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Disney In The House: 4th Of July

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bob Iger
Produced by Jenni Magee-Cook
Screenplay by Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Story by Bob Iger
Alan F. Horn
Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Starring Sarah Silverman
Travis Oates
Elizabeth Banks
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ed O'Neill
Music by Hans Zimmer
John Powell
Cinematography James Chressanthis
Edited by Jeremy Milton
Production companies Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date July 4, 2017 (El Capitan Theater)
July 7, 2017 (United States)
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $175--200 million
Box office $1.131 billion

Disney In The House: 4th Of July is a 2017 American live-action/computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by former Disney CEO Bob Iger in his directorial debut from a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, it is the sequel to 2016's Disney In The House: Introduction, the second installment in the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe, and Walt Disney Wonder Studios' first sequel. Sarah Silverman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed O'Neill, Tom Hanks, Owen Laramore, and Michael J. Fox all reprise their roles from the first film with newcomers Travis Oates and Elizabeth Banks joining the cast. The film follows the events of the first film, where Vanellope von Schweetz, Judy Hopps, Hank, and their newest friend Piglet are swept away from Disneyville Beach, which leads to their ensuing race to get home before midnight, in order to be in time for the Disneyville Fireworks Show.

Disney In The House: 4th Of July was released theatrically in the United States on July 7, 2017. This was the first Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to be presented in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who commended its humor, visual effects, musical score, and performances, although some said it was not as "fresh" as the first film. The film has grossed $1.1 billion worldwide on a $175--200 million budget; it is the first Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to pass the $1 billion mark, and held the record of being its highest-grossing film until Disney In The House: Time Travel surpassed it in 2019. A sequel, Disney In The House: Christmas, was released on December 27, 2017.


On Independence Day after the events of the first film, Vanellope von Schweetz wakes up and finds that the Disneyville Fireworks Show is at midnight at Disneyville Beach. A small Disney character named Piglet's gelotophobia is triggered by the laughter the kids at the beach, 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 July Island Orbs to fall from their holder, rendering the July Islands lifeless. The tube then abducts Vanellope, Piglet, Judy Hopps, and Hank.

Vanellope and the gang try to cross a suspension bridge to the beach, but the July 1st Statue 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 traveling carnival, the July 2nd Statue and Martha Martha's flying broomstick (which runs on the Martha Martha theme song) fall into the Forgotten River. Martha Martha starts crying, but Piglet is able to cheer her up, which Vanellope is surprisingly unacquainted with. Meanwhile, Sheriff Woody, Iggy, Mr. Ziploc, and Lawrence Broderick Pierce, burrow a helicopter and pursue Vanellope, Piglet, Judy, and Hank into the forest.

At 6:00 PM, Vanellope, Piglet, Martha Martha, Judy, and Hank spend $37.85 on a train ride, since each ticket costs $7.57. The July 3rd Statue subsequently falls into the Forgotten River, and the gang encounters a giant pink snake accidentally created by Piglet's powers. As Vanellope vents frustration with Piglet for making everything worse, saying his gelotophobia was the result of the group's predicament, the ground beneath the tube collapses, plunging Vanellope and Martha Martha into the Forgotten River, though Piglet, Judy, and Hank escape. 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 by fading away.

Vanellope reunites with Judy and Hank, but Piglet deems himself a danger to Disneyville and flees them. The July 4th Statue begins to crumble. Knowing this was her fault, Vanellope chases Piglet as she, Judy, and Hank follow him into the carnival. They climb up a ferris wheel and jump on the top of a merry-go-round, catching him in the air. Mr. Ziploc, Iggy, Woody, and Lawrence open their helicopter door and let their friends on board. The snake appears and seizes Vanellope, but Piglet comes to realize that friendship is the key to controlling his power. The snake understands and puts Vanellope 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.


  • 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 gelotopohbic 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.
  • Clint Howard as Ticket man
  • Andy Dick as Conductor

Box office

The film opened on July 7, 2017, and was projected to gross anywhere around $200 million in its opening weekend. It closed from theaters on November 25, 2017, having to have grossed $529 million in the United States and Canada, and $604 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1.131 billion. Produced on a $175--200 million budget, the film was a commercial success.

Critical response

The film has a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 159 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "Although it isn't quite as much fun as its predecessor, Disney In The House: 4th Of July still has ambitiously emotional messages, good humor, and wacky performances that make up for fine family entertainment". Metacritic calculated a score of 75 out of 100 based on 49 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.