I’ll never forget sitting in an arena filled with Disney fans waiting to get the first look at all the new Disney magic heading our way. I was lucky to be attending D23 2017 as a part of a blogger press trip. We grabbed our seats and waited for the animation panel to start. We had no way of knowing how epic it would be. That was the first time the iconic Disney Princess scene was screened to the public, it was actually the first thing we saw from the new Ralph Breaks the Internet movie. It brought down the house.
It was because of this scene in the film many of the bloggers on our trip decided Disney Bounding on the Ralph Breaks the Internet Blue Carpet was the way to go. We were all thrilled when we learned we would have the opportunity to chat with Pamela Ribon, co-writer of Ralph Breaks the Internet, to discuss the princess scene.
Pamela Was Nervous About the Scene
Imagine being the person who writes the scene where the iconic Disney princesses are making fun of themselves, but in a good spirited way? According to Pamela when she started the creative process, she knew it was a long shot but felt it was something worth exploring. She started thinking, what would happen if Vanellope met all the Disney princesses. What would that look like, how would they embrace her?
She went on to say, she didn’t think the princesses would just accept Vanellope, they would want to know more about her character. That’s what we saw in the scene when they accept her into the fold. Ribon says she had a panic attack when she finished the first draft, but when she sent a few lines to her friend who loved it, she knew it was worth the risk.
Most of the Original Voice Actresses Are Back
What’s even more magical about this scene is that Disney was able to get most of the original voice actresses to come back and reprise their roles for the film. Only three of the princesses have different voices. Ribon was tapped to reprise Snow White after voicing the characters during the pitching stages to Disney executives. Jennifer Hale stepped in for Cinderella and Aurora was voiced by Kate Higgins.
Oh My Disney!
Vanellope meets the princesses when she’s looking for a place to hide and ends up glitching into the room with the ladies. According to Ribon, when writing the film, they felt Oh My Disney would be the perfect place to have the characters meet. She described the site as “the destination” for Disney fans.
The Comfy Princesses
Once Pamela’s script was green-lighted, she needed to help the design team come up with ideas so they could start creating the film. When talking with the design team, she knew the wanted to give all the princesses a makeover and used the chance meeting with Vanellope as a guide for the makeover. Since all the Disney Princesses were in their iconic styled clothes, it made sense to add switch things up as add that laid-back feel that Vanellope is known for. Ribon relied on Vanellope’s President style for her inspiration. After lots of different meetings to pitch ideas, they picked the final looks, and they are amazing.
One of the things we talked about in our group is how is it possible for all the Disney Princesses to be in one space. How does that work? Did they leave their worlds? Is this going to affect how we see them moving forward? So many questions that seem small but they really aren’t. And Robin had a great response, that I think is worth sharing. The princesses we see in the Oh My Disney app section of Ralph Breaks the Internet are just avatars. It’s also one of the reasons why the princesses look a bit different. They wanted to keep their uniformed look, but also make sure when fans saw these princesses they would know they are from Ralph Breaks the Internet and not their actual movies.
About Ralph Breaks the Internet
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 arrives in theatres everywhere on November 21st!
As you can see we had a lot of fun on the Ralph Breaks the Internet Blue carpet, rocking our favorite princesses. Be sure to grab your tickets for Ralph Breaks the Internet today for opening weekend. With the four day weekend it’s a great time to head to the movies.