Imagine Dragons drops catchy soundtrack 'Zero' from Disney's 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'
'Ralph Breaks the Internet' is a story about the struggling, yet evolving friendship between video-game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz
Imagine Dragons just dropped the end-credit score 'Zero', written and recorded for Disney's upcoming film 'Ralph Breaks the Internet.' The Grammy Award-winning band, best known for their hits 'Natural' and 'Whatever It Takes', recorded the soundtrack which will be featured on the upcoming Walt Disney Records album. The song was made available on Wednesday from KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. It was just featured as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1. The 'Zero' lyric video also debuts on Wednesday — check it out here.
Imagine Dragons was formed in 2009, featuring lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. The band earned a grassroots-following by independently releasing a series of EPs and made its major-label debut with the release of 'Continued Silence', a 2012 EP featuring the 2x platinum breakthrough single 'It's Time.' The album's second single, the 10x-platinum 'Radioactive,' was hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rock chart and earned the band a 2014 Grammy for best rock performance.
The film is a sequel to the 2012 film 'Wreck-It Ralph' and was officially initially titled - 'Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph's 2'. However, in July 2018, Disney removed Wreck-it Ralph 2 from the original title. 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' stars John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, Taraji P. Henson as Yesss, Gal Gadot as Shank, and many others.
According to Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds, the film’s emotional themes are reflected in the song 'Zero'. Speaking of which he said: “It's a pretty timely movie in a lot of ways in that it addresses some of the issues of identity and loneliness unique to this internet generation,' and added that “Ralph's internal struggle for self-acceptance really resonated with us, and this song speaks to that.”
“The song is a dichotomy in some ways, with sometimes heavy lyrics over pretty upbeat instrumentation. The result is a tone that is somewhat bittersweet, which felt appropriate given the complexity of Ralph as a character," he also said.
Film director Rich Moore expanded on this saying, "It’s a bold choice for an end-credit song because it’s about someone who feels like a zero, someone who hasn’t always felt worthy, someone who’s allowed his entire sense of self to rely on a single friendship. When that friendship is threatened, there’s a lot of insecurity.”
“We can all relate to that feeling,” adds co-director Phil Johnston. “But the song tells us we’re not alone. They nailed the theme of the movie in a way that also makes you want to dance," he adds.
Check out 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' official trailer here:
The official trailer, which shows Vanellope von Schweetz meeting a roster of Disney princesses, including Cinderella, Mulan and Moana faced criticism over Princess Tiana, Disney’s first black princess; her appearance in particular. Fans alleged that Princess Tiana's appearance isn’t properly representing black women. A fan wrote on Twitter: “Y’all don’t understand how important Princess Tiana is to Black girls,' said one Twitter user.
“We finally had a Disney princess that looked like us, and now, she doesn’t. They gave her Eurocentric features and turned her into a racially ambiguous woman. It’s a no from me, dawg," another user tweeted.
Y’all don’t understand how important Princess Tiana is to Black girls. We finally had a Disney princess that looked like us, and now, she doesn’t. They gave her Eurocentric features and turned her into a racially ambiguous woman. It’s a no from me, dawg.— E-Money 🤑 (@imanimlewis) August 10, 2018
All in all this is what I feel a more culturally accurate Tiana should look like in the photo. pic.twitter.com/KkSpSzxrPG— Taylor Goethe (@InspectorNerd) August 10, 2018
The plotline of the film revolves around the evolving friendship between video-game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz, as they leave the comforts of the arcade in an attempt to save her game - Sugar Rush. Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' opens in US theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.