Previously, I reported on the situation with the Wreck It Ralph sequel, and Lucasfilm’s reluctance to allow a comedic lampooning of their villain, Kylo Ren.
“At one point we had a joke about Kylo Ren being kind of a spoiled child,” laughs Moore. “We went to Lucasfilm and said, here’s what we’re doing. And they said, well, we’d prefer that you don’t show him as a spoiled child. You know, he is our villain, and we’d prefer you don’t do that. So we were respectful of that.”
It’s just part of the process, the filmmakers explain, but also the whole point of including beloved and familiar Disney characters in Ralph Breaks the Internet is to “honor who these characters are” and be appropriate to their history while taking “playful jabs.” Like C-3PO being the butler to the princesses, for example. That “felt like that’s of his character,” says Johnston. “It’s really loving satire that we’re doing.”
Well, starwars.com writer GeekGirlDiva has some stern words for Rich Moore:
Catching up on this brouhaha about Disney not “allowing” Ralph Breaks The Internet to make a joke about Kylo Ren. Here’s my read on this.
1) Rich Moore asked. Lucasfilm said they’d prefer they didn’t. No one issued a C & D or did anything nasty. No one got sued. pic.twitter.com/79WW7RVHwx
— Geek Ghoul Diva 👻 (@geekgirldiva) October 22, 2018
1) Rich didn’t say that Lucasfilm got nasty with a cease and desist order, nor did he claim that anyone was sued.
2) RBTI is for kids who see Kylo as a villain. Satirizing Kylo there is different than SNL.
3) Lucasfilm has the right to protect their IP. They made the decision. Not Disney.
4) The headlines make you click.
p.s. I prefer IGN’s headline. https://t.co/gEY8Juu0g1
— Geek Ghoul Diva (@geekgirldiva) October 22, 2018
3) How is frowning upon a satire of Kylo Ren protecting the IP?
4) That’s the entire point of headlines.