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Disney In The House: Introduction
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chris A. Bailey
Rob Renzetti
Vixi Anderson
Produced by Audrey Wells
Barry Josephson
Screenplay by Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszweski
Story by Chris A. Bailey
Rob Renzetti
Vixi Anderson
Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszweski
Starring Sarah Silverman
Tom Hanks
Max Casella
Owen Laramore
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ed O'Neill
Michael J. Fox
Dakota Fanning
Spencer Breslin
Billy Connolly
Music by Hans Zimmer
John Powell
Cinematography Alan Stewart
Edited by Christopher K. Gee
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder
Studios

Village Roadshow Pictures
Josephson Entertainment
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date August 26, 2016
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $125 million
Box office $592 million


Disney In The House: Introduction is a 2016 American live-action/computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Chris A. Bailey, Rob Renzetti, and Vixi Anderson in their feature directorial debuts from a screenplay penned by writing duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The film stars Sarah Silverman, Tom Hanks, Max Casella, Owen Laramore (in his film debut), Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin (from archival recordings of child voices), Billy Connolly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed O'Neill, and Michael J. Fox. Set in a world where humans and Disney Characters co-exist in peace, the film centers on Vanellope von Schweetz, whose dream of making her own family comes true as she makes a family and goes on an adventure of her life despite the cantankerous nature of the cynical cowboy Woody.

Produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios, Village Roadshow Pictures and Barry Josephson's Josephson Entertainment, Disney In The House: Introduction was released theatrically in the United States on August 26, 2016 by Walt Disney Pictures. It grossed $592 million worldwide against its $125 million budget and was universally acclaimed by critics for its heartwarming story, the performances of Silverman, Hanks, Fanning, and Laramore, the CGI animation on the Disney characters, and Hans Zimmer and John Powell's musical score. The film's success led to ten sequels, beginning with Disney In The House: 4th Of July in 2017 and ending with Disney In The House: Big City Vacation in 2020.

Plot

Humans and Disney characters co-exist in harmony in Disneyville, the most magical star in the sky. Mayor Lawrence Pierce and his adviser, Mr. Ziploc the plastic bowl take Vanellope von Schweetz and her pet iguana Iggy on a history tour and introduce them to Judy Hopps, Hank, and Woody. When they build shelter for Woody, Vanellope tells them her tragic backstory of when poachers arrested her former friend Banana; Vanellope has been wanting to make her own family ever since.

They are invited to visit to the Hader's Kingdom, much to Woody's disgruntlement since he thinks Disneyville is not real. King Marcus, the ruler of the Hader's Kingdom, greets the gang and welcomes them. After introducing them to his son, Conrad, they spy on Conrad's sister Sally's singing about longing to marry her brother. Vanellope comforts Sally and vows to help her. When they meet Conrad, they convince him to bond with Sally, to which he agrees. During this time, Sally and Conrad develop a romantic relationship.

Shortly afterward, they plan to have the wedding at River Gazaboo, Disneyville's most famous view point. Fed up with Vanellope's behavior, Woody refuses to help with rehearsals and furiously admonishes the group, saying Sally and Conrad are too young to be married and that his perfect life being ruined was all Vanellope's fault. Vanellope and her family are upset by Woody's behavior and leave him. Upon reaching River Gazaboo, Vanellope comes face-to-face with Banana, who lets the poachers arrest her as revenge for abandoning him when he was taken.

In jail, Vanellope learns from a talking skeleton named Skull Housetall that Banana's pet dragon is headed for the Hader's Kingdom to eat and Sally and Conrad. Woody, having had a change of heart after revealing to Vanellope's family that he became overcautious and cynical after losing his job years ago, frees Vanellope and apologizes to her, and the two reconcile. Back at the Hader's Kingdom, Vanellope confronts Banana and convinces him to do the right thing: help her save the Hader's Kingdom and prove he is still a good banana at heart.

The dragon attacks the Hader's Kingdom. Using Sally and Conrad as bait, Vanellope and Banana lure the dragon out of the Hader's Kingdom. The poachers block their path, intending to put Vanellope back in jail, but they are saved by the arrival of Woody, Judy, and Hank. When they approach the kingdom's viaduct, which crumbles underneath the dragon's weight, Sally and Banana almost fall over the edge, with Vanellope holding onto them. Knowing Vanellope can not save them both, Banana sacrifices himself, allowing Vanellope to save Sally.

With Disneyville saved, Sally and Conrad finally share a kiss and get married, and the viaduct is rebuilt three days later. Vanellope, Woody, Judy, Hank, Lawrence, Mr. Ziploc, and Iggy bid a heartfelt farewell to Sally, Conrad, and Marcus. When Vanellope and her friends return home, they become a family.

Cast

  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, an adorable, high-spirited, and heroic adolescent with a Canadian accent who is a resident of Disneyville.
  • Tom Hanks as Woody, a well-meaning but overcautious and cynical Disney character who has mistrusted Disneyville as "childish nonsense" since losing his job years ago, but eventually realizes the delights of Disneyville's reality.
  • Dakota Fanning as Sally Hader, the pretty, elegant, and graceful princess of the Hader's Kingdom and Conrad's younger sister.
  • Spencer Breslin as Conrad Hader, the handsome, good-hearted, and compassionate prince of the Hader's Kingdom and Sally's older brother.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps, an anthropomorphic bunny who wears a police uniform and is a resident of Disneyville.
  • Owen Laramore as Lawrence Broderick Pierce, an easygoing and optimistic know-it-all who is the mayor of Disneyville.
  • Michael J. Fox as Mr. Ziploc, an anthropomorphic flying plastic bowl who is Lawrence's news messenger.
  • Max Casella as Banana, an anthropomorphic banana and Vanellope's former friend who was taken by illegal poachers.
  • Billy Connolly as Marcus III Hader, the optimistic and elderly ruler of the Hader's Kingdom and Conrad and Sally's father.
  • Ed O'Neill as Hank, an anthropomorphic red octopus with seven tentacles who is Disneyville's greatest septopus stuntman.
  • Frank Welker as Iggy, Vanellope's pet iguana who can only communicate through chittering.
  • Sam Shepard as Commander, the ruthless leader of the illegal poachers.
  • Andy Dick as Skull Housetall, a Swedish-accented skeleton who warns Vanellope about Banana's evil plan.

Box office

In the United States, Disney In The House: Introduction was released alongside Mechanic: Resurrection, and was projected to gross $150--175 million in its opening weekend. It grossed $290 million in the United States and Canada, and $302 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $592 million at the end of the theatrical run on January 26, 2017.

Critical response

Disney In The House: Introduction was universally loved by critics and audiences alike. It has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 200 reviews. The consensus reads, "Full of classic family entertainment, eye-popping CGI animation, and a thrilling cast, Disney In The House: Introduction marks a successful film debut for Walt Disney Wonder Studios and stays true to the spirit of Disney's classics". Metacritic signed the film to a score of 90 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale.

Ty Burr of The Boston Globe gave the film 5 out of 5 stars, saying, "Disney In The House: Introduction is the greatest movie of all-time. It is capable of captivating kids". Alison Willmore of Vulture called the film "surprisingly sensational". According to Sarah Silverman's performance of Vanellope von Schweetz, Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun Times gave the film "Two Thumbs Up" and wrote, "There's no protagonist better than Vanellope". Anthony Lane of New Yorker wrote, "Using Dakota Fanning's child voice from archive recordings is just a nicer idea than I can ever imagine". Leonard Maltin of Entertainment Tonight called the film "clever and laugh-out-loud funny". Tim Grierson of Paste wrote, "Disney In The House: Introduction is irresistible".

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