PAMELA RIBON She was so anxious for her idea that she had to pause to ask herself: If I write this, will he be fired?
As a storyteller, Ribon meets a modern Disney princess, has worked for about two years on the hit "Moana." And she says her gift for creating a dialogue of strong and fun female characters had helped her become a Disney writer "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (the opening of Wednesday), the sequel to Rich Moore's successful Oscar nomination in 2012 , "Wreck-It Ralph".
So it was with a taste for the satirical what Ribon began to reflect: What would happen if, at one point in the film, it surrounded Vanellope Von Schweetz, the friendly and daring video game broker of the franchise "Ralph" (with voice from Sarah Silverman), with enough Disney princesses who looked like a women's guild meeting, and then made fun of their tropes?
Ribon approached the first draft of the concept with the cheerful abandon of someone who believed that the heads of their studies would never allow such a comical coup in the palace. And for that reason, he instilled the young women of Disney, with a good tension, representing eight decades of animated history in the studio, to question the new child asking him if he meets one of the criteria of a Disney princess, such as being a victim of a poisoning. or kinship convicted.
But then came the true turn: the detour of Vanellope's story not only received a green light, but the meta-encounter of the princesses also became one of the best scenes in the film. Despite the long history of Disney-princess parodies, memes and YouTube spoofage by external comedians at the door, the Magic Kingdom itself has surpassed them all. As Cinder-satire says, the game is over: the winner, the "Ralph" team.
All this because Ribon, the writer and comedian of Peripatetic education (her many childhood homes included a period in Germantown, Md.) Worshiped Vanellope, who was hoping that the big-hearted girl was worthy of being crowned as the Disney royalty.
At the beginning of the making of "Moana," Ribon tells Comic Riffs of The Washington Post, the writers wondered about their island heroine: "Will she be a princess? half? "
That conversation moved to the early stages of the story of the sequel to "Ralph." "I thought: 'My God, why is Vanellope Canon?'" Says Ribon. "For me, she's my kind of princess, with a hoodie."
"At first we were joking about Vanellope photographing the [seven] Dwarves, "says Ribon, that brainstorm evolved until Vanellope, who is absent from his game Sugar Rush, is in the Oh My Disney Internet area.
"What if they are trying to determine whether or not it is a canon? [is] that they decide in Disneyland that it allows some of them to obtain their coronation, "says Ribon of having the Vaneslope grilled princesses in his possible real curriculum." And so I took it from there ".
But while executing her idea, says Ribon, she began to have a "real panic attack", so she contacted a friend, a Disney Wikipedia, and said: "I have all these tropes and I just want to make sure I have the princesses Which ones were kidnapped? Which ones have dad's problems?
"She was like:" What are you work"
What Ribon was doing was heading towards a kind of scene that he has gravitated towards for a long time. Almost two decades ago, he organized a theatrical show based on the amazing memoirs of actress Anne Heche in 2001, while more than a dozen different artists read parts of the book.
"I notice the direct line from the Anne Heche monologue show to the princess scene," says Ribon, who studied drama at the University of Texas at Austin. "I did that program because I wanted my friends to have a showcase, and when I read [her] Book, I kept hearing their voices in my head and I thought: "I think these are monologues for you to audition." And then that became the stage show. "
For the meeting place of the "Ralph" princess's room, Ribon began to hear the voices of many of the actresses who originated the roles. So the film attracted many of them to repeat their roles, including Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel of "Frozen", Mandy Moore of "Rapunzel" and Kelly Macdonald of "Brave".
Finally, with almost no expectation, the idea passed in front of the directors, Rich Moore and Phil Johnston ("Zootopia"), and the producers, while they thought: "They will not allow me to make this Ariel joke".
Instead, Moore's encouraging response came. "The idea of satirizing Disney," he tells The Post, "is the best gift we've received."
In addition, says Johnston, reasoned that because the configuration of the movie is "Internet, you can do anything, you can go anywhere." So, why can not Vanellope appear on a website where the Disney princesses are? "
As the meeting of the princesses evolved, the writers downplayed the fact that not only Disney princesses are often abducted, but that they are always contemplating the "important waters". (In her attention to detail, a fanatical princess of the studio pointed out to Ribon that Mulan does not look in a puddle, but in a trough.) Robin's enthusiastic response: "Even better!") The scene also shows the dependence of a heavy piece to solve the thorny problem of a damsel.
Ribon recorded all the scratch tracks of the princess (the placeholder recordings of the voices used during the development) so that the filmmakers could hear how the whole scene would unfold.
The producers assured other vocal actors of previous princesses, such as Irene Bedard ("Pocahontas"), Jodi Benson ("Little Mermaid"), Auli & Craig ("Moana"), Paige O & # 39; Hara (" Beauty and the Beast "), Linda Larkin (" Aladdin "), Anika Noni Rose (" The Princess and the Frog ") and Ming-Na Wen (" Mulan "), and Ribon remained the voice of Snow White. (Adriana Caselotti, who expressed the title of the princess in 1937, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", died in 1997.)
And all the actresses, says Ribon, clearly enjoyed the intimidation of their characters with affectionate respect, the filmmakers say, including the way princesses relax and speak with greater awareness about their lives.
"It's like when I make fun of my dad," says Johnston. "Yes, I can do that, I love my father and I love his weaknesses, we are coming to this from a place of love."
It is not that Ribon is not still on guard for mocking the princesses that populate the Kingdom.
"I'm glad that people really liked it," she says, "but I do not think I've really exhaled yet."