Behind The Scenes At Disney | Ralph Breaks The Internet Edition

Behind The Scenes At Disney Ralph Breaks The Internet

When you walk onto the Disney Studios campus in Burbank, California, you feel as if greatness is stamped on the walls around you. The cool air is crisp with a flutter of excitement. The instructions are stealthy as you’re escorted from room to room. During my first visit there, I imagined that I was a reporter on a mission to find out more about the new theater release of Ralph Breaks the Internet. I’ll call this new movie, sensational, incredible, timely, diverse, and tons of fun. It’s a movie that will intrigue all age groups.  On November 21st, you’ll have a chance to beyond my brief tour behind the scenes at Disney and you’ll be able to see what my descriptions below are really all about.

For starters, it’s sensational because we’ve been anticipating the sequel since the first release of Wreck it Ralph for almost 10 years. The details that have gone into the making of the film is worth the wait. The output and animation are grand in an “out of this world” Disney kind of way. 

Before I take you on a virtual blog behind the scenes at Disney tour to look at this movie from a creators perspective, please take a moment and read my overview of Ralph Breaks the Internet to find out more about why I was so excited to have an exclusive look at the making of Ralph Breaks the Internet.

The Story Download Team at Disney Behind the Scenes Look At Ralph Breaks the Internet

The Story Download A Behind The Scenes At Disney Look at Ralph Breaks The Internet

Of course, I knew that a Disney movie would have a story team, but honestly, nothing prepared me for the information I received about how long it actually takes to make a movie like Ralph Breaks the Internet. Even with the best technology and resources that money can buy, it still takes a long time to from start to finish to complete a movie. 

In fact, there is so much time and preparation that goes into the making of a movie, that skill, confidence, and patience are three attributes that every team member needs to possess. For instance, when we arrived at Disney Studios one of the first Disney teams we met were,  Josie Trinidad (Head of Story), Jason Hand (Story Artist) and Natalie Nourigat (Story Artist), who spoke to us bloggers about the special roles that the story team played not only in sculpting a new masterful adventure for Ralph and Vanellope but also in envisioning the ever-changing world of the internet.

Overall, their interconnect abilities and teamwork struck me. They are a really close-knit team because in order to make a movie and have it look consistent, every person on the team has to work well together, it’s not like each person just does their work separately and then the work is magically put together. Nope, here’s the inside scoop of how Ralph Breaks the Internet came to a theater near you.

 Image provided by Disney – Josie Trinidad (Head of Story)
Image provided by Disney – Jason Hand (Story Artist and Story Supervisor)
Image provided by Disney – Natalie Nourigat (Story Artist)


My key Takeaways from the Ralph Breaks The Internet Story Download team

It took the story download team many hours to research how the internet would look and feel for the viewers. Disney wanted the film to make sense to parents and their kids, so everyone can enjoy it. Moreover, the process is really about quality. The team took time to research many facts about the internet, but one aspect of their research that stood out to me was how many cat videos they watched. Their time also when into what actually makes something go viral on the web because everything has its unique vibe.

Their steadfast research shows that they also wanted the film to be safe for young viewers so they could watch for entertainment purposes but also learn information on the side as well. The story download team is best described as a team of skilled artist with great vivid imaginations who take a script and use their artistic talents as it is prepared for screening, and then divided among Disney’s various story artists. They are all visionaries.

Ralph breaks the Internet Story board exampleThe Web’s Wide World

's Wide World For Ralph Breaks the internet (Disney Partner)

A little later in the day, we were able to sit and listen to the technical creators: Matthias Lechner (Art Director, environments), Larry Wu (Head of Environments) and Ernie Petti (Technical Supervisor) who taught us bloggers how they became miracle workers who had the responsibility of turning abstract concepts like the internet into a mega,  metropolis world. So viewers would be able to understand through their artistic abilities a tangible representation of the internet.


Matthias Lechner (Art Director, environments)
Larry Wu (Head of Environments)
Ernie Petti (Technical Supervisor)

My key Takeaways from the Ralph Breaks The Internet Story Download team

These developers come from a variety of educational backgrounds but found their love for art, animation, and all things Disney. Each group works collaboratively while thinking about how to best bring the characters to life visually for the viewers. Basically, they create the concept and then make it visual so that it can tangibly come to life through digital guides, staging, clarity, and entertainment.

These guys put in some serious work, to bring us this much-anticipated film. Technology really came through and helped show us how they took the paper drawings from the story download team and made them into an actual animated film. To make it happen, it took 1.9 million render hours per day, which was down by a hightech skilled computer.

The Ralph Breaks the internet team who populated the Internet (Disney Partner)

Populating The Internet presentations

Next we met with Cory Loftis (Production Designer), Dave Komorowski (Head of Characters and Technical Animation), Renato dos Anjos (Head of Animation) and Moe El-Ali (Crowds’ Supervisor) who helped us explore the process of creating the people of the internet who make up much of the film and are “Netizens” and “Net Users.”

My key Takeaways from the Ralph Breaks The Internet Story Download team

I learned that animated characters have to be created separately. For example, 434 unique characters, with a total of 6,752 variants were created for the internet world to come to fruition. Those numbers are really mind blowing to me. Talk about these guys having a extra dose of patience to do their jobs.

Furthermore, once inside Disney studios, you could see a glimpse of the past but the current movie that teams are working on, cover many of the walls on full display. Essentially, I learned that Disney Studies breeds creativity, which is shown in every room.

The Ralph Breaks the internet team who populated the Internet (Disney Partner)

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