With only a few weeks to go until we get to see
Luckily, we got invited to the Disney Animation Studios in Burbank to explore the world of
The woman who came up with the satirical scene that plays with a lot of our expectations of the ridiculously well known Disney royalty was Pamela Ribon, the co-writer of
It was an idea that Ribon had been playing with for a while. “I was thinking, ‘Why isn’t Vanellope canon?’ I mean she’s a princess and also a president–I believe a woman can have more than one title!” Ribon laughed. “So I was thinkin that out of all the princesses, Vanellope is me. I’m the one wearing a hoodie; I love my comfy clothes. So I just had this idea in the back of my head, and when we all got back together after
Ribon went home with that idea and it began to grow into something that would soon become viral and break the internet before the film even came out. “I was thinking of all these different tropes about princesses, so I called my friend Elise who I met on
As we all know it was a really, really big deal, with many fans finding the darker questions they’d asked in private suddenly thrown into the pastel-hued world of Disney. It wasn’t just the self-referential jokes that captured audiences attention though–it was those Disney Princess lounge outfits too. “We were all really curious because we thought, ‘What are they going to be wearing?'” Thompson shared. “We usually see them in dresses! So I remember one time we had a design that we called pajamas for princesses, but it was too relaxed so we decided to go with something a little more like Vanellope is wearing. Overall, we really, really enjoyed putting in a little bit of the details, like the princess shirts.”
Those super cute meta shirts which reference the princesses stories and personalities have become an instant hit online. We got to see all of the designs at the presentation and they’re all wonderful, from Sleeping Beauty’s Nap Queen to Elsa’s Just Let it Go to Rapunzel’s Snuggly Duckling commemorative shirt to Tiana’s NOLA tee to Ariel’s Gizmos Whatsits Snarf Blasters classic style to Moana’s #Shiny. Our favorite, though, is probably Snow White’s power move of wearing the poison apple that almost killed her right on her chest. Big Disney Energy.
One of the best things about the scene is the melding of old and new, and for co-head of animation Kira Lehtomaki it was all about making sure that the characters moved and behaved like their original iterations. “We actually had a Princess-Palooza Lab where we all got together to help build these princesses. We had modellers, riggers, simulation artists, and Ami all guiding the designs and sculpting of the hair choices,” Lehtomaki revealed.
Will you be breaking the internet with Ralph when the film drops on November 21, 2018? Can’t wait to get your own princess lounge tee? Just mad they didn’t include Kida or even Leia? Let us know below!