In the run-up to Ralph Breaks The Internet, no sequence has been more hyped than Vanellope meeting the classic Disney Princesses. Details of the scene were first revealed during the D23 Expo in 2017, with the news that most of the original voice actors would be returning, and audiences even got their first glimpse this past summer with the film's second trailer. Still, there has been a prevalent question about the premise, with fans wondering why Princess Leia isn't included in the grouping, but co-director Rich Moore has a very straight-forward explanation for the choice:
A few weeks back I joined a group of journalists on a visit to Walt Disney Animation Studios to witness the goings-on behind the making of Ralph Breaks The Internet, and it was during a question and answer session with co-directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, and producer Clark Spencer that the subject of Princess Leia came up. According to Moore, there isn't any super specific reason why the Rebel/Resistance leader isn't featured in the scene beyond the idea that there kind of is an "official" list of Disney Princesses and that she's not on it.
So how is that list determined? That wasn't made entirely clear -- though co-writer Pamela Ribon (who also voices Snow White in the movie) had her own thoughts on the question later in the day during a presentation specifically about the Disney Princess scene. In her mind the classification is primarily reserved for those characters born at Walt Disney Animation, which Princess Leia wasn't, and added a special extra caveat involving Disney's theme parks. Said Ribon,
For those who don't know about the scene, in Ralph Breaks The Internet Vanellope is being pursued while visiting the website OhMyDisney.com when she winds up in the dressing room of the Disney Princesses -- including Jasmine, Snow White, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Elsa, Anna, Moana, Belle, Rapunzel, Tiana, Merida and Sleeping Beauty. Not only is the little gamer girl from Sugar Rush able to connect with them because she is a princess too, but also because her acts of heroism and badassery are overshadowed by the presence of a big strong man. Before long they're all hanging out in their pajamas and chatting like old friends. And while Princess Leia isn't counted among them, Star Wars does get a bit of inclusion as it's C-3PO who eventually comes in the room to break up the party and announce that the Princesses' next performance is about to begin.
You can actually watch a good chunk of the scene right now by clicking play on the Ralph Breaks The Internet trailer below:
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