One of the fun interviews we got to be part of during our time on the Ralph Breaks The Internet press junket were to interview Co-writer Pamela Ribon, and Ami Thompson (Art Director, characters) and Kira Lehtomaki (Head of Animation) about the fabulous ‘Princess Scene’ in Ralph Breaks The Internet. I DO believe that when this sneak peak was released, it ALMOST broke the internet.
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The Oh My Disney Princess scene almost didn’t get made.
Kira Tomaki almost didn’t submit the sketches and and first draft of the Disney Princess scene. She had the idea for the scene, sketched it wrote a draft but thought twice about submitting it. She was concerned that one of two things would happen. First, she would get fired for writing the scene calling out the different types of princess. Or she thought it would go viral for the humor involved. After she submitted it she laid on the floor and had a panic attack. We are all glad she submitted it because it is AH-Mazing!
What are on the shirts of the Oh My Disney Princesses?
The shirts on the Oh My Disney Princess in the Ralph Breads The Internet are epic. They are great reflections of the princesses. The scene goes by so fast so here are what you can see on their shirts:
- Belle – BFF Beast Friends Forever
- Pocahontas – Image of a wolf crying to the moon ‘Blue Corn Moon’ ala craft drink style
- Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) – Nap Queen
- Merida – Growling bear head with ‘Mum’ in text underneath
- Mulan – silk bomber jacket with dragon embroidery on the back
- Anna – A sandwich graphic with ‘Finishes each others’ text
- Snow White – Red apple with green scull overlay, ‘Poison’ in text
- Tiana – NOLA (also a Starbucks inspired drink with the Castle in the graphic)
- Cinderella – pumpkin carriage with G2G. (Got 2 Go)
- Elsa – Just Let It Go
- Rapunzel – Graphic of a Duck and ‘Snuggly Duck’ in print
- Moana – Shiney
Who is the voice of Snow White in the Wreck It Ralph Disney princess scene?
Kira Tomaki did the scratch voice for Snow White in the Wreck It Ralph Disney princess scene and her voice made it to the final cut. The rest of the voices of the princesses are voiced by their original voice actors.
Who is Pamela Ribon?
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter & co-wrote “Ralph Breaks the Internet” alongside Phil Johnston. Ribon was first tapped by directors John Musker and Ron Clements to work on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” (2016). She also worked on Disneynature’s “Bears” (2014), scripting John C. Reilly’s narration. It was there she worked with Rich Moore and Jim Reardon—which ultimately led to her current assignment with “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”
In the comic book world, Ribon recently released two critically-acclaimed original graphic novels “My Boyfriend is a Bear” and “Slam!”, and penned issues of “Rick and Morty” for Oni Press. Her comedic memoir, “Notes to Boys (And Other Things I Shouldn’t Share in Public),” which dissects her lengthy love notes and awkward essays from her high school years, was called “Brain-Breakingly Funny” by NPR. Ribon previously served as a writer on “Samantha Who?” for ABC. She has published four novels: “You Take It From Here,” “Going in Circles,” “Why Moms Are Weird” and “Why Girls Are Weird.” She was a flagship contributor to Television Without Pity.
Ribon earned her BFA in acting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also wrote, performed, and directed original material for Hyde Park Theatre, HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival and the award-winning comedy troupe “Monks’ Night Out.”
She resides on the east side of Los Angeles. She is between pets.
Who is Ami Thomson?
Ami Thompson is an Art Director for Characters and joined WDAS in 2015 as a visual development trainee. Within months, Thompson was asked to join the “Wreck-It Ralph 2” team, supervising the design for the hundreds of varied characters that appear in the animated feature.
Thompson’s first project at Disney was the 2016 short “Inner Workings,” for which she was the character supervisor. As part of her role on the short, she (along with the legendary Mark Henn) created all of the hand-drawn animation within the short.
Thompson was born in Japan and raised in Canada, where her family still resides. At age 18, she decided she would pursue a career in animation. She studied at the famed Studio Ghibli as well as Sheridan College.
Thompson lives in Burbank, Calif., where she loves the weather. She has a cat who she says provides her with a lot of artistic inspiration.
Who is Kira Lehtomaki?
Kira Lehtomaki is a Co-Head of Animation andjoined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2007 as an animation trainee in the talent development program. She’s contributed to a host of WDAS titles, including Oscar® winners “Zootopia,” “Paperman” and “Frozen,” plus “Bolt,” “Tangled,” “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice,” “Tangled Ever After” and “Wreck-It Ralph.” Previously, Lehtomaki served as a junior animator on “Alvin & the Chipmunks” at Rhythm & Hues.
At age 3, Lehtomaki saw “Sleeping Beauty” for the first time; she was mesmerized by the sequence of Briar Rose in the forest. By age 5, she knew she wanted to be a “drawer” for Disney. In addition to completing Animation Mentor’s online character animation program, she attended the University of Washington, majoring in computer science, and took part in Disneyland’s College Program.
Lehtomaki resides in Burbank, Calif.