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The following contains minor spoilers for Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Ralph Breaks the Internet has a lot of fun at the expense of the Disney brand, as we see many corners of the massive studio make appearances, including the famous Disney Princesses. Music has always been a key component of Disney Princess movies and over the last few decades most of that music has been the creation of the great Alan Menken. The newest Disney Princess to sing an Alan Menken song is Venellope Von Schweetz herself in the new movie. Our own Eric Eisenberg asked Sarah Silverman what it was like to sing an Alan Menken song for a Disney movie, and as you can imagine, it was a dream come true. According to Silverman.
I have very few, like, dreams, but that was definitely one. It didn't even occur to me that it was a possibility. And then, when they said it was happening, I just, I couldn't... You know Alan Menken has not just written so many iconic Disney songs, but, my favorite musical, Little Shop of Horrors. I mean, it's insane. And getting to work with him, record with the giant orchestra was like from an old-timey movie.
While exploring the internet in Ralph Breaks the Internet Vanellope Von Schweetz comes across the internet hub of all things Disney where she meets the classic Disney Princesses from Snow White through Moana. The scene has a lot of fun with the characters and the tropes that Disney has created over the years, including the characters' tendency to sing deeply heartfelt songs about their greatest desires. As a princess herself, Vanellope tries to do the same, and she's eventually successful, singing a song called "A Place Called Slaughter Race."
The song is meant to be funnier than your average Disney Princess "I want" song, that's how Ralph Breaks the Internet rolls, after all. However, in the end, it's a Disney Princess singing a song about what she wants most in the world, which means it belongs right up there with Disney classics written by Alan Menken like "Part of Your World" or "When Will My Life Begin?"
The Disney related content is some of the funniest material in Ralph Breaks the Internet, especially if you're a Disney fan who's willing to laugh a little bit at the history of your favorite film studio. You get all your favorite Disney Princesses while also being able to laugh at the way Disney has handled those princesses over the years. You get to laugh a bit at the expense of Disney music, while still getting another great Disney song. It's sort of the perfect combination.