|Disney In The House: Introduction|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chris A. Bailey|
|Produced by||Tracy Balthazor-Flynn|
|Screenplay by||Scott Alexander|
|Story by||Chris A. Bailey|
Michael J. Fox
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Edited by||Christopher K. Gee|
|Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Wonder
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
|Release date||October 18, 2016|
|Running time||110 minutes|
|Box office||$688 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. John Lasseter served as the film's executive producer. The film stars the voices of Sarah Silverman, Tom Hanks, Ginnifer Goodwin, Michael J. Fox, Max Casella, and Ed O'Neill, with Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin (from archive recordings of their voices), Owen Laramore (in his film debut), Chris Rock, and Billy Connolly (in his final film role before his retirement in 2020) in live-action roles. 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 takes on a series of adventures.
Produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios as its first film, Disney In The House: Introduction was released theatrically in the United States on October 18, 2016 by Walt Disney Pictures. It grossed $688 million worldwide against its $90--95 million budget and was critically acclaimed 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, with a rare 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture.
The film's success led to nine sequels: Disney In The House: 4th Of July, Disney In The House: Christmas, Disney In The House: Wild Wild West, Disney In The House: Musical Melody, 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 July 4, 2017, December 26, 2017, May 11, 2018, December 25, 2018, March 3, 2019, June 13, 2019, September 23, 2019, December 23, 2019, and February 25, 2020.
Humans and Disney characters co-exist in harmony in Disneyville, the most magical star in the sky. Mayor Lawrence Pierce and Mr. Ziploc take Vanellope von Schweetz and her pet iguana Iggy on a history tour and introduce them to Judy Hopps, Hank, Woody, Agent P, and the Little Green Men. 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. A knight named Murray hitches them on a ride to the Hader's Kingdom, much to Woody's disgruntlement.
King Marcus, the ruler of the Hader's Kingdom, greets the gang. 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. Believing Sally is too young to be married and that Disneyville does not exist, Woody vents frustration with Vanellope, revealing he became pessimistic and irrational after his neighbor was killed by dragon. Vanellope comforts Woody, who finally agrees to help Sally marry Conrad. After a successful date at the kingdom's pizza place, the group helps a spy named Agent Gadget retrieve three gemstones out of the hands of a murderous outlaw couple named Ginny and Alan.
By the time they arrive at Ginny and Alan's lair, the dragon chases them, but they narrowly escape. Conrad takes Sally for a rowboat ride across a lagoon, and the two kiss. While looking for a way back to the Hader's Kingdom, Vanellope comes across Banana, who reveals that his plan was to lure her to the poachers to be arrested, as revenge for abandoning him when his youthful heist went bad. After a few pleas from her next-door neighbor Marka to face the consequences, Vanellope turns herself in. In jail, a skeleton named Skull Housetown informs Vanellope that the dragon is headed for the Hader's Kingdom. Realizing Banana intended to destroy Disneyville all along, Vanellope escapes jail, with help from Woody, who has finally realized that Disneyville truly exists.
Vanellope, Judy, Hank, Woody, Sally, Conrad, Gadget, Mr. Ziploc, Lawrence, Iggy, Agent P, and the Little Green Men return to the Hader's Kingdom to tell Marcus about the situation. The dragon arrives at that moment, under Banana's commands. Banana reveals Gadget's unintentional duplicity to Vanellope and the others, because he was secretly working for Banana and was not a real spy. As Vanellope and the others turn hostile towards him, Gadget asks for their trust, having had a change of heart. Enraged, Banana tries to kill Vanellope, but is apprehended by Woody and is crushed to death. Using Sally as bait, Vanellope and Gadget lure the dragon to his death. The bridge crumbles as the dragon is killed, and Vanellope grabs the rope Sally and Gadget are holding. Gadget resigns himself to his fate, lets go of the rope to sacrifice himself, giving Vanellope enough time to save Sally and Disneyville.
Vanellope is praised for her heroism by everyone, including Woody. Three days after Conrad and Sally finally marry, the bridge is rebuilt, and Vanellope and the gang bid the kids a heartwarming farewell and head home. Vanellope finally makes her family, and Woody moves back into the city and becomes Vanellope's next-door neighbor. The film ends with everyone in Disneyville celebrating as the song "We Are Family" plays.
- 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 over cautious and domesticated Disney character who has mistrusted Disneyville as "childish nonsense" since losing his neighbor to a dragon and is cold-hearted towards Vanellope, but eventually realizes the delights of Disneyville's reality and softens up to her.
- 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. He is later revealed to be a mean-spirited and sadistic villain with a plot to assasinate Vanellope and take over Disneyville.
- Chris Rock as Agent Gadget, a super spy. He is later turned out to be a duplicitous bounty hunter sent by Banana, but he is actually nice and careful. Robert Downey Jr. was considered for the role, but had to drop out.
- Billy Connolly as Marcus III Hader, the optimistic and elderly ruler of the Hader's Kingdom and Conrad and Sally's father who has a Scottish accent.
- 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.
- Dee Bradley Baker as The Little Green Men, residents of Disneyville who are the most excited about Vanellope's dream. Baker also voices Agent P, a citizen of Disneyville and a platypus who is good partners with the Little Green Men.
- Samantha Morton and Sam Elliott as Ginny and Alan, a murderous outlaw husband and wife couple.
- David Krumholtz as Murray, a knight who invites Vanellope and her family to the Hader's Kingdom.
- Miguel Ferrer as Commander, the ruthless leader of the illegal poachers. This was the last live-action role for Ferrer before his death on January 19, 2017.
- Helena Bonham Carter as Marka, Vanellope's next door neighbor.
- Andy Dick as Skull Housetall, a Swedish-accented skeleton who warns Vanellope about Banana's evil plan.
The film opened on October 18, 2016, and was projected to gross $100-110 million in its opening weekend. It grossed $300 million in the United States and Canada, and $388 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $688 million at the end of the theatrical run on January 26, 2017.
Disney In The House: Introduction was universally loved by critics and audiences alike. It has a 100% 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". Metacritic signed the film to a score of 93 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".