It’s the hottest scene to, well, break the internet! Everyone is talking (or will be talking!) about the crazy Ralph Breaks the Internet Princess scene coming to theaters on November 21, 2018. During the Ralph Breaks the Internet Event, we sat down for a one on one interview with screenwriter Pamela Ribon, who also happens to voice Snow White! Here are 12 insider secrets from Ralph Breaks the Internet from the newest Disney Princess.
12 Insider Secrets From The Princess Scene Creator Pamela Ribon
The Disney Princesses meet Vanellope and true Disney fans will understand why this is the most brilliant writing ever. What you’ve seen in the trailer is just the tip of the tiara, so to speak.
There’s so much more to this moment and I can’t wait for everyone to get a chance to see Ralph Breaks the Internet this week.
Here are 12 insider secrets about Ralph Breaks the Internet and the Princess scene straight from the woman who wrote it, Pamela Ribon.
1. Best. Scene. EVER.
Secret number 1 is really no secret. And it comes from me, not Pamela. But this is the best. scene. EVER.
Remember the time I went to the Animation Panel at D23 Expo and fell out of my chair? I couldn’t help myself- I was stunned over what I had just watched during the Ralph Breaks the Internet session.
I said it then and I still say it: this is simply the funniest, the most genius scene in any Disney movie ever.
Fight me on it. You won’t win.
Am I gushing over this scene to everyone who will listen?
Yup. I am.
And I might have even gushed a little bit all over screenwriter Pamela Ribon, the co-writer of Ralph Breaks the Internet and newest Disney Princess.
No shame in my Disney fangirl game!
The trailer shows an earlier version of what actually happens (things are a bit different in the movie), but it sets things up nicely from a fan point of view. Vanellope asks to be taken to a website that’s “super intense, and really nuts!” – so she’s sent to Oh My Disney!
I mean… guys… GUYS! I think super intense and really nuts pretty much sums up the Disney fandom, no?
And as you know, being a little “extra” in all things Disney is basically my middle name.
2. She’s The New Snow White But Her Daughter Is all About the Stormtroopers
Y’all, not only did she write the scene and the movie, but she voices Snow White as well.
Pamela Ribon, my fellow Longhorn, is now a Disney Princess. #GOALS.
So, yeah, she’s awesome.
When she showed her daughter the trailer clip, she hoped to score major Mom cred by pointing out that she’s in the movie as Snow White. The first princess; this is kinda a big deal, no?
Her kid was totally unimpressed.
Her daughter only had eyes for the Stormtroopers. I mean… I get it. They’re pretty cool, too.
Kids, man; sometimes our toughest critics!
3. Pamela Bounced the Scene off Her Disney BFF
We all have one in our lives: that person you know you can say anything to. The person who might think you are totally nuts… but is also totally into that fact.
When she came up with the whole Vanellope meets the Princesses idea, Pamela called one of her friends, Elise Aliberti. They met while working on Moana.
Elise also happens to be a big Disney fan, so this was an easy go-to.
What Pamela had in mind was this:
If Vanellope, a Princess, was to glitch into the backstage green room where the Disney Princesses were hanging out between sets, what would their first question be?
Because, of course, there would be questions!
Pamela Ribon: The first question they may have is ‘what kind of a princess are you?’
Like… ‘you think you can just come here and be one of us?’
And not in a bad way- but just, like, there’s a test! You don’t just get to be one of us!
She gave us a rundown of the phone call with Elise. It went something like this:
PR: I want to make sure I have this…
Which Princesses were poisoned? Which ones were kidnapped? Which ones have Daddy issues?
And she was like ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!‘
She loved the first bits sent over via text and encouraged Pamela to keep going.
We all have friends who will cheer us on, and I gotta say it: bless Elise for being that Dis-nerd friend!
4. The First Draft Is Basically the Final Draft
As Pamela tells it, the scene went from creation to big screen with very little edits.
Something that hardly ever happens- especially in a comedy.
I did mention how she’s a genius, right?
5. Panic Attacks and Possible Firing (Totally Normal feelings, right?)
When she submitted that first draft, she pretty much lay on the floor in a panic attack of self-doubt. I think it’s pretty safe to say that we’ve all had that moment at least once in our lives!
Pamela was afraid she’d be blasted or even worse, fired, for gently poking fun at Disney itself.
