Why Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot sing (an Alan Menken tune, no less!) in the ‘Ralph’ sequel

Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) explore the World Wide Web in "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2."

Sarah Silverman’s funny. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. But both strut their stuff as singers in “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” And on an Alan Menken tune, no less!

The animated “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel (in theaters now) centers on reformed video-game bad guy Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and his glitchy BFF Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) exploring online culture. Vanellope is the racing princess of her arcade game “Sugar Rush” but after she falls in love with the dystopian hot-rod landscape of the mobile game “Slaughter Race” – and finds inspiration through some fellow Disney princesses – she sings alongside tough gang leader Shank (Gal Gadot) about how this crazy environment might just be home in the Menken-penned “A Place Called Slaughter Race.” 

Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly, left) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) run afoul of Shank (Gal Gadot) and her crew in the game "Slaughter Race." (Photo: DISNEY)

The song, like the movie, is rather unconventional: It has a cheeky “Ralph” sense of humor, plus it gets dropped in the second act, rather than early in the narrative. Ralph is trying desperately (and bumblingly) to get them both home to their arcade while she’s keeping her feelings secret about maybe staying in “Slaughter Race” permanently. 

“It’s kind of a classic co-dependent relationship where Ralph is the one who has the more visible mistakes and she’s making the mistake of not being honest,” says director Rich Moore.

For Silverman, the song proved an interesting challenge. She’d had musical numbers as part of “The Sarah Silverman Program” but nothing on the level of a big Disney feature. Plus, she’s singing as Vanellope and not as herself: The character is “kind of like all the way up in my register,” she says.

The actress also got a kick out of working with Menken. He would play showtunes for her to sing from her favorite musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” during rehearsals. “It was just like truly dream-come-true kind of (stuff).”

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