This past Monday I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of a presentation and to interview Jorge E. Ruiz-Cano. Jorge you might be wondering, is one of the key character animators of the new film Ralph Breaks the Internet being released this Thanksgiving. He gave a wonderful presentation about his journey to get to this point and what he is most proud of in his life. He is a wonderful and fascinating individual who made all of us feel comfortable and enthralled with his dynamic personality.
When the presentation first began, he burst into the room full of energy speaking nothing but Spanish. While I loved his entrance, I do not speak Spanish, so it worried me at first. He quickly found out that I was the only one in the room who did not speak the language and he quickly switched for me, but not without poking some light-hearted fun. He busted my chops about it throughout the duration of the presentation and I sent it right back, so it was fun to have that dynamic with him.
Jorge was born in Caracas, Venezuela and was raised in Maracay in the heart of the Caribbean. He then went to the States to learn English and study law but decided partway through that art drew to him the most, so he switched from there. He then went to school to learn animation at many schools including the Art Institute. After graduating, he bounced around many different animation departments including Industrial Light and Magic, Blue Sky Studios, Electronic Arts, TellTale, Activision, and Pixar before now ending up at Disney Animation Studios after being selected for a special program. His other credits at Disney include Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, and now Ralph Breaks the Internet. While working there he also teaches at California Institute of Arts for the past five years.
Jorge gave a wonderful presentation showing how animation comes to life and showing some clips of the new film and others he has worked on. He is also working on something very experimental and boundary pushing coming over at Disney that cannot quite be talked about yet but when it is released it will blow your mind. You can find my quick interview with him on YouTube on the CineSportsTalk page as well as pictures on Facebook. Ralph Breaks the Internet is a wonderful film and will be released this Thanksgiving for everyone to enjoy.