Why Wreck It Ralph Is Such An Important Movie For Boys (a boy moms’ perspective.)

June 26, 2018

Before having sons, I would have told you that media only negatively impacted girls. Before having sons, I didn’t realize the ever so subtle messages little boys were getting quite the same way I noticed the messages reaching our young women.  Nowadays, I’m a true boy mom, recognizing what a crucial role I play in their lives as they make their way to adulthood.  I have adored the film, Wreck It Ralph since it came out and to get excited for the upcoming film, Ralph Breaks the Internet, the boys and I recently re-watched the original.  I was so struck by the positive message in the movie for little men that I hadn’t noticed before.   Ralph rejects that he has to be this big, tough guy, he escapes the box his game character is put in and this was so revolutionary to me as a mother to two boys (now three and five.) How often do we hear people justify questionable, borderline unkind,  behavior by saying “boys will be boys.”  Wreck It Ralph reminds boys they can be exactly who they want to be, regardless of societal expectations.  I mean, how cool is that?!

There’s a quote I love from the original film, “Sometimes I think, man, it sure must be nice being the good guy.”  

I can’t wait to see what encouragement the new film brings when it releases November 21st.  I have a feeling we are going to become more courageous, we will laugh a lot, and fall in love with these precious characters all over again.  Also, there’s a Disney princess cameo happening that I am so excited about!  Is your family eager to see the new film, Ralph Breaks The Internet!

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz—along with her best friend Ralph—ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film, features several of the original princess voices, including Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018.

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