Actors Paige O’Hara (Belle), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz, Kristen Bell (Anna), Kelly Macdonald (Merida), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Linda Larkin (Jasmine) and Jodi Benson (Ariel) all got together for the first time on the D23 stage. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images for Disney)
ANAHEIM, Calif. — What would happen if Jasmine, Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella and Pocahontas came together? It turns out, they would complain about how their moms are dead and how everyone “assumes all of your problems got solved because a big, stupid strong man stepped in.”
At least that’s what happens in a scene from Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2 (out Nov. 21, 2018), which Pixar/Disney unveiled at Disney fan convention D23 Friday.
In the ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ sequel, Vanellope encounters a number of Disney princesses in a scene revealed at D23. (Photo: Walt Disney Animation Studios)
In the clip, Wreck It Ralph heroes Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and Ralph (John C. Reilly) travel through the Internet, and encounter the Oh My Disney fan site. (They also run into a new character called Yesss, voiced by Taraji P. Henson.) While there, the adorable computer glitch Vanellope stumbles upon a dressing room filled with every Disney princess in recent memory, including Mulan, Snow White, Brave’s Merida, Frozen‘s Elsa and Moana (who, yes, declared in her eponymous film that she’s “not a princess,” but she’s in the group).
They all look like themselves, but in the Wreck-it Ralph realistic/retro animation style. And they’re all so funny.
Vanellope clashes with the seemingly prim and proper Disney royalty. But the women open up to her once they learn that although Vanellope hasn’t made “a deal with an underwater sea witch” and wasn’t “kidnapped or enslaved,” she still has problems of her own.
The princesses then start to realize that they should adapt Vanellope’s casual, colorful street-style in place of their uncomfortable skirts and dresses. So, the crew changes into comfy T-shirts and shorts, with Elsa’s looking like a Nike shirt emblazoned with the words “Just let it go.”
“I always thought princesses were perfect and boring,” says Vanellope. Merida says something that sounds insightful, but no one understands her.
“She’s from the other studio,” says another princess, in a very insider joke about Pixar Animation Studios. The crowd cracked up.
You know who also got a kick out of the clip? Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Kristen Bell (Anna), Kelly Macdonald (Merida), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana, who sang at an earlier D23 event), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas) and Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), who were all at the Anaheim Convention Center to present the clip. And they all lent their voices to the Wreck It sequel scene.
“This is the first time we’ve all been in the same room,” Moore told USA TODAY backstage at the Disney/Pixar animation event. O’Hara added, “Jodi Benson and I have known each other for 40 years, but this is a one-of-a-kind time where they have 9 princesses together (onscreen). It’s historical.”
Silverman, who introduced the clip, said, “I was very cool about (being in the princess group). Then, when we were all onstage, it was, dare I say, magical.”
Contributing: Sophia Tulp in Anaheim, Calif.
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