Improv Corner – Improv In The Media – Ron’s Gone Wrong

If there is one thing that fascinates me about improv and that is how it is portrayed in Television and Film. This is becoming more and more apparent in recent years because the comedy art form is sort of in fashion. There are some interesting topics that we can gain from these ways they are displayed so every so often we are going to look at different scenes from different shows and films.

We all know that improv has become more commercial in the last couple of years and with that comes a variety of ways that it is portrayed in television shows or film. It is sometimes fun to see how they portray it as everyone has their own unique way of portraying it, however sometimes I feel that it can be used as a subtle insult to make a point (I have discussed something similar about Netflix show You) and todays discussion I feel in some ways falls under that category.

I was pretty excited when the film Ron’s Gone Wrong appeared on Disney+ I love animations and the concept of the show seemed really interesting. I was really enjoying the film and found it great fun but then near the end of the film there was a section where improv is mentioned and I wasn’t very happy as to how it was. It was such a quick part of the film but it is also a part that you question why improv was even mentioned film in the first place.

!Spoiler! The next part speaks about the film so if you don’t want part of it ruined, you may not want to read below this point!

Near the end of the film, they go and invade Bubble HQ because Ron’s glitches have been fixed and Barney wants Ron the way he was. The plan includes Barney, Graham, Donka and Marc sneaking in and changing the code, however they get caught and the COO sees Donka cleaning and finds her pet donkey burnt and says ‘Who Are You people, an improv troupe?’ Usually in a lot of cases I don’t have an issue with things name dropping improv as it is done in a fun way but when it is used as a jibe I find it a bit, well, tacky.

Firstly the main issue I have with this is that there was nothing that the dup were doing that would indicate it was ‘improv’ that they were doing. Just because they were found doing something bizarre or out of the ordinary it is automatically defined as an ‘improv troupe’. I take an issue with this because it feels like something that is ‘popular culture’ is being used in a negative way to define a problem. Also the fact there was no indication of a performance also indicates that this again is being used lazily to name drop the comedy art form.

Secondly, I know improv is not eveyone’s cup of tea I understand that entirely but sometimes improv gets a bad name and it has been around for years and has been the reason sometimes for the best comedy skits we have ever seen, even in movies and I find it unfair for it be used as a jibe especially when it is not relevant.

If it was more like a double act trying to get into the room talking o performing etc together I wouldn’t have a problem by the fact the improv troupe is only mentioned when a donkey gets pulled in through the door completely unrelated to what is happening by a security guard and then the COO mentions it.

It is not a big deal and overall I loved the film it it funny. great fun and extremely entertaining, but as someone who lies to write about the way that improv is depicted in media forms I ind that is is important to mentioned discuss even the smallest issues or things I notice as I feel it gives a sense as to how improv is depicted in the modern world and i feel it is important to keep an eye on that.

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