The usually potty-mouthed Sarah Silverman has taken on
the role of Vanellope Von Schweetz in Disney's Wreck-It
Ralph. Has the animation giant got it wrong? asks Roger
Sarah Silverman voices Vanellope Von Schweetz in Disney's
Wreck-It Ralph. Photo from Disney.
There's always been something that screamed ''cartoon'' about
that potty-mouthed pixie, Sarah Silverman. Even at her most
outrageous, the edgy comic's disarming, Betty Boop/Betty
Rubble voice intentionally softens that edge.
Silverman's demeanour and material, in which, many have
proclaimed, ''almost nothing's off-limits'' - race, religion,
sex and celebrity - can be jaw-dropping. But coming from a
voice built for baby talk, she gets away with it.
Her most outrageous stunt yet may be her first turn as an
animated character in a Disney film. She has voiced more
adult animation - The Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama, Bob's
Burgers. But Wreck-It Ralph is a Disney 'toon in which she
plays a sassy, sugary exiled video-game imp named Vanellope
Von Schweetz. And if Vanellope has a certain Silverman edge,
the comic-turned-actress says that's Disney's doing.
So, who called whom? Did you approach Disney, or did they
''Disney called me. They did. I have no idea why. ... I was
thrilled. Everybody loves Disney. And when I thought of it,
the filthiest comedian working as I was coming up was Eddie
''And he's found a home with Disney. So if he can do it, why
not me? ''I mean, I have the perfect voice for animation, and
a great face for radio! Haha! I've always had a voice, a
pretty distinctive one - pleasing or displeasing, depending
on who you are. When I hear it, I'm like `Eeeewwww, it's so
nasal'. But early on, I got a voice-over agent, and I'd go to
voice-over auditions constantly - commercials. I never got
''Then, people started hiring me for being me and I started
getting all this cartoon work. ''A lot of people are asking
me about this choice, and I'm like, `Do you think I'm going
to sneak [expletive] into their cartoon? No. I'm an adult.
There's more than one side of me and I can certainly curb
myself if they give me a script. Come on!''
Anything about Vanellope that you could identify with, as
''I feel so close to her. Yes, she's a 'Her'. She's an
EveryWoman - obnoxious and precocious and annoying, at first.
She's this little tough girl. When people are tough, it's
because they're protecting this fragile interior. She was
this little rejected girl covering it with being a tough guy.
A lot of people can relate to that. I know I could.''
And there are these Sarah Silverman touches to her lines.
A video-game character with a learning disorder, she says she
''I love that! I'd love to take credit for it, but that's in
the script. We improvised and came up with alternative lines.
`Milk My Duds.' But stuff like `Why did the hero flush the
toilet?' `Cuz it was his duty'? Straight out of the script.
And I loved it.''
So is ''going Disney'' the sign that this is the beginning
of a mellower Sarah Silverman?
''This comes out sandwiched between a filthy political video
and a movie (Take This Waltz) that I'm nude in. So sure, I'm
getting a lot mellower.''