RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Taraji P. Henson Checks One Off Her Bucket List

THE FILM

Ralph Breaks the Internet is an animated film with a strong supporting cast.  Ralph and Vanellope make dozens of new friends on their first trip to the Internet.  Taraji P. Henson plays Yesss, a lively algorithm that determines the trending videos on the popular streaming site BuzzTube.  Jack McBryer is back as Fix-It Felix Jr.  And writer Pamela Ribon takes on the role of Disney’s Snow White.

YESSS in RALPH BREAKS IN THE INTERNET

Taraji P. Henson is a celebrated actor and singer who has appeared in movies such as Hustle & Flow, Date Night, and Hidden Figures.  She also played Detective Jocelyn Carter for two seasons on CBS’s Person of Interest and now stars as Cookie Lyon on Fox’s Empire.

When asked what it was like to play Yesss, Henson said, “First of all, voicing a character in a Disney animated film, check. Bucket List, thank you. I just thought she was incredible. I mean, when Rich and Phil brought her to me and explained her, I was like, ‘This is a no brainer.’ She’s a go getter. She’s the head of a company. She’s no nonsense. She has heart. My favorite scene is when Ralph finds himself in the comment section or the comment room. She comes in and she tells him, ‘It’s not you, it’s them.’ They’re mean. They’re hurt, so they’re hurting you. It grounded the film for me and it grounded the character for me. Made her multi-dimensional. And then getting to voice with amazing actors. I mean, it was just a no brainer for me.”

FELIX AND CALHOUN

Jack McBrayer is an actor and comedian who has appeared in multiple films and television shows.  He is probably best known for playing Kenneth the page on NBC’s 30 RockIn Ralph Breaks the Internet, McBrayer reprised his role of Fix-It Felix Jr.  In the previous film, Felix married space soldier Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun, played by Jane Lynch.  Now the couple become the foster parents of 15 pre-teen racers.

When asked about Felix’s new responsibility, McBrayer said, “We bit off way more than we could chew. And just due to the circumstances, Calhoun and Felix do bring in all of the kids from the racing game. And after a few years of marriage, they’ve experienced some tension and perhaps some stagnation. So, now they’re thrust into these new circumstances that really force them to not only evaluate how they feel about each other, but what their preconception of what parenthood could be is reality.”

SNOW WHITE AND THE DISNEY PRINCESSES

Pamela Ribon was a writer on Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Ralph Breaks the Internet.  She also got to be the new voice of Snow White in the film and worked beside most of the original voice actors for the Disney princesses.  Talking about the experience, Ribon said, “It was amazing to be able to work with all the original voice actresses. To come back and add everything that they bring to the characters. And what a dream come true to have Vanellope Von Schweetz now officially part of the canon. Which was the whole point the whole time. The hoody princess reigns supreme.”

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