During the Ralph Breaks the Internet press event we had the amazing opportunity of sitting down to talk with the co-writer of Ralph Breaks the Internet Pamela Ribon! It was so cool hearing from the source how the movie came to be, all about the famous princess scene and so much more.
The first thing I have to tell you is Pamela Ribon could be all of our best friends. She is so down to earth, funny, and real. I could easily see myself sitting down for chai tea with her and chatting the afternoon away. Ok, maybe for a cocktail but either way you get my drift. She is also our age. Ok, if you are in the early 40’s age demographic than you are on our team. I had this moment of pure happiness realizing that someone my age is making huge impacts in Disney movies. How cool is that!
Pamela Ribon is the heart, soul and creative idea maker of the now or soon to be beyond iconic Princess Scene! Trust me when I tell you the princesses make a big impact and you are going to LOVE IT! Pamela had this idea of satirizing Disney itself and then worried what people would think. Would they accept the princesses all together, would they find it funny, would they…would they…
After worrying, talking to a good friend and to the directors they decided to secretly story board the scene to see what happened. Thankfully for all of us the audience of test screeners loved it and over the course of the movie coming together, it stayed in the movie.
Honestly, It is one of my favorite scenes in the entire movie and I will go back this weekend to see Ralph Breaks the Internet again just to see this scene! I know that I missed some of the small subtle satires that are in the scene and I can’t wait to look for them.
One thing I love is that Pamela Ribon and the other executives for Ralph Breaks the Internet brought back as many of the original voices for the princesses as they could! Voices include Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Jodi Benson (“Little Mermaid”), Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Paige O’Hara (“Beauty and the Beast”), Linda Larkin (“Aladdin”), Anika Noni Rose (“The Princess and the Frog”) and Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”) — and Ribon remained as the voice of Snow White. (Adriana Caselotti, who voiced the title princess in 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” died in 1997.)
The creative team met with each of the actresses and found out what they thought of the scenes, how their characters are shown and what they would love to see their characters do. It is so cool knowing that the individual actresses got to have input into their princesses that they have personified.
Oh yeah did I mention that Pamela Ribon voiced Snow White in the film!
When you watch Ralph Breaks the Internet and see the princess scene I hope you will send a thank you to Pamela Ribon for having the courage to push the boundaries of how a Disney movie is made, for pushing the idea of what a Disney Princess really is, and for pushing past her fears and making it happen. I think we can all learn from this scene that some days you have to step past your fears and trust that the work you are doing is going to be amazing.
One cool thing to realize is that many of the princesses in the scene had never been rendered in 3-D before. They are classic princesses that had to be morphed into internet princesses with the help of legendary Disney animator Mark Henn.
One of my favorite things that came out of the princess scene is the comfy clothes that we can all wear on a daily basis! This is my dream Disney line and I want it all!!!! Check out all of the Ralph Breaks the Internet toys and gifts you need in your life!
Did you know that there is a Ralph Breaks VR experience? It is honestly amazing!
Plus you can see all of the photos and what it was like on the Red Carpet for Ralph Breaks the Internet in Los Angeles!
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET opens this Wednesday, November 21st! Make sure and order your tickets now so you can enjoy every minute of it!
About Ralph Breaks the Internet
In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.Directed by Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.
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I have to send a huge thank you to Disney for making this interview happen!!! I am so beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with Disney and share this story with all of you!