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Disney In The House: Big City Vacation
Directed by Terence Nance
Produced by Stephen Swofford
Screenplay by James V. Hart
Story by Terence Nance
James V. Hart
Robert L. Baird
Starring Sarah Silverman
Owen Laramore
Andy Serkis
Mary-Louise Parker
Jada Pinkett Smith
Kristin Chenoweth
Kenan Thompson
Mindy Kaling
Dakota Fanning
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ed O'Neill
Jennifer Saunders
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Edited by Wendy Greene Bricmont
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder
Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date August 25, 2023
Running time 114 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $135 million
Box office $157 million


Disney In The House: Big City Vacation is a 2023 American live-action/computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The sequel to 2022's Disney In The House: Oceans and the twelfth and final installment in the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe, it stars Sarah Silverman, Owen Laramore, Dakota Fanning (through archive recordings of her child voice) Ginnifer Goodwin, and Ed O'Neill reprising their roles from the previous films, with new additions including Andy Serkis, Mary-Louise Parker, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kristin Chenoweth, Kenan Thompson, Mindy Kaling, and Jennifer Saunders. In the film, the gang goes on a vacation in the big city of Sandshore, where Vanellope von Schweetz gets involved in assisting three kittens in their dream of becoming superheroes.

Disney In The House: Big City Vacation was released on August 25, 2023, after facing several delays from a January 2021 release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was a box office bomb, grossing $157 million worldwide against a $135 million budget, and received negative reviews from critics for its lack of originality, although the performances and Mark Mothersbaugh's musical score were praised. This was the last sequel produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios before its closure on June 30, 2024.

Plot

After the events of the previous film, Vanellope von Schweetz, Lawrence Broderick Pierce, Bethany Hayden Pierce, Judy Hopps, and Hank take a vacation in the big city of Sandshore. They reach Sandshore's finest hotel, Grand Vista, where they will stay for three days. Joining their stay is a peacock named Francesca Feathers. Since they have already left Disneyville, Lawrence advises Vanellope to be on her best behavior, as he wants the vacation to be the most perfect vacation for his family.

When the gang go on a walk through Sandshore to present the robotic dog Lawrence built to a human/robot hybrid named CyBoy, the owner of Tech. Co., a technology company. Suspicious of CyBoy and believing she is not meant for Lawrence's way of the vacation, Vanellope leaves the family to make new friends, Vanellope meets a streetwise purple squirrel superhero named RadRodent, Taffyta Muttonfudge, and three kittens named Eva, Geraldine, and Isabella. The kittens want to be superheroes like RadRodent. Vanellope decides to introduce them to her family. Lawrence tells Vanellope to take them back, saying that talking to strangers and stealing someone else's pets does not give her much potential in making new friends, but she ignores him.

Vanellope, RadRodent, and Taffyta take the kittens to a potion maker and scientist named Professor Mailio. Mailio makes a potion that gives the kittens superpowers. Eva becomes super strong, Geraldine is given the power to create flowers, plants, and trees, and Isabella can now create force fields. Vanellope, RadRodent, Taffyta, and the kittens (now named Pinkpoppy, GreenGrass, and Bluebubble) go to Tech. Co, where GreenGrass accidentally creates a tree with some of the costumers' kids about to fall. Although RadRodent and the kittens are able to save the kids, Tech. Co. is a wreck and Lawrence's robotic dog is destroyed, angering Lawrence. Not long after, the kittens' mother (whose kids Vanellope unknowingly stole), takes her kittens, along with Vanellope.

