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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ralph Breaks the Internet is set to be one giant homage to pop culture, so it makes sense they’d be going with an incredibly mainstream band for their end credit song. Disney has announced that the band Imagine Dragons would, in fact, be responsible for said song, and that the song, “Zero,” is now available.

In the movie, video-game bad guy Ralph struggles with his evolving friendship with fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz. According to Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds, the film’s emotional themes are reflected in the song “Zero.” “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,” said Reynolds. “Ralph’s internal struggle for self-acceptance really resonated with us, and this song speaks to that.”

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“It’s a bold choice for an end-credit song,” said director Rich Moore. “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,” added 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.”

Reynolds Continued, “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.”

The song is available now on Amazon, Apple Music, Google, iTunes, Spotify, and more!

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SOURCE: Disney

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.