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Disney In The House: Christmas
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Hill
Produced by David W. King
Screenplay by Joe Ansolabehere
Story by Tim Hill
Joe Ansolabehere
Jill E. Blotevogel
Kevin Hopps
Starring Sarah Silverman
Mckenna Grace
Jason Marsden
Bill Murray
Jerry Stiller
Tom Hanks
Ginnifer Goodwin
Natalie Portman
Martin Short
Ed O'Neill
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Matthias Koenigswieser
Edited by Robert Fisher Jr.
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder
Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date December 1, 2017
(United States)
December 25, 2017
(American Holiday
Festival)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $125 million
Box office $471 million


Disney In The House: Christmas is a 2017 American live-action/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 film in the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe. Returning actors Sarah Silverman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed O'Neill, Tom Hanks, Owen Laramore, Michael J. Fox, and Travis Oates are joined by Mckenna Grace, Jason Marsden, Bill Murray, Jerry Stiller (in his final acting role before his death in 2020), Natalie Portman, and Martin Short. In the film, Vanellope von Schweetz 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 December 1, 2017. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Harry Gregson-Williams' musical score, performances, nostalgic feel, use of Christmas carols, and respect for Christmas culture, but criticized its humor, tone, and narrative. Despite this, it grossed $471 million worldwide against a $125 million budget and was later followed by a sequel, Disney In The House: Wild Wild West, on May 11, 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 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, ruining Vanellope's party and covering Woody in caramel. Woody declares that all everyone's presents are his from now on, much to the kids' 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 forces Vanellope to send them away for their own safety. Hours later, Santa convinces 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 rescues 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.
  • Mckenna Grace as Cindy Miller, a six-year-old resident of Disneyville who befriends Vanellope.
  • Jason Marsden as Rudolph, a red-nosed reindeer.
  • Bill Murray as Frosty, an anthropomorphic snowman whose silk hat brings him to life.
  • Jerry Stiller as Santa Claus, a Christmas legend. This was Stiller's final film in his acting career before his death in 2020.
  • Martin Short 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.
  • 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.
  • Tom Hanks as Woody, a resident of Disneyville who often visits Vanellope's house.
  • Michael J, Fox as Mr. Ziploc, an anthropomorphic plastic bowl and the news messenger of Disneyville.
  • Owen Laramore as Lawrence Pierce, the mayor of Disneyville.
  • Frank Welker as Iggy, an iguana and Vanellope's pet.
  • Travis Oates as Piglet, a citizen of Disneyville.
  • 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 The Disaster Artist and The Shape of Water, and was projected to earn $105 million from theaters in its opening weekend. It grossed $195 million in the United States and Canada, and $276 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on March 1, 2018, having to have grossed $471 million worldwide. Produced on a $125 million production budget, the film became a box office success.

Critical response

Disney In The House: Christmas received mixed reviews from critics, with a 50% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 214 reviews. The consensus reads, "With spunky charm, nostalgia, and outstanding acting, Disney In The House: Christmas respects Christmas culture and may entertain much young viewers in general, but its narrative and tone are too uneven to recapture the showstopping feel of the first two films". It is the first Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to earn a "rotten" certification. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, calculated a score of 55 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.

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