Disney “Ralph Breaks The Internet” Cast lineup and Animation Progression

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Ralph Breaks the Internet” features both fresh and familiar faces with an extraordinary voice cast that brings humor and emotional depth to the all-new story. Here is a lineup of the Cast, along with some new Characters that will add depth to the story.

Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is the same ham-fisted video-game bad guy with a heart. These days, his heart is full since befriending fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz. He treasures their friendship and will do anything to help his buddy—but his efforts don’t always turn out as he hopes. So when Vanellope’s game is busted due to his heavy-handed attempt to liven things up for her, Ralph takes it upon himself to track down the broken part—even though it means venturing to a scary new world called the internet. Fortunately, with Vanellope by his side, anything is possible as far as Ralph is concerned. “When Ralph sees Vanellope’s infatuation with the internet, however, he fears she’s slipping away,” says head of story Jim Reardon. “And Ralph being Ralph, he doesn’t handle it very well.”

Vanellope von Schweetz still sports her wicked sense of humor, razor-sharp tongue, and her best buddy Ralph. She also maintains her lemons-to-lemonade coding mistake—the outcast-making glitch that once inhibited her racing ability but ultimately became her superpower. Having overthrown King Candy and taken her rightful position as princess of Sugar Rush, Vanellope promptly ditched her royal gown in favor of her signature cozy style and joined the ranks of the Sugar Rush racers. Although she frequently tops the leaderboard these days, she finds herself getting a little bored of the same old tracks and predictable competitors. Once she realizes there’s a big world out there, she wants to see more of it. Sarah Silverman returns as the voice of Vanellope.

Yesss is the head algorithm of a trend-making website called BuzzzTube. If it’s hip, if it’s trendy, if it’s now, Yesss has seen it first and shared it with the world. With an eye for the next viral video sensation, Yesss has her finger on the internet’s fast-paced pulse, but that doesn’t stop her from helping Ralph and Vanellope when they find themselves in serious financial debt to eBay. If anyone knows how to work the web, it’s Yesss. “She anticipates the next best thing,” says Moore. “What’s hot one second might not be the next. And every time we see her, she’s wearing a different outfit with a trendy new hairstyle. Yesss personifies the ever-evolving nature of the internet and she’s really funny, too.” Taraji P. Henson lends her voice to the website entrepreneur.

KnowsMore, voiced by Alan Tudyk is a search engine Ralph and Vanellope turn to upon arriving in the internet. He is more than ready with answers when it comes to tracking down that elusive place called eBay where they hope to find the coveted Sugar Rush steering wheel. Literally a know-it-all, KnowsMore frequently gets ahead of himself, finishing people’s sentences in an attempt to guess what they’re going to say. “He has a pretty aggressive auto-fill,” says screenwriter Pamela Ribon. “He just wants to be helpful and fast, but he can come off as nosey.”

Felix and Calhoun are as passionate as ever—about each other, their games and whatever life throws at them. These heroes at heart are the first to step up to the plate when Sugar Rush breaks, leaving a bevy of young racers without a home. “Felix and Calhoun have been toying with the idea of becoming parents, so they decide to test the waters by adopting 15 tweens at the same time,” says Reardon. “What could go wrong?” Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch return as the voices of Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sergeant Calhoun.

These are just a few of the many characters in “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The film also welcomes the Disney Princesses to the story in a fun, but ultimately meaningful way. Putting Vanellope in a room with all of the Disney Princesses was funny from the get-go, considering her unapologetic personality and laidback outlook. It’s a fun scene you don’t want to miss.

Filmmakers invited the original voice talent to return to the studio to help bring their characters to life. The royal reunion included 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”). “We were able to get just about everyone who’s still with us to reprise their roles,” says co-Director Phil Johnston.

So what does it take for a scene to come to life in animation? Below is an Animation Progression, on what it took to create a scene in “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Starting from scratch with a storyboard to final lightning, the creative teams work together to bring the magic to life.

