Ralph Breaks More Than the Internet: Taking On Princess Stereotypes
One surefire, family movie hit reaches the screens on November 21, and it brings together an epic gathering of some of pop culture’s most treasured stars. Ralph Breaks the Internet will appease the nostalgia-loving crowd, but also might set the cinematic record for cameos, with appearances from Dumbo, The Muppets, Eeyore, Star Wars characters, Iron Man, Gamora, various cartoon sidekicks and all 14 Disney Princesses.
Having all those personalities together will be beyond incredible, but joining those princesses simultaneously is the real prize. For starters, it’s hard to fathom how director Rich Moore pulled off such an incredible casting triumph; all of the original princess voice actors will return for this impressive, first-ever assembly, save for the three older-filmed princesses (Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella) who will naturally be voiced by new performers.
Another achievement is for what happens when the princesses meet hero Vanellope. There, the perky, pint-sized girl from the original film will reveal that she’s technically royalty. More than a gratuitous appearance, the princesses will follow Vanellope’s hoodie-wearing lead and eventually don more comfortable clothes – not dresses – as they gather for some quality girl time.
It will be quite a sight seeing these famous royalties in ordinary t-shirts and sleepwear.
In fact, seeing these princesses in their non-frilly dress attire will be not only surprising but necessary. There they’ll challenge our traditional, dated, movie-fed view of princesses with a more modern, egalitarian-driven approach. Not all princesses need gowns. Not all princesses wear pink. Not all princesses need perfect, long hair. Not all princesses need to be saved.
I live in a home where princess dress-up outfits are commonplace. I love seeing our daughters wear their gowns, twirl their outfits, and dream like their movie heroines. The cuteness, beauty, and sparkling side of princess-life is great. I’m all for it, and that side of a princess is fantastic. I’m just glad that, thanks to more modern takes on what a princess can be (the most recent being Moana), they now have alternative views beyond the picture-perfect, blond-haired damsel in distress.
If Ralph can break the Internet, then one princess alone could shatter stereotypes that – while they certainly have their place – make room for new attitudes of what princesses are all about. Yes, one princess in this movie would be enough, but it’s hard to fathom what will happen when all 14 are gathered together.
If you have a little princess of your own, this just might be the movie for her.