During my visit to LA for #DisneyMoviesEvent I had enjoyed a Wreck-It Ralph Press Day at Disney Animation Studios in Burbank. 25 bloggers pulled up in 2 shuttles and unloaded bright and early. This was a full day, chock-full of unique and fun once in a lifetime experiences. I’ll go into more details as the weeks progress, but for now, here is a basic rundown of my amazing day.
The very first thing we did was screen Wreck-It Ralph. Before the movie started the Director Rich Moore, and Producer Clark Spencer came in to introduce themselves. It was pretty cool getting to meet them before we watched their film. Wreck-It Ralph was amazing, look for my movie review next month. Since we watched the movie before the release date it wasn’t completely finished. Towards the end of the movie there were some scenes that were dark. I thought it was neat. Rich Moore told us that at Disney they never really finish a movie, they just release it. We all laughed, apparently they work up to the very last day. That’s why an end date is so important to them.
After we watched Wreck-It Ralph we broke off into two groups and had a Q&A with both the Director and Producer. My interview will be live toward the end of the month, so stay tune. Rich Moore and Clark Spencer were really fun to talk to, you can tell how passionate they feel about Wreck-It Ralph, it’s clear by the way they talk about the film and the process. After our interview we got to check out the animated short that will be featured before Wreck-It Ralph. The Producer of Paperman, Kristina Reed chatted with us before and after we screened her short. All I can say is prepare yourself for greatness. I really enjoyed watching it and I’m sure you will too.
We all enjoyed an amazing lunch out on the terrace. I think a lot of us ate fast because we were all eager to get inside to start our Sugar Rush race car competition. We got to make race cars out of candy, cookies, and frosting. Check out the long table, every thing you could image was laid out for us. I’ll reveal who the lucky winner was soon, here’s a hint, it definitely wasn’t me. Mike Gabriel, the Art Director for Wreck-It Ralph was the judge. How cool is that? A lot of workers were coming up and taking photos of our race cars to share on their internal website. I really hope they didn’t share a photo of mine.
After our sugar-high, I mean Sugar Rush race car competition we started our filmmaker presentations, including a voice demonstration inside a real recording booth, a lesson on animated acting and a tutorial on how to draw animated. I’ll share a video of me in the recording booth next week, prepare to laugh, it’s very amusing.
I still can’t believe that the Head of Animation on Wreck-It Ralph, Renato dos Anjos took time out of his busy schedule to show us how to draw Ralph’s gigantic hands and Vanellope von Schweetz. Renato was so encouraging and nice. Animator Kira Lehtomaki showed us the ins and outs of animated a scene using her computer. Now I know what scene she animated and I’ll always enjoy that scene in Wreck-It Ralph just a little more now that I know what goes into making it.
For our last Wreck-It Ralph related activity we met with Art Director Mike Gabriel and Visual Development Artist Lorelay Bove. It’s unreal how much research went into Wreck-It Ralph. I was most interested in learning about Sugar Rush, the inspiration for the architecture came from where Lorelay Bove grew up in Spain. The candy and the colors seen in Sugar Rush were inspired from Japanese candy.
Towards the end of the day Marshall treated us to drinks and frozen yogurt and we walked across the road via a really cool bridge to the old Disney Animation Building. Classics such as Bambi, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were created here. After our group photo we watched Monsters, Inc 3D. See this building below? Remember it because Saving Mr. Banks will be filming in and around this building very soon. I’ll let you know how I liked Monsters, Inc. 3D in December.
Did you know Disney has its own Walk of Fame?
Remember, Wreck-It Ralph smashes into theaters everywhere on November 2nd!! Bring the entire family to see it.
Disclosure: Disney provided me with a trip to LA in return for my honest review on the movies and events mentioned above. All expenses were paid by Disney and no other compensation was given. All experiences and opinions are 100% my own.