneath the internet and is home to the archives and things you can’t reach just through your browser.
And below that, there’s the seedy underbelly of the internet full of trashed and discarded items where net users can be anonymous and viruses are regular occurrences.
It’s a place where Ralph really shouldn’t be but the teams hinted that at some point of the movie he ends up there anyway.
5 – There are over half a million different variants of characters in this movie.
Creating the internet was one thing, populating it was a totally different ball game. In order to populate the massive internet, they needed to have users after users after users, filling in all of the spaces and taking care of all of the things that happen behind the scenes.
Just to give you an idea of the massive scale of this movie when it came to characters, check out this comparison.
Bolt had 57 unique characters.
Wreck it Ralph 1 had 223 unique characters and a total of 421 character variations.
Zootopia had 182 unique animals and additional variations.
Ralph Breaks the Internet had 434 unique characters with 6752 character variations and through innovative software and small change options like hair colors, height, age, etc. they had the option of over half a million different variations to use on this film. That’s insane.
6 – The main characters have been improved.
If you watch carefully, all of the main characters have had slight improvements done to their designs just to make them richer and more realistic. When the first Ralph movie was made, animation and design technology wasn’t as advanced as it was now and just like the Pixar Animators changed the characters slightly in Incredibles 2, the characters in Ralph Breaks the Internet have had small changes made as well.
Once you watch the movie, come back and tell me what changes you found! From what I’ve seen, the changes definitely help to enhance and enrich the characters!
7 – Yesss is a digital algorithm.
One of the characters I’m most excited to see in this film is Yesss, the algorithm who knows the business BuzzTube, which is always up to date on what’s the most trendy. Because she’s an algorithm and not an actual person, the Ralph teams decided to make her digital in nature.
Her dress is a digital screen that can change on the fly, her coat is made of fiber optics and can switch patterns (and blink!), and there’s constant fiber optic data pulsing through her hair. As one of the team members said, Yess may be the coolest Disney character ever made.
8 – You are a net user.
The internet is made up of two different types of users – net users and netizens. Net users are the people like you and me who are behind the computer screen using the internet. They have square shaped heads and can be dressed in whatever they want to be. Netizens are the digital characters inside the internet running the internet.
So for instance, if I liked a post on Facebook, a Netizen would go and actually physically put a heart on that post. They also do things like run the auctions in the Ebay auction headquarters and come up with search results to your questions.
It’s honestly fascinating to me to see just a few of the characters in this movie and to see how not only the net users and netizens were designed. I’d love to know what my net user would look like, create my own net user someday!
The Ralph teams thought it was a pretty cool idea too when we asked about a net user generator that audiences could try out themselves, so hopefully it’s something we’ll see come to fruition sooner than later! I mean they built and populated an entire internet, I bet they could come up with a net user app!
If you have any other questions about the film, feel free to leave comments and I’ll do my best to answer from everything I learned during our day!
About Ralph Breaks the Internet
In Ralph Breaks the Internet, Ralph and Vanellope leave Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush.
In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.” And they meet a few (or all of the) princesses along the way!
Ralph Breaks the Internet crashes into theaters November 21st!
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