That Time Disney Reminded Sarah Silverman Wreck-It Ralph Was A Kids Movie

Vanellope in Wreck-It Ralph
(Image credit: (Disney Animation))

Sarah Silverman has had an impressive career as a comedian, actress, writer and producer, but she's not exactly known to be family friendly. So when Disney Animation hired her to voice the role of Vanellope von Schweetz, they must have known that some of her hilariously off-color personality would come through somehow. Silverman recently admitted that during a press junket at Disneyland for Wreck-It Ralph in 2012, she was constantly reminded she was part of a movie for kids. After one interview, she said one Disney representative told her this:

[They] said 'Just to remind you again, this is a children's movie. In that interview you just said that Q*Bert does coke.'

In an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the comedian said she felt a bit insulted to be constantly drilled about the wholesome nature of her role as Vanellope, but looks like you can't completely filter Sarah Silverman. I mean that slip-up is an easy one to mend ('She was referring Coca-Cola! Ha!') and she didn't say it in the movie or in a public setting among children. Disney is a studio who aims to keep it PG for all its content and press around it, so that understandably made a few publicists sweat when the line slipped out.

During the recount of the uncensored slip-up between Sarah Silverman and Seth Meyers, he tried to make her feel better by agreeing that the arcade game character Q*Bert does have the nose for the stimulant, Silverman adding he is also constantly talking inaudibly. While this conversation clearly suits late night television than a Disney interview, Q*Bert is technically one of Silverman's co-stars and talking ill of him in interviews isn't to be taken lightly. I mean, he could press charges for defamation...

All jokes aside, Sarah Silverman's anecdote about her dealings with interviews for Disney is a hilarious one. Disney Animation casting Silverman as Vanellope and John C. Reilly as Ralph was a bold choice to make, since both leads usually joke about primarily joke about mature content in their previous work. Reilly is likely best known for his role in Step Brothers alongside Will Ferrell, though he did appear in Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. Casting the two actors does bring a sort of edge to the studio and additional audiences who are fans of them. Plus, Silverman and Reilly are perfect in their arcade game character's roles.

Just six years after Wreck-It Ralph, Sarah Silverman has the distinct honor of getting to reprise her character of Vanellope in the sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet. Not many Disney animated films have been given a sequel, so Silverman's slip-up looks to be water under the bridge. The upcoming film has Ralph and Vanellope venturing to the World Wide Web and hitting a bump in the road of their friendship, and it comes to theaters on November 21.

Sarah El-Mahmoud
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