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: STORY – Storyboard artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios work closely with the director, heads of story and screenwriters to transform words on a script page into a visual representation—for example in this scene that showcases Ralph and Vanellope’s arrival to the internet. Storyboards are edited together with scratch or temporary dialogue, providing filmmakers with an early idea of how a scene might play out. Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, and featuring Jim Reardon as story director and Josie Trinidad as head of story, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018. ©2018 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: VISUAL DEVELOPMENT – Visual development artists, often referred to as “vis dev” artists, are responsible for early visual exploration for what a film’s characters and environments might look like on screen. They gather input from directors, the production designer and other key players in the production to create detailed images that relay the mood, tone and color an animated scene might convey. Vis dev artists work in various media, ranging from traditional paper and pencil to digital paint programs, to create art to inform and inspire the final look of the film. Featuring Cory Loftis as production designer, and Ami Thompson and Matthias Lechner as art director of characters and environments, respectively, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018. ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: LAYOUT – During the layout phase, layout artists determine approximately where the characters will be positioned and how they will move in a given scene. They also establish where the virtual cameras will be placed. This effort helps directors bring storyboards into the CG environment, while narrowing down the infinite possibilities a scene presents. Animators begin their efforts with layout, adding detailed character performance along the way. Nathan Warner serves as the director of cinematography, layout for “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2018. ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: ANIMATION – Animators are responsible for a character’s performance. Given rough blocking from layout, animators bring the characters’ movements to life, adding expression and personality. Artists establish guidelines for each character in terms of expression and movement, and are encouraged by directors to tap inspiration from voice talent performance, and even their own acting skills to refine character animation. Featuring Kira Lehtomaki and Renato dos Anjos as heads of animation, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opens on Nov. 21, 2018. ©2018 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: TECHNICAL ANIMATION – The technical animation team is responsible for fine-tuning the animation and simulation in a scene when most elements of the scene are in place. Hair and cloth are physically simulated and add believability to the performance of an animated character—that’s where “tech anim” comes in. Dave Komorowski is the head of characters and technical animation for “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018. ©2018 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: CROWDS – A massive world like the internet called for massive crowds—topping those featured in “Moana” and “Zootopia” combined. The sheer number of characters and vehicles in this single shot would be impossible to animate individually, so the crowds department, which was formed at Disney Animation on the original “Wreck-It Ralph” in 2012, created methods to proceduralize the effort. The character asset team creates various body shapes and sizes, as well as costume pieces that can be mixed and matched to create multiple looks. Animators subsequently create a variety of base movements for the crowd characters. The artists in the crowds department then work to procedurally place and animate these elements to build a crowd of characters and vehicles that functions independently. Moe El-Ali serves as crowds supervisor for “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018. ©2018 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: EFFECTS ANIMATION – Effects animators add visual elements to the scene that include atmospheric haze, flames, smoke and, in this case, the holographic look, car trails and motion blur that showcases the busy traffic of the Net Users’ unique vehicles in the internet. Cesar Velazquez is head of effects animation for “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which hits U.S. theaters Nov. 21, 2018. ©2018 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: SET EXTENSION – While sets in an animated scene are detailed and often extensive, a scene like this introduction to the internet is so expansive that filmmakers have to fill in the areas farthest from the action. Several techniques are utilized in set extension, including matte painting and advanced technology that tells the computer to reduce the detail/data in those areas farthest from the camera to make them visually appealing, but small enough in terms of data that they can be efficiently rendered. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018. ©2018 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: LIGHTING – Lighting is among the final stages of shot production in animation, though the lighting department is integral to the look of the film as production gets underway. Lighting artists can place individual lights within a scene, but for a scene as big as the one in which Ralph and Vanellope visit the internet for the first time, technology is utilized to place multiples of similar lights—like those on a building, for example—creating a more efficient process for dealing with a massive and diverse number of light sources. Brian Leach is the director of cinematography, lighting for “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018. ©2018 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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