Wow, do I have a lot of amazing content to share with you today. A few months ago, I went to Walt Disney Animation Studios to chat with animators and designers that worked on Ralph Breaks the Internet also known as Wreck-It Ralph 2. These people, with bounds of enthusiasm for what they do broke down each piece of creating the story, creating the world and populating it with characters. So here is a quick re-cap of just those three HUGE pieces.
Ralph Breaks the Internet Story Process
It looks like in this story there is going to be a lesson for Ralph and friendship and liking yourself. Both Ralph and Vanellope are going to have to deal with who are they? Vanellope is going to face that fact that she might not be a car racer anymore. Who is she without her video game. Then we have Ralph and him having with YESSS and what influence is she going to play on the two of them and how will it affect their friendship.
One other key element to the story is going to be Ralph and how he goes viral and how he deals with it. The story team had great fun coming up with “viral” ideas for Ralph’s videos. Of course they played with unboxing videos, cats and many other memes. Remember a lot of things that go viral on the internet are completely random.
As the story develops they do screenings to help them judge their decisions are going. They use these to make necessary changes to the story.
Here are a few Story facts:
They had 15 story artists
45 total sequences in the film
153 total sequences boarded
Ralph Breaks the Internet Worlds
Now let’s shift a little from the story and talk about the environments, which is basically creating the world wide web. Of course they had all the environments in the video game store. From there they had to decide how would Ralph and Vanellope get to the internet and what would it look like. They decided to use the cables and translated that into animation. They made the internet look like a metropolis.
In the background you will find some very interesting items if you look closely at the world. You will find a hashtagging, loading wheel, some real world names and some made up names on the business. Every choice was intentional. The transportation devices were important and a lot of consideration went into those. , Some buildings you will see are “under construction” kind of like when you come to a website that is being updated. Screens are everywhere. The entire art department of the entire studio created screens and helped with videos for buzz tube.
Make sure you see Ralph Breaks the internet more than once just so you can see everything in the background.
Ralph Breaks The Internet World Wide Web Fun Facts
150 master sets
5,736 unique assets
100,000 elements in the opening shot of the internet
1.9 million render hours/day
Assets were brought back from all movies to create the internet population.
After creating the world then they had to fill it with users.
Look up and down and there are a lot of characters.
Here are some Character Fun Facts
Bolt had 57 characters
Wreck-It Ralph 223 unique characters and 421 variants
Ralph has 434 unique characters and 6,752 variants plus color swings making it 500,000 options. The internet users which are simplified people that use the internet. The “netizons” are the internet busy bees/workers of the internet.
The characters have been enhanced with extra details, check out the patches, and skin coloring when you are watching it.
How easily are we distracted by the internet and Ralph Breaks the internet will explore that.
Yesss has fiber optics coats, gold plating down her pants
Her hair looks like it has data moving through it.
Ralph Breaks the Internet is in Theaters November 21st.