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 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, Piglet, Judy, and Hank being swept away from Disneyville Beach in their ensuing race to get home before the Disneyville Fireworks Show at midnight on the 4th of July while dealing with a giant 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|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bob Iger|
|Produced by|| Gary Marsh|
|Screenplay by|| Jonathan Aibel|
|Story by|| Gary Marsh|
|Starring|| Sarah Silverman|
|Music by|| Hans Zimmer|
|Edited by||H. Lee Peterson|
|Production company|| Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Wonder Studios
Reel FX Creative Studios
|Distributed by|| Walt Disney Studios|
|Release date||July 4, 2017|
|Running time||101 minutes|
|Box office||$503 million|
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 $503 million worldwide against its $140 million budget.
It was followed by seven sequels: Disney In The House: Christmas, Disney In The House: Wild Wild West, 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, December 25, 2018, March 3, 2019, June 13, 2019, September 23, 2019, December 23, 2019, and February 25, 2020.
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 with some encouragement from her next-door neighbor Marka, Vanellope takes it upon herself to help Piglet get used to the party. Vanellope's pet iguana Iggy falls in love with a beautiful vermillion-colored iguana named Scarlett.
At 1:00 PM in the afternoon, Piglet's fears are confirmed when he fails to make his stunt right, 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 giant 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 are gone forever. 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 a boulder causes the train to fall 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, 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, as the snake is going 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. To the surprise of the others, Vanellope hands to controls over to Piglet, disintegrating the snake and restore the July 4th Islands. 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, the size of the prize prevents the prize bin from opening, much to Vanellope's dismay.
- Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a resident of Disneyville. She is the film's main protagonist.
- Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps, a resident of Disneyville and Vanellope's best friend. She is the film's tetartagonist.
- Ed O'Neill as Hank, Disneyville's greatest septopus.
- Travis Oates as Piglet, a fearful resident of Disneyville who can turn things pink as a way of entertaining those who need help. He is the film's deuteragonist.
- Elizabeth Banks as Martha Martha, an anthropomorphic plush doll and the former July 4th mascot. She is the film's tritagonist.
- 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.
- Nancy Cartwright as Scarlett, a vermillion-colored iguana and Iggy's mate.
- Helena Bonham Carter as Marka, Vanellope's next-door neighbor.
- Dee Bradley Baker as Agent P, a citizen of Disneyville. Baker also voices the Little Green Men, citizens of Disneyville.
- Clint Howard as Ticket man
- Andy Dick as Conductor
- Patricia Valesquez as Marketplace owner
The film opened on July 4, 2017, and was projected to gross anywhere around $85-90 million in its opening weekend. It ended its theatrical run on September 5, 2017 after playing in theaters for 63 days, having to have grossed $208 million in the United States and Canada, and $295 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $503 million.
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 Oscar-nominated charm of its predecessor, Disney In The House: 4th Of July still sends the right message to children". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, 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".