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Disney In The House: Christmas
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Hill
Produced by Audrey Wells
Stephen Swofford
David W. King
Screenplay by Joe Ansolabehere
Story by Tim Hill
Joe Ansolabehere
Jill E. Blotevogel
Kevin Hopps
Starring Sarah Silverman
Tom Hanks
Mckenna Grace
Martin Short
Bill Murray
Ian McKellen
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ed O'Neill
James Marsden
Natalie Portman
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography James Chressanthis
Edited by Robert Fisher Jr.
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder
Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date November 10, 2017
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million
Box office $553 million


Disney In The House: Christmas is a 2017 American computer-animated Christmas comedy film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Tim Hill, the film serves as the sequel to Disney In The House: 4th Of July and the third installment in the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe. Returning actors Sarah Silverman, Tom Hanks, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed O'Neill, Owen Laramore, and Michael J. Fox are joined by Mckenna Grace, Martin Short, Bill Murray, Ian McKellen, James Marsden, and Natalie Portman. In the film, Vanellope von Schweetz, along with six-year-old Cindy Miller, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman, sets out to save Christmas from extinction after Santa Claus crashes in Disneyville.

Disney In The House: Christmas was released theatrically in the United States on November 10, 2017. The film received mainly positive reviews from critics, who praised the performances (particularly Silverman, Hanks, Grace, Short, Murray and McKellen), nostalgic feel, use of Christmas carols, animation, and Harry Gregson-Williams' musical score, although some said they felt it was not as fresh as the first two films. It was also commercially successful, grossing $553 million worldwide against a $150 million budget and becoming the highest-grossing Christmas film of all time. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. A sequel, Disney In The House: Wild Wild West, was released on February 23, 2018.

Plot

Vanellope von Schweetz is hosting the Disneyville Christmas Party. She, Judy Hopps, Hank, Mr. Ziploc, Lawrence Pierce, Piglet, and Iggy expose Sheriff Woody to Vanellope's party. Santa Claus flies by, but crash-lands in Disneyville, erasing his memory and causing the others to worry that Christmas could be permanently canceled. Vanellope volunteers to save Christmas, calming down her family and the rest of the hysterical Disneyville. Before setting off, Vanellope leaves Woody in charge of her party.

Vanellope builds a snowman and names him "Frosty". Frosty starts to get warmer. To avoid the fate of melting, Frosty joins Vanellope on her quest, in order to reach the North Pole to avoid melting. Vanellope and Frosty witness Santa's reindeer (except Cupid) blaming Rudolph for causing Santa's crashing. Their leader, Donner, puts Rudolph on the naughty list and says they only take orders from Santa. After the reindeer leave, Rudolph, sulking over being on the Naughty List, joins Vanellope and Frosty. As they prepare to get going, a six-year-old girl named Cindy Miller befriends Vanellope, who agrees to let her join them.

Meanwhile, Piglet sings "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town". As the children put presents under the party's Christmas tree, Santa rediscovers his ability to make toys, letting the children give presents to each other, but inadvertently angering Woody. A wooden airplane wreaks havoc in the kitchen and runs into Woody, causing him to get covered in caramel. Woody admonishes Santa for ruining Vanellope's party and declares that all everyone's presents are his from now on, much to everyone's disappointment. After several deliveries, the four encounter an avalanche and are chased by icebergs, but manage to escape. Although Vanellope is able to rely on the others to help her deliver one last gift, a snowstorm approaches, forcing Vanellope to reluctantly send them away for their survival.

Hours later, Santa convinces a Woody to give someone a present, lifting his mood and prompting him to share his realization with Disneyville. Through a inspiring speech, Woody convinces Vanellope's family and all the Disneyville citizens to work together in order to rebuild Vanellope's party and save Christmas. Vanellope, depressed and alone in an icy underground cave, discovers that the gifts are for her, Cindy, Rudolph, and Frosty. Having a change of heart, concludes she must find her friends, give them their gifts, and make amends. Vanellope prevents the presents from sliding down a hill and almost falls over the edge of a cliff, but Cindy, Rudolph, and Frosty help pull her back to safety and reconcile with her. Vanellope apologizes to them for pushing them away, and the four open their presents. With only enough sparkles for one last trip, they fly back to Disneyville. Suddenly, the sparkle tank runs out, but Rudolph thinks happy thoughts and uses the last of the magic sparkles to get to Disneyville, where they bump into Santa, restoring his memory.

Shocked, Donner initially blames Rudolph for ruining Christmas, but Cupid, fed up with Donner's bossy ways, comes to his defense, confessing her love for him. Vanellope explains the true meaning of Christmas, prompting the reindeer to finally accept Rudolph as their friend and let him go back on the nice list. Santa, Frosty, and the reindeer depart. Vanellope and company sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", and Vanellope's Christmas party goes on as planned.

Cast

  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a resident of Disneyville.
  • Tom Hanks as Woody, a resident of Disneyville who often visits Vanellope's house.
  • Mckenna Grace as Cindy Miller, a six-year-old resident of Disneyville who befriends Vanellope.
  • Martin Short as Rudolph, a red-nosed reindeer.
  • Bill Murray as Frosty, an anthropomorphic snowman whose silk hat brings him to life.
  • Ian McKellen as Santa Claus, a Christmas legend.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps, a resident of Disneyville and one of Vanellope's best friends.
  • Ed O'Neill as Hank, Disneyville's greatest septopus and another one of Vanellope's best friends.
  • James Marsden as Dan Miller, a resident of Disneyville who is Cindy's father and Cass' husband.
  • Natalie Portman as Cass Miller, a resident of Disneyville who is Cindy's mother and Dan's wife.
  • Owen Laramore as Lawrence Pierce, the mayor of Disneyville.
  • Michael J, Fox as Mr. Ziploc, an anthropomorphic plastic bowl and the news messenger of Disneyville.
  • Frank Welker as Iggy, an iguana and Vanellope's pet.
  • Travis Oates as Piglet, a citizen of Disneyville. He was previously voiced by Nick Mohammed in Disney In The House: 4th Of July.
  • Andy Dick as Donner, the noble put pompous leader of Santa's reindeer who ridicules Rudolph.
  • Annabelle Wallis as Cupid, one of Santa's reindeer who has a crush on Rudolph.

Additionally, Dasher, Dancer, Pancer, Vixen, Comet and Blitzen appear, but do not have any dialogue.

Box office

In the United States, Disney In The House: Christmas opened alongside Daddy's Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express, and was projected to earn $105 million from theaters in its opening weekend. It grossed $254 million in the United States and Canada, and $279 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on March 1, 2018, having to have grossed $553 million worldwide. Produced on a $150 million production budget, the film became a box office success.

Critical response

Disney In The House: Christmas received positive reviews from critics, with a 75% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 214 reviews. The consensus reads, "Although it isn't quite as much fun as its predecessors, Disney In The House: Christmas should provide the family-friendly diversion of the holidays". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, calculated a score of 71 out of 100 based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, down from the first and second films' "A+".

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