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.