As they say, big risks come with big rewards. (And this movie is BIG, yo!)
6. The Scene Was Written in Secrecy
In the end, the decision was made by director Rich Moore to just run with it. And tell NO ONE what the writers had planned.
The team drafted it, put it on the storyboards, and decided that it was a scene that couldn’t be explained; Disney would just have to see it to get it.
Or not. Gulp.
It was finally time for the first screening.
PR: Again- we told nobody about this scene. There were a couple hundred people in the audience, many of them are the directors of these original films who do not know.
To say we’re nervous is an understatement; I believe I watched the scene through my hands, just waiting for the sound that you know it would be ok.
They applauded at (spoiler should go here so I’m leaving it out!) and we were like, ok. It worked.
And it got very big very quickly. Let’s take this to D23, to the fans it was created lovingly for.
7. Getting the Royal Assist from the OG Princesses
A fun fact revealed at D23 Expo: all the original Disney Princesses were back in their iconic roles.
And all of them brought their own special touches to the scene. Each one had a hand in how their character would move, what they would say, and how they would react.
PR: Oh, absolutely. They all added to it.
It was so funny to watch them (mimes Princessey behavior) and some of that is who they are.
It’s surreal- you’re almost meeting two people at the same time.
8. Zero Chill Over Meeting This One Princess
We wondered how it felt to be making this film with so many amazing Disney icons and if there were any Princesses that had her geeking out.
And there was one: the Princess Pamela wanted to meet the most was an Amazon Princess.
AKA Wonder Woman. AKA Gal Gadot, voice of Shank.
PR: I was so nervous to meet Gal. (laughs and puts on a giggly voice)
I was nervous to meet Wonder Woman! She’s really super cool, and so pretty, and so nice too.
She was complimenting the Princess scene and I was like… awwwweee… there was just no cool!
9. What Rapunzel’s Shirt Should Have Said
There were meeting after meeting over the Disney Princess comfy clothes and discussions over what the shirts should say.
Rapunzel ended up with, “We?ve got a dream, the Snuggly Ducklings,” but Pamela was pulling for something else.
PR: We had so many meetings that were just pitches, we never had a hard time to find someone to come to this meeting.
Puns- so many puns, you guys! I really wanted Rapunzel’s t-shirt to say Long Hair, Don’t Care.
Go ahead and laugh, because it’s hilarious.
Judging by the reaction in the room when she told us this story, it was the clear winner. Next time, Disney, next time!
10. They Went To Disneyland
Which makes total sense when you think about it.
You have a whole squad of Disney Princesses just down the road in Anaheim, so of course, you’d check in with them!
This is where they originally learned about the movements and mannerisms of the Princesses before putting them to 3D animation.
11. Mirrored Original Princess Scenes
This is a tidbit that made my Disney-loving nerdy heart soar.
If you watch the Ralph Breaks the Internet Princess scene closely, you’ll see it too. Many of the Princess mannerisms, looks, pauses, moments… whatever you want to call them should bring to mind moments from the original movies.
Some will be more obvious than others, but I know you guys will find them all! I expect a report back from my Disney friends.
12. Pamela’s Not Dave Chappelle
Her words, not mine.
Maybe not, but man, she is funny and I think you can totally put her right up there in that level of comic genius.
Since I’ve been living off this moment for 18 months, I asked about the reaction at D23 Expo.
How did it feel to witness the explosion that happened in the hall at D23 Expo when her scene was first revealed?
She asked if I heard the woman scream like Oprah was giving out cars?
Um. That might have been me. I dunno- I’m not saying it was, but I can be pretty loud, and I was pretty much into this moment.
PR: I love that sound. First of all, nobody gets to hear 8,000 people laugh at their jokes. I’m not Dave Chappelle.
We were just so proud of that moment because I think there’s that feeling when people have true joy that comes out – that sound that comes from surprise, and joy and wonder.
Oh my gosh, how amazing was that to make like one of those moments. But this thing – people were like WHAT?! It’s still happening! This scene is still happening!
I feel it too. Every time I watch it, I think, I can’t believe we’re getting away with this!
I, speaking for the whole Disney Princess fandom, am so glad you did!
Pamela Ribon Ralph Breaks the Internet Interview Video
Give this interview with screenwriter Pamela Ribon a watch. She’s FUNNY, guys!
Plus you can really get a feel for how this movie/scene came together in her own voice.
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)