Disney In The House: 4th Of July is a 2017 American live-action/animated comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The sequel to 2016's Disney In The House: Introduction and the second film in the classic Disney In The House franchise, it was directed by Disney's former CEO Bob Iger in his directorial debut from a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Hans Zimmer and John Powell composed the film's music. The film centers on Vanellope von Schweetz, Piglet, Judy Hopps, and Hank being swept away from Disneyville Beach in their ensuing race to get home before the Disneyville Fireworks Show on the 4th of July while dealing with a pink snake caused by Piglet's power to turn things pink. Sarah Silverman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed O'Neill, Tom Hanks, Michael J. Fox, and Owen Laramore reprise their roles from the first film with new additions to the cast including Travis Oates and Elizabeth Banks.

Disney In The House: 4th Of July
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bob Iger
Produced by Gary Marsh
Gary Krisel
Jenni Magee-Cook
Screenplay by Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Story by Gary Marsh
Gary Krisel
Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Starring Sarah Silverman
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ed O'Neill
Travis Oates
Elizabeth Banks
Music by Hans Zimmer
John Powell
Cinematography Caleb Deschanel
Edited by H. Lee Peterson
Production company Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder Studios
Reel FX Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date July 1, 2017
(El Capitan Theatre)
July 4, 2017
(United States)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $110--115 million
Box office $1.027 billion


The film was released theatrically in the United States on July 4. This was the first Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to be presented in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who commended its humor, visual effects, music, and performances, although some said it was not as "fresh" as the first film. The film has grossed $1 billion worldwide on a $110--115 million budget; it is the first Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to pass the $1 billion mark, and held the record being its highest-grossing film until Disney In The House: Time Travel surpassed it in 2019.

It was followed by eight sequels: Disney In The House: Christmas, Disney In The House: Wild Wild West, Disney In The House: Musical Melody, Disney In The House: Off To Adventure Camp, Disney In The House: Time Travel, Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp, Disney In The House: World Animals, and Disney In The House: Oceans on December 26, 2017, May 11, 2018, December 25, 2018, March 3, 2019, June 13, 2019, September 23, 2019, December 23, 2019, and February 25, 2020.

Plot

On Independence Day, Vanellope von Schweetz wakes up and finds that the Disneyville Fireworks Show is at midnight at Disneyville Beach. She and her friends Judy Hopps and Hank help rehearse for the show. A small Disney character named Piglet is scared of the kids at the beach laughing at him, but Vanellope takes it upon herself to help Piglet get used to the party.

At 1:00 PM in the afternoon, Piglet's fears are confirmed when he fails to dance, dropping his ball in the process. Seeing the ball as something that makes kids laugh at Piglet, Vanellope tries to dispose of it through a portal tube, but a struggle causes the summer supplies to be taken away by the tube, which then abducts Vanellope, Piglet, Judy, and Hank off the beach and into a hiking forest. A pink snake forms and slithers off in search of Piglet.

Vanellope and the gang try to cross a suspension bridge to the beach, but due to the snake taking down the July 1st Statue, it gradually falls into the Forgotten River, an abyss where things disappear. Vanellope, Piglet, Judy, and Hank walk into the forest, but by 4:00 PM, they run into an anthropomorphic plush doll named Martha Martha (July 4th's former mascot), who suggests taking the train to the beach. On a tour throughout a carnival, the July 2nd Statue and Martha Martha's flying broomstick (which runs on the Martha Martha theme song) are pulled into the Forgotten River by the snake. Martha Martha starts crying, but Piglet is able to cheer her up, which Vanellope is surprisingly unacquainted with.

At 6:00 PM, Vanellope, Piglet, Martha Martha, Judy, and Hank need $37.85 to get a train ride, since each ticket costs $7.57. They head to a nearby marketplace to earn the money they need by offering a bake sale in a zebra costume. Suddenly, the zebra costume rips in half, blowing their cover and causing the owner to think they are scaring kids, so she sets off the alarm and calls the police. Vanellope, Piglet, Martha Martha, Judy, and Hank narrowly escape the police and board the train en route to the beach, to which the snake chases them later on. They try to escape the snake, but he destroys the July 3rd Statue, and the group jumps before the train falls into the Forgotten River. In desperation, Vanellope abandons Piglet and tries to ride a portal tube back to the beach, but the snake breaks the ground beneath the tube, plunging Vanellope and Martha Martha into the Forgotten River.

