This Holiday Wish Guide™ feature is presented by Entertainment Earth in collaboration with The Rock Father™...
With Walt Disney Animation Studios' Ralph Breaks the Internet now in theaters, it's time to take a look at what will no-doubt be some very wished-for items that kids will be looking for this holiday season. I'm talking of course, about the toys - and from Bandai America comes a full assortment of fantastic toys featuring Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz and many of their on-screen friends. As I began putting this feature together, my friends at Entertainment Earth sent over the Wave One Action Figures and the Slaughter Race Vehicle for some hands-on time in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father™ HQ. All official Holiday Wish Guide™ picks, let's take a look at those and more!
As Walt Disney Animation Studios prepares to open Ralph Breaks the Internet in theaters around the world, one of the most anticipated moments is one that's been buzzed-about for months - "the Princess scene." Officially the "Oh My Disney" segment, I happened to have seen some of it months before the majority of the public as I was in attendance at the D23 Expo in Anaheim last year. If to "break the internet" really "is a thing," those packed into the famed Hall D23 saw it happen in person as all the living Disney Princesses gathered in one room and took to the stage following the first-ever look at the unfinished Princess scene (at the time a mix of finished animation and hand-drawn animatics filling the gaps). Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”) were joined by Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz in "Wreck-It Ralph") and directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston to bask in the glory of what they'd just unleashed - the buzziest of buzz clips, but one the general public wouldn't see for months. And somehow C-3PO and R2-D2 where there, too.
Not long ago, on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, I had a chance to take a look at a nice chunk of footage from Walt Disney Animation Studios' 57th feature, Ralph Breaks the Internet. Given the long development and production time required for an animated feature on this scale, the follow-up to 2012's Wreck-It Ralph is an unusually timely story that arrives just as retro gaming is reaching its peak as we enter a holiday season where some of this year's must-have gifts are firmly-rooted in a simpler time with an arcade past. Just as real-life gamers are longing to go back in time, Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) are headed for the future... but the future is now. From Litwak's Arcade to the internet, the creative team behind the film had a huge task ahead of them in order to build and populate a digital world that could have believably been expanding for decades.
Taking a look at the just-announced voice cast for the much-anticipated KINGDOM HEARTS III, you'd think that Square Enix was crafting a feature film instead of a video game. For the new game (out January 29, 2019), they've managed to bring together an all-star cast of talent to reprise the roles that they've made famous in films from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney•Pixar. Check out the full list of talent below...
It was nearly three years ago that I'd first met up with Director Rich Moore and Producer Clark Spencer on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California. It was then, on a detour from working the Global Media Event for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that I had a chance to join them (along with Director Byron Howard) to take an early look at what was shaping up to be the 55th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios - Zootopia. Fast-forward to July 2018 and I was back in a screening room on the Disney lot, but this time it was with Moore, Spencer and Director/Writer Phil Johnston for a sneak-preview of work-in-progress footage from the 57th Disney Animation feature, Ralph Breaks the Internet. Set for release on November 21, 2018, the crew was working feverishly as they entered the home stretch and as always, the collaborative efforts of team was showing as they continue to shape these films until they finally have to escape.
This November, the long-awaited sequel to Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph arrives in theaters with the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet. Today comes the release of the final full trailer for the film alongside the theatrical poster. Check 'em out below, and stay tuned for some Ralph Breaks the Internet special features here on The Rock Father™ Magazine - including one that will arrive later today!