Cast of Disney's 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' talk about showcasing insecurity and low self-esteem in the film
In a recent global press conference, the stars of the film gathered to answer questions about the film and talk about the evil of low self-esteem in Ralph.
Disney released 'Wreck it Ralph' in 2012 and now after six years, we see a sequel 'Ralph Broke the Internet' set to release. With the trailer of the film, we're sure that Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) and Wreck-it Ralph ( John C Reilly) are going to be on an adventure in the world of internet.
In the recent global press conference, the stars of the film gathered to answer the questions and one of the questions asked to the directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston was why did they decide to make this sequel at all. Moore shed light on an important topic of low self-esteem in his character Ralph and how he "is defining himself by what his best friend thinks."
Johnston added to this point and said, "And so knowing that he still had quite a bit of insecurity, he still had farther to go in his journey. Then we had only known Vanellope for like 35 minutes or 40 minutes. So she has a whole other story. We had to keep going with these characters."
The directors talked about the pressing issue of low self-esteem which according to them in a way could be solved in the world of internet, "A perfect place for a character who is insecure about himself," said Moore. The movie is not just about having a good time, but it also comments about the social issue on insecurity. The Internet might have its pros in making someone confident but it also has cons as it feeds on this insecurity. Johnston then talked about how he thought of weaving this social issue in the movie by conversing with his animators.
He said, "Our relationship to this technology, its power, and its effect on us, we don't even quite understand yet. It's as powerful as like a nuclear bomb. But it uses other means. So it was really exciting in the context of an entertaining Disney film to be able to talk about some of these issues in a really, really real way. Its effect on people. Why do we crave the anonymous acceptance of people we don't know? All of this stuff. The way we're bombarded with commerce on the Internet. So we made this fun entertaining story."
The actors did not shy away from this conversation and opened up about their insecurities with Jack McBrayer (voice of Felix) saying, "I'm wearing Spanx right now. I was worried about fitting in this suit." While Reilly talked about how he dealt with his insecurities and did not let them burden him.
"I've worked really hard not to let my insecurities slow me down. I think that's one of the important things every person in their life has to do is learn not to judge yourself and be kind to yourself inside of your own thoughts. But I do think I'm insecure about, probably because my mom said to me almost every time I left the house. She would say don't wear out your welcome. Where are you going? Oh, go over there. Don't wear out your welcome. Because I spent most of my day just wandering around the neighborhood going to different relatives houses," said Reilly.
The entire cast was clear on how they want to mold the kids and adults watching this movie. The directors talked about issues like depressions, anxiety, and bullying that would grow inside of a person.
Moore while talking about these issues talked about how he felt shame to talk about these things as kind: "Because I think like with depression, like with anxiety, with a lot of these issues, even bullying, there is a component that it's shameful and that we shouldn't talk about it. And I've got to keep it to myself. As a kid, when I would see a movie where I saw a character going through the same things that I was, it made me feel like okay, I'm not alone. I'm not crazy. I'm not a freak, the only person on earth feeling these things."
Looks like, this Disney film is not just about making you laugh, but to start a conversation especially among growing kids about personal insecurities. It was definitely more encouraging to see the cast talk openly about their insecurities and laugh it off. So, 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' holds a valuable lesson that can be learned when the film releases on November 21. So free your schedules and book your tickets and don't forget to take your kids.