Oscar's latest Oscar nominee on the change of course of Ralph and Vanellope coincides with the new study change in creative leadership.
In "Ralph Breaks the Internet", Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) realize that each of them has different needs and that the world is rapidly changing around them, including the millennial role of Disney princesses.
Similarly, Disney Animation is also grappling with change, led by Jennifer Lee as the new creative director, who succeeds the legendary but beleaguered John Lasseter. Despite continuing to balance the legacy with innovation, there is now an important opportunity to embrace greater inclusion and diversity in the study, dividing the old boys' club by empowering more women and people of color from top to bottom. (One indication is the Asian-themed fantasy, driven by women, developed by scribe Adele Lim and producer of Moana Osnat Shurer, "Crazy Rich Asians").
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"I think there's a big change in the study," said "Ralph" director Rich Moore. "It's that feeling of we're still trying to do the same things, but different." Jen is doing a great job as our creative leader, as well as swinging "Frozen 2." I look our creative blackboard and there are great stories and great leadership that comes from different points of view. "
"I think what we will see more in the coming years is to continue with the best foundation, but we are training people with different voices and different points of view," added Phil Johnston, "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Zootopia" turned screenwriter. in director in "Breaks the Internet".
As former outsiders, Lee, Moore and Johnston have now become consummate members, aware of the risks and opportunities of coping with change. With "Ralph Breaks the Internet", the first sequel to Disney during this new era of gold, the challenge was not swallowed by the Internet, the most animated and complex construction site in the world, more ambitious and complex.
"At its core is a simple story about friendship," Johnston said. "It becomes a little toxic and then it changes and, hopefully, it improves. But when we realized for the first time that the Internet is where we wanted to base this, it is unlimited. How to tell a simple story in the biggest world you can imagine? It was hard to get here, but "Zootopia" was probably harder to get there. "
As Ralph and V venture on the Internet, a modern brand-name metropolis built on the basis of a circuit board, Ralph's insecurity gets the better of him and spreads like a virus. "How we realized that on the screen it seemed impossible," Moore said. "But Story Trust encouraged us to accept the change and take it to the end with Ralph and Vanellope."
But even when faced with pleas to change Afro-American Tiana ("The Princess and the Frog") to their original appearance in the princess's hilarious sequence, the directors were sympathetic. "It was unexpected, but like everything we received from the notes, we observed it and realized that they were absolutely right, we had not done well," Johnston said. "So the challenge of drawing in 2D and turning it into CG has never been done before with that character.
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"We had one of the original animators, Mark Henn, who came in and recommended changes to make him look more like the original hand-drawn character," Johnston added. "And we brought in the voice actor Anika Noni Rose and [Color of Change], and they said that we did it well. We were happy. "
Disney's proactive response to Tiana's rejection further demonstrates the cultural sensitivity of the studio, according to the directors. "Our theater is not just the United States anymore, it's the world," said Moore. "And to attract the world, you need different points of view. I think the scope should be broader, but it's a very inclusive environment that I see happening in the studio. "
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