Why that Disney princess moment matters in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

Sarah Silverman takes her job as a Disney princess pretty seriously.

“You know, I try not to be a (jerk),” laughs the actress, who reprises her “Wreck-It Ralph” role in the animated sequel “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (in theaters Wednesday).

Vanellope von Schweetz travels from the arcade to the World Wide Web with best friend Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) seeking a replacement part for her “Sugar Rush” game, a colorful candy-coated land where she was revealed to be a princess at the end of the 2012’s original “Wreck-It Ralph.” This time around, she runs into a whole bevy of other cartoon royalty, from Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) of “Frozen” to Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Moana (Auli’i Cravalho). 

But a fun little “What if?” meetup in cyberspace concocted by writer/directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston turned into much more. Vanellope teaches her gown-wearing, costume-clad counterparts to let loose a little with hoodies and sweats in the process of figuring out her own path toward self-discovery, while the filmmakers also learned a lesson in racial representation.

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