The internet has become a integral part of our lives. Many of us don’t start or end our days without rolling over to our mobile phones to check email, Instagram feeds, order that sale item on Amazon or a food delivery for lunch or dinner.
Even Disney got in on the action taking one of their beloved animated characters from Wreck it Ralph giving him an adventure in the internet.
Imagine the world of the internet with a blue sky and no borders…
Then, figuring out how to populate that world with businesses, characters representing algorithms, internet citizens, crowds of course Miss Yesss!!! Yesss!!! voiced by Golden Globe winning Taraji P. Henson has cool fiber optic hair with data flowing through it.
I was recently invited by Disney where I was very thoroughly educated on how their animators Renato Dos Anjos (Co-Head of Animation), Moe El-Ali (Crowds Supervisor), Matthias Lechner (Art Director of Environments), Ernest Petti (Technical Supervisor, Dave K. Komorowski (Head of Characters) and Larry Wu (Head of Environment) literally bring an animated vision like this one to life.
These animators, most of whom dreamed of creating movie magic since childhood, have worked on such Disney hits as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Tangled, Zootopia and of course, Wreck it Ralph. Most of the Wreck it Ralph sets and locations were carried over to Ralph Breaks The Internet which include 150 masters sets, 5736 unique assets, 100,000 elements alone in the shot of the internet which garnered a grand total of 1.9 million render hours a day. These figures alone make me dizzy, but man are they impressive!!!
If all that weren’t enough, each and every animated film Disney takes on begins with the Director’s vision and massive research. This idea is then brought over to the story department consisted of 30 people, where a director’s workshop is formed. At this workshop everyone involved crafts the film into 3 acts where the script is divided among the storyboard team. Those ideas are ultimately pitched in storyboard board form ONLY where the process in continued through 8-9 screenings before the finished product is even close to what we finally see in the cinema.
I don’t know about you, but my appreciation for these artists and the pages of credits that scroll at the end of each film is on a whole other level now. So, when you pop into a theatre this holiday season to catch Ralph Breaks The Internet, you now have a leg up on all it takes to create an animated classic. Produced by Walt Disney Studios, Ralph Breaks The Internet hits theaters on November 21st.
Check out the release of Imagine Dragons’ new video for “Zero,” the end-credit song they wrote for “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”