|Disney In The House: Musical Melody|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andrew Adamson|
|Produced by||Helen Kalafatic|
|Screenplay by||Alicia Kirk|
|Story by||Andrew Adamson|
Michael J. Fox
|Music by||Harry Gregson-Williams|
|Edited by||Jim May|
|Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Wonder
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
|Release date||October 26, 2018|
|Running time||113 minutes|
|Box office||$358 million|
Disney In The House: Musical Melody (sometimes known as Disney In The House: Music and released in the United Kingdom as such) is a 2018 American live-action/computer-animated jukebox musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Adamson, it is the sequel to Disney In The House: Wild Wild West and the fifth installment in the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe. In the film's ensemble cast, Sarah Silverman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed O'Neill, Tom Hanks, Travis Oates, Owen Laramore and Michael J. Fox reprise their roles from the first four films with new additions to the cast including Violet Hicks, Ariana Grande, Ashley Tisdale. will.i.am, and Kris Kristofferson. In the film, Vanellope von Schweetz, Judy Hopps, and Hank celebrate spring by accompanying an 11-year-old girl who sets out to overcome her shyness and become a violinist like her famous grandfather.
Disney In The House: Musical Melody premiered in Hollywood on October 2, 2018, and was released in the United States on October 26. The film received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, grossing $358 million worldwide against a $125 million budget. It was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and the Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production. A sequel