Disney In The House: Christmas is a 2017 American live-action/animated Christmas comedy musical film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The sequel to Disney In The House: 4th Of July and the third installment in the classic Disney In The House franchise, the film was directed and co-written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Sarah Silverman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed O'Neill, Tom Hanks, Michael J. Fox, Owen Laramore, and Frank Welker reprise their roles from the first two films alongside new additions to the cast including Mckenna Grace, Jason Marsden, Bill Murray, Jerry Stiller (in his final film in his acting career before his death in 2020), Martin Short, and Natalie Portman. In the film, Vanellope von Schweetz is joined by a six-year-old named Cindy Miller who is searching for the spirit of Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman as she sets out to save Christmas after Santa Claus accidentally crashes in Disneyville. Along the way, she learns the true spirit of Christmas and comes to terms with it. This serves as the final Disney In The House film that was co-produced and animated by Reel FX Animation Studios.
|Disney In The House: Christmas|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by|| Phil Lord|
|Produced by|| Gary Marsh|
|Screenplay by|| Joe Ansolabehere|
Jill E. Blotevogel
|Story by|| Phil Lord|
|Starring|| Sarah Silverman|
|Music by||Harry Gregson-Williams|
|Cinematography|| Matthias Koenigswieser|
|Edited by||Robert Fisher Jr.|
|Production companies|| Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Wonder Studios
Reel FX Animation Studios
Lord Miller Productions
|Distributed by|| Walt Disney Studios|
|Release date|| December 25, 2017|
(American Holiday Festival)
December 26, 2017
January 1, 2018
|Running time||92 minutes|
|Box office||$170 million|
Disney In The House: Christmas was released theatrically in the United States on December 26, 2017. The film grossed over $170 million worldwide against its $135 million budget, becoming Walt Disney Wonder Studios' first box office bomb and losing Disney $50 million. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with general praise for its humor, production design, Harry Gregson-Williams' musical score, and the performances of Silverman and Grace, but criticism for its plot, Christmas carols, photorealistic reindeer, and perceived lack of originality.
It was followed by six sequels: 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 25, 2018, March 3, 2019, June 13, 2019, September 13, 2019, December 23, 2019, February 25, 2020.
Vanellope von Schweetz is hosting the Disneyville Christmas Party to honor the recent death of her next-door neighbor, Marka. On December 1, Woody tumbles down a hill (dragging Vanellope, Judy Hopps, Hank, Mr. Ziploc, Lawrence Pierce, and Iggy with him) and crashes into a snowbank. With his deliveries scattered across Disneyville, Woody reluctantly tells Vanellope that she is not qualified to celebrate Christmas. Feeling abandoned, Vanellope heads home, isolating herself from her friends. That night, Santa Claus flies by, but crash-lands in Disneyville, erasing his memory. As a result, the others worry that Christmas could be permanently canceled, but Vanellope volunteers to deliver the presents and 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. Vanellope and Frosty witness the other reindeer bullying Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for his lack of patience. Their leader, Donner, shoves Rudolph into a puddle as a punishment, but Vanellope convinces the reindeer that it is the season of giving. Since they only take orders from Santa, they leave. Overcome by Donner's hostile behavior against him, Rudolph joins Vanellope and Rudolph. As they prepare to get going, a six-year-old girl named Cindy Miller (who is also searching for the true spirit of Christmas) befriends Vanellope. Vanellope, Frosty, and Rudolph agree to take Cindy with them.
Back in Disneyville, Lawrence leaves Woody, Judy, Hank, Iggy, and Mr. Ziploc to keep an eye on the party. Just then, an army of 100 tiny snowmen trash the party and subdue Judy, triggering a chaotic play that causes her to end up in Cindy's house and meet her parents, Dan Miller and Cass Miller. After delivering all the presents, Vanellope, Cindy, Frosty, and Rudolph decide to tell the elves the news, but are inevitably chased by a giant ice monster who breaks Cindy's Christmas tree necklace and flings them away before falling into the gorge. A despondent Cindy runs off into the snowy woods, abandoning Vanellope.
Alone, Vanellope heads to the North Pole and tells the elves about what happened to Santa. The elves listen, but Vanellope sees the sleigh falling off the edge of a cliff. Cindy, Rudolph, and Frosty help push the sleigh back to safety and reconcile with Vanellope. They fly back to Disneyville, but the sparkle tank runs out. Rudolph thinks happy thoughts and uses every ounce of his strength to get to Disneyville Suburb, where they bump into Santa, restoring his memory. Vanellope explains the true meaning of Christmas, prompting the reindeer to finally accept Rudolph as their friend. Santa, Frosty, and the reindeer depart, and Vanellope, Cindy, Judy, Hank, Woody, Mr. Ziploc, Lawrence, Iggy, Dan, and Cass celebrate Vanellope's Christmas party.
- Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a resident of Disneyville. She is the film's protagonist.
- Mckenna Grace as Cindy Miller, a six-year-old resident of Disneyville who befriends Vanellope. She is the film's deuteragonist.
- Jason Marsden as Rudolph, a red-nosed reindeer who is ridiculed by the other reindeer. He is the film's tritagonist.
- Bill Murray as Frosty, an anthropomorphic snowman whose silk hat brings him to life. He is the film's tetartagonist.
- 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.
- Mel B, Bobby Moynihan, Luke Wilson, Laura Silverman, Alan Tudyk, Annabelle Wallis, Andy Dick, and Tom Hardy as Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, Santa's reindeer who ridicule Rudolph.
Disney In The House: Christmas opened theatrically on December 26, 2017, and grossed $70 million in the United States and Canada, and $100 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on February 5, 2018, having to have grossed $170 million overseas. Produced on a $135 million production budget, the film became Walt Disney Wonder Studios' first box office disappoinment and their lowest-grossing film to date, losing Disney $50 million. This was because of the scene where the reindeer bully Rudolph, and that Disney noted its similar marketing tactics, leading audiences to assume the third installment to be derivative and insulting to its predecessors.
Disney In The House: Christmas received mixed reviews from critics, with a 44% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 130 reviews. The consensus reads, "Disney In The House: Christmas is as appealing with the hilarious antics of Vanellope von Schweetz, but with Santa's reindeer being portrayed as bullies, it's a disappointing holiday rip-off". It is the worst-reviewed Walt Disney Wonder Studios film on the site, and the only Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to earn a "rotten" certification. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, calculated a score of 49 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film two stars, saying, "As directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Disney In The House: Christmas has reindeer who bully someone, which is a betrayal of everything Gary Marsh and Gary Krisel have ever stood for". Jessica Letkemann of Premiere wrote, "Introduction was greeted with universal acclaim. 4th Of July proved okay. Christmas generated Walt Disney Wonder Studios' first negative response". Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair called it "derivative of the How The Grinch Stole Christmas, but less innuendos and more funny humor". Not only did Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor dislike the photorealistic look on Santa's reindeer, but he was also uncomfortable with the use of Brian Setzer's Jingle Bells because he deemed it inferior. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film "One Thumb Up and One Thumb Down".
Relatively, some critics on the negative side also raised concerns over the PG rating, with Bilge Ebiri of Vulture saying it should have instead been rated PG-13 in relation to its medium amount of adult content.
On the positive side, Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly praised the performance of Mckenna Grace as Cindy Miller. She wrote, "Mckenna Grace must be gaining further notice for playing her first live-action child character in Disney history". Joe Williams of St. Louis Post Dispatch said, "This could be quite the perfect Disney holiday film for kids who celebrate Christmas. Happy New Year, 2018".