Ralph: Volum3 (pronounced as Ralph: Volume 3, full name as Wreck-It Ralph: Volume 3) is an upcoming 2020 live-action/computer-animated action-adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, co-directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, and produced by Ed-Olive Chadwick.
It serves as a direct continuation of Ralph Breaks the Internet and the third film in the Wreck-It Ralph film series.
The film is produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Disney Animation Studios, Chadvice Studios, Mandeville Films, and Lord/Miller Productions, and it takes a different turn, as it is a live-action/animated hybrid instead of a fully animated movie.
It is scheduled to be released on October 1st, 2020 in 2D, 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D by ABC Circle Films.
As Vanellope leaves her best friend Ralph, trouble looms for the duo as the Wreck-It Ralph virus, now known as Ralphzilla, was created to put all of gaming, the internet, and the Earth on the brinks of chaos and collapse. As it's only better for Ralph and Vanellope to pair up again, they do it and go on a very treacherous journey to all of gaming, the internet, and Earth to wipe out every single part of the virus, taking them through places that they have never seen before, which consist of New York City, Las Vegas, Miami, Ohio, Columbus, and Los Angeles.
Along the way, the trio team up with a boy on their journey, and explore online gaming and console gaming.
NOTE: Save for Bryce, who is live-action, all of the characters are CGI.
- John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph, the main antagonist of Fix-It Felix Jr., the best friend of Vanellope, and the main protagonist of the movie, who is a gigantic, but soft-hearted man.
- Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a glitchy racer who is the former main protagonist of Sugar Rush and a character from Slaughter Race.
- Ty Simpkins as Bryce Jameson, a boy who befriends Ralph and Vanellope.
The CGI animation for the film was provided by Reel FX Animation Studios, with the characters being redesigned. The animation was provided by the same team behind the Matthew O'Callaghan-directed Looney Tunes shorts, alongside many other people, meaning that the redesigns of the characters adds realistic hair/fur/skin, depending on the species of a character. However, the video game characters aren't redesigned (this also includes the cameos, except for some).
Lord and Miller wanted to make the film look like if people were in a hyper-realistic video game, meaning that the way the film moves is differently to a normal film and similar to a video game.
For the animation, it combines Reel FX's casual in-house animation with video game animation techniques.
The animation that takes place in the arcade has the game screens of 8-bit games animated and rendered to look like they are physically 8-bit, while also combining it with smooth animation techniques.
The film required over 2000 people to animate, which is one of the largest crew numbers ever used by Disney.
The visual effects for the film were created by the Moving Picture Company and Framestore, and provided by the same team behind The Jungle Book and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Mr. Litwak and the kids at the arcade were animated with photorealistic CGI. Lord and Miller chose this, so it could be much easier filming. The arcade machines and the arcade itself were created with visual effects, to blend in with the live-action environment.
Henry Jackman, who composed the music for the first two films, returned to work on most of the music for the film, alongside Daniel Pemberton, who composed the music for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Principal photography began on August 12th, 2019 at New York City, where the arcade is located. Filming was later done in Las Vegas, Miami, Ohio, Columbus, and Los Angeles. Principal photography lasted until November 24th.
Some of the filming was done at Shepperton Studios and Warner Bros. Studios in England.
Popular culture cameos and references
As with the first two movies, Ralph: Volum3 has references to pop culture, games, and various Disney properties, including their own films, Pixar films, 20th Century Fox films, and the Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and The Muppets franchises.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, the Seven Dwarfs, Clarabelle Cow, Dumbo, Humphrey the Bear, Panchito Pistoles, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Scrooge McDuck, Tinker Bell, Nick Wilde, Heihei, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hiro, Baymax, C-3PO, R2-D2, First Order Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, Tron, Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Maggie Simpson, Scrat, Iron Man, Hulk, Thanos, Captain America, Kermit the Frog, EVE, Judy Hopps, Rocket Raccoon, Baby Groot, Jack Skellington, and all of the Disney Princesses appear in the film.
In addition, the film also includes six non-Disney characters, which have much bigger roles. They are Ronald McDonald, SpongeBob, the Minions, and Cozmo, who are voiced by Bill Hader, Tom Kenny (reprising his role), Pierre Coffin (also reprising his triple role), and Kath Soucie.
The video game characters from the first and second movies, such as Q*Bert, Pac-Man, Clyde, Inky, Taizo Hori, Ken Masters, Chun-Li, Ryu, Zangief, M. Bison, Peter Pepper, Frogger, Tapper, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, Bowser, and Dr. Eggman reappeared with new additions: Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Rayman, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Kirby, Steve, Creeper, Sheep, Noob, Builderman, some of the Fortnite first-class characters (including Sergeant and First Shot), Supply Llamas, Miis, Red, Chuck, Bomb, and the Rabbids.
A character based on Walt Disney appears as a cameo, talking to Panchito Pistoles in one scene, and Stan Lee makes a posthumous cameo, giving Hulk his pants that were stolen by an unidentified robber.
Fortnite and its battle royale mode are seen in the film, along with a Roblox gameplay. The Fortnite gameplay includes characters that are doing the game's flagship dances.
- This is one of the films where Walt Disney Animation Studios is now known as Disney Animation Studios.