In the Forgotten River, a crestfallen Vanellope begins to lose hope and breaks into tears. She notices the pink ball she tried to throw away and finally understands Piglet's true purpose: to use his power to turn things pink as a way of entertaining those who need help. Martha Martha and Vanellope try to fly the broom out of the Forgotten River, but on the first two times, the broom falls short due to Martha Martha being too heavy. On a third time, Martha Martha jumps off the broom to allow Vanellope to escape, then dies. Vanellope reunites with Judy and Hank, but Piglet feels that he is a danger to Disneyville and flees them. The snake begins to destroy the July 4th Statue. Vanellope, Judy, and Hank climb up a ferris wheel and jump on the top of a merry-go-round, catching him in the air.

Mr. Ziploc, Iggy, Scarlett, Woody, and Lawrence Pierce, having to have looked all over for them, open their helicopter door and let their friends on board. The snake appears and seizes Vanellope and Piglet, but Piglet comes to realize that friendship is the key to controlling his power. The snake understands and puts Vanellope and Piglet back into the helicopter. To the astonishment of the others, Vanellope hands to controls over to Piglet, who uses his power to happily disintegrate the snake and restore the July 4th Islands, thus saving the 4th Of July. Back home, the kids praise Piglet as a hero for saving Disneyville, and he joins the Disneyville Fireworks Show celebration, and fireworks shoot up into the sky as Katy Perry's "Firework" plays.

In a post-credits scene, Vanellope and the gang win a giant prize from a claw machine at the carnival. However, Vanellope is unable to get the prize out of the prize bin, much to her dismay.

Cast

  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a resident of Disneyville.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps, a resident of Disneyville and Vanellope's best friend.
  • Ed O'Neill as Hank, Disneyville's greatest septopus.
  • Travis Oates as Piglet, a neurotic but good-hearted resident of Disneyville who can turn things pink as a way of entertaining those who need help.
  • Elizabeth Banks as Martha Martha, an anthropomorphic fun-loving and optimistic plush doll and the former July 4th mascot.
  • Tom Hanks as Woody, a resident of Disneyville who often visits Vanellope's house.
  • Michael J. Fox as Mr. Ziploc, an anthropomorphic plastic blow and the news messenger of Disneyville.
  • Owen Laramore as Lawrence Pierce, the mayor of Disneyville.
  • Frank Welker as Iggy, an green-colored iguana and Vanellope's pet.
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Marka, Vanellope's next-door neighbor.
  • Clint Howard as Ticket man
  • Andy Dick as Conductor
  • Patricia Valesquez as Marketplace owner

Box office

The film opened on July 4, 2017, and was projected to gross anywhere around $200 million in its opening weekend. It ended its theatrical run on October 12, 2017 after playing in theaters for 100 days, having to have grossed $500 million in the United States and Canada, and $527 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1.027 billion. Produced on a $200 million budget, the film was a commercial success.

Critical response

The film has a 79% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 159 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "Although its convoluted plot makes it unable to recapture the Academy Award-nominated charm of its predecessor, Disney In The House: 4th Of July still sends an emotional message to children". Metacritic calculated a score of 74 out of 100 based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.

Frank Lovece of Film Journal International gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "fun family entertainment" and praising the Hans Zimmer score. Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun Times gave the film "Two Thumbs Up". Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune felt that the freshness and originality meant for the film was gone. Yolanda Machado of TheWrap said the film had plenty of characters to spare and praised the performance of Elizabeth Banks as Martha Martha.

Kyle Smith of the New York Post found Disney In The House: 4th Of July to be derivative of the Disney/Pixar film Inside Out. He wrote, "This inferior sequel rips off Inside Out, with a rehashed plot and a perceived lack of new characters".

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