'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Directors Reveal All in New 'Behind The Screen' Podcast

The pair discusses topics from hiring Gal Gadot and Taraji P. Henson, to that famous Disney princesses scene.
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Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston discuss the making of Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet in a new episode of THR's Behind the Screen podcast series.

The sequel to Disney’s Oscar-nominated Wreck-It Ralph, the film reunites arcade game characters Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, and Vanellope, voiced by Sarah Silverman. The pair, now inseparable best friends, must head for the Internet and Ebay to find a broken part for Vanellope’s Sugar Rush arcade game.

In this episode the directors discuss new characters, including Shank, voiced by Gal Gadot; Yesss, voiced by Taraji P. Henson; KnowsMore, voiced by "lucky charm" Alan Tudyk — and the roughly one dozen voice actors who reprised their roles as Disney princesses in what has arguably become the most talked-about scene in the movie. ''Eleven of the 14 princesses are there and reunited for this film," says Johnston, "which is surreal and becomes very emotional."

The directors also answer the question: Why was it titled Ralph Breaks the Internet, and not Ralph Wrecks the Internet?

And, they address the film's themes, including its examination of friendship. "At its core this is movie about two friends," Johnston said. "We wanted to push it as far as we could into a dark, negative territory, because all friendships, all relationships, go through hard times."

Moore and Johnston also discuss finishing the movie in the wake of John Lasseter's departure. Moore said he and Johnston realized, "We can't let this moment in time cripple what we love to do."

Moore was a helmer of the original Wreck-It Ralph and won an Oscar for Zootopia. Johnston was also a writer on both Wreck-It Ralph films, as well as Zootopia.

Launched earlier this month, Behind the Screen is a new weekly podcast series hosted by THR tech editor Carolyn Giardina and featuring cinematographers, editors, composers, production designers and other artists behind the magic of motion pictures.

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