November 21 is coming quick, but not quick enough for some Disney animation fans, excited to see the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph – Ralph Breaks the Internet.
But to fill in the time, Oh My Disney posted a breakdown of the Walt Disney Animation creative process, as they sought to once again breathe life into Ralph and Vanellope.
OMD’s Mariana Uribe explained:
We recently spoke with Head of Story Josie Trinidad and Story Artists Jason Hand and Natalie Nourigat at an event at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and gathered some insight into their processes in developing the story of Ralph and Vanellope’s next adventure.
- The story team re-watched the first movie early in the process.
Said Nourigat: “That was a good reminder. We’ve already set up these two very defined characters that people like. Let’s not forget who they were. “
- Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship was always at the forefront, but they will go through their fair share of challenges.
Nourigat expressed how developing the story was not always easy for her: “When you’ve got a sequel, you know who the characters are, and they should still act like themselves, but they have to change too, for there to be a new story … For me, that was already a very challenging concept.”
- The story is constantly being developed and re-worked throughout the entire process.
Trinidad praised her coworkers for being able to work collaboratively, calling it a “controlled chaotic process.”
- Conceptualizing the Oh My Disney scene was no walk in the park.
“We tried 10 million versions of that [scene],” said Hand. “And it was really hard to figure out what it is. Who is she going to interact with? What was the best version of that?”
- At one point in the movie, Ralph has to find a way to go viral.
“How to make viral content is a question everybody’s asking. It’s not a simple formula, as it turns out,” added Nourigat.
- Ultimately, it takes a lot of storyboards.
[There were] 7,883 total sequence versions: that’s every kind of iteration that each artist does that makes a change on these sequences. A whopping 283,839 storyboards drawn for Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Uribe did an excellent job breaking down the intricacies of the creative process at Walt Disney Animation Studios, so a read of the full article is a must, particularly for passages like:
“Without giving the ending away,” said Trinidad, “I think we were always [wondering], ‘OK, we’re gonna test Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship and see how it changes as they go from the … small town arcade to the big city of the Internet.’ I think we were always questioning, ‘How is this going to end? How will this change? Strengthen, ruin their friendship?’”
I am very excited for “Wreck-It Ralph 2.” Are you ready for Ralph Breaks the Internet?
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