As Lawrence, Beth, Judy, Hank, Taffyta, RadRodent, and Francesca pursue Mother Cat. RadRodent offers to help the gang find Vanellope, to which Lawrence reluctantly agrees. The gang enters a cave called Crystal Cavern, where they find a mystical magic gemstone. The cave suddenly begins to crumble, and Beth is about to plummet over the edge of the cave's crumbling bridge into a vast chasm. RadRodent throws a rope for Beth to grab at the last moment, and they all manage to escape before the cave crumbles. In the meantime, Vanellope and the mother cat try to outdo each other in feeding the kittens. Vanellope loses this contest, but is welcomed into the cat family regardless. The next morning, RadRodent, Lawrence, Beth, Judy, Hank, Taffyta, and Francesca eventually find Vanellope and the cat family. Vanellope blames herself for her recklessness in disobeying Lawrence, but he tells her he did not understand that while she is herself in Disneyville, she is herself in Sandshore as well.

A shape of Mailio appears, only to reveal himself as CyGuy in disguise. His bodyguard, Mr Jones, CyGuy uses a disintegration gun to transport CyGuy and the gang to Tech. Co., where Mailio is revealed to have been trapped to be run over and killed by a train. CyGuy sends his robot assistant, Nyno, to place the gemstone on a Tech. Co. satellite that is set to emit an energy beam to Sandshore to upgrade everyone into human/robot hybrids. The potion's effects suddenly wear off, causing the kittens to slowly lose their powers. Despite the loss of their powers, the kittens, with help from the gang, rescue Mailio from the train, whilst Vanellope and RadRodent chase Nyno into outer space. When Nyno incapacitates Vanellope with his bubble gun, RadRodent saves her and plugs the satelite's dish, destroying the satelite. The beam strikes CyGuy, instantly destroying him.

Vanellope and RadRodent return to Sandshore, where the citizens congratulate the gang. Lawrence finally admits to Vanellope that she did a good job looking after the kittens. The gang, now including RadRodent, Taffyta, the cat family, and Francesca, end their vacation with a car trip back to Disneyville.

Cast

  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a resident of Disneyville.
  • Owen Laramore as Lawrence Broderick Pierce, the mayor of Disneyville, Beth's brother, and one of Vanellope's friends.
  • Andy Serkis as RadRodent, a streetwise rooster who is a superhero in Sandshore.
  • Mary-Louise Parker as Eva/Pinkpoppy, one of the three kittens, who has super strength.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith as Geradline/Greengrass, one of the three kittens, who can create flowers, plants, and trees.
  • Kristin Chenoweth as Isabella/Bluebubble, one of the three kittens, who can generate force fields
  • Kenan Thompson as CyGuy, a human/robot hybrid and Tech. Co.'s owner who secretly intends to upgrade everyone to his level.
  • Mindy Kaling as Taffyta Muttonfudge, a resident of Sandshore and Vanellope's counterpart and rival.
  • Dakota Fanning as Bethany Hayden Pierce, Lawrence's sister and one of Vanellope's friends.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps, a bunny who is a resident of Disneyville and one of Vanellope's friends.
  • Ed O'Neill as Hank, an octopus who is a resident of Disneyville and one of Vanellope's friends.
  • Jennifer Saunders as Mother Cat, the kittens' mother.
  • Andy Nyman as Nyno, a white robot and CyGuy's loyal but dimwitted assistant.
  • Neal McDonough as Professor Mailio, a scientist and potion maker who creates a potion that gives the kittens superpowers.
  • Chelsea Peretti as Mr. Heaven Feathers, a peacock and the owner of Grand Vista.
  • Brooklynn Prince as Little Jenny, a girl who the kittens save.
  • Cobie Smudlers as Little Jenny's mother

Reception

Box office

In the United States, Disney In The House: Big City Vacation was projected to gross $75 million in its opening weekend. The film has earned $78 million in North America and $79 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $157 million, against a budget of $135 million budget. The film was the lowest-grossing film in the franchise.

Critical response

Disney In The House: Big City Vacation received negative reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 25% approval rating based on 156 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "A generic rehash of the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe's earlier entries, Disney In The House: Big City Vacation is further proof that even the most creative minds have to face the music". It was the worst-ranked film from the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe (and from Walt Disney Wonder Studios overall) on the site. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 28 out of 100 based on 41 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.

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