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Disney princesses are body-positive in Wreck-It Ralph sequel image

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Aug 10, 2018

Disney really reached into the vaults to populate Wreck-It Ralph’s sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, with all the princesses that fans have come to know and love from the lauded animation giant. Only here they’re being updated in both look and philosophy. A nice group of modern princesses, who wear what they want and actually look like people. At least, that’s the goal of the latest image Disney’s released from the film.

Star Sarah Silverman, who voices rambunctious troublemaker/princess Vanellope von Schweetz in the films, weighed in on the princesses’ casual update.

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“I’m so proud to help usher in a new era where a Disney princess can wear comfortable clothes and have attainable waistline,” Silverman tweeted.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Silverman went a bit more in depth. “I’m very proud of my character being a Disney princess with a human waist. I love that she is a princess but wears, like, a hoodie, and she inspires them all to wear comfortable clothes,” Silverman said. Role models for young girls have long since been set on pedestals and seemed completely unrealistic — and the film is trying to address that.

Co-director Rich Moore said that the original versions of the princesses “felt like they were frozen in another time that made it hard for me to kind of identify with or understand them.” So putting them in the updated, casual scene added “a facet to them that makes them feel like real people.” Flannels and letter jackets and poison apple-branded graphic T-shirts — yeah, that’s about as real as it gets.

And even though they’re animated, sticking to a more grounded representation of the human body can only make the fashion choices a more salient statement on the relatability of the princesses.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 reinvents the modern Disney princesses on Nov. 21.