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There are animated pairs that thrive on chemistry. Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Dory (Ellen Degeneres). And in that category, we'd definitely put Wreck-it Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), the denizens of Disney's favorite arcade game. The pair is back on the big screen this week, and when interviewing Ralph Breaks The Internet star Sarah Silverman, she explained why it's so important that she and Reilly are able to record in the booth together, elaborating:
We always record together. ... John insisted on it, and I'm so grateful for that. Because it just makes a giant difference. We're looking in each other's eyes. We're actually reacting to what we're saying. We can improvise, and we can be loose. We can try to make each other laugh, and try to make each other cry. ... I just think it gives so much soul to it.
John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman first introduced the characters of Ralph and Vanellope in Wreck-it Ralph, a massive animated hit for Disney back in 2012. Animated sequels rarely happen at Walt Disney Studios (Pixar's more interested in continuing franchises), but audiences were so enamored with these two outcasts, so Ralph Breaks the Internet was conceived.
We've always kind of wondered why all vocal talents don't choose to record together. It's still a form of acting, and if you share a scene with a person, wouldn't you want to run through that scene, and all of its variations, together?
It likely comes down to timing. Animated movies take an eternity in production, and vocal talent can't come by on the regular to work out scenes as animation teams build worlds and sketch scenes. But it sounds like, for Ralph Breaks the Internet, the script was in such a place that John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman were able to record together, and that made all of the difference.
Here's Sarah Silverman, discussing their process on Ralph Breaks the Internet:
The Thanksgiving holiday is going to have some extra internet time built into it, and we don't mean Black Friday cyber sales. Disney opens Ralph Breaks the Internet on Wednesday, November 21. Do you plan on checking it out? Bring the whole family. It'll be a good time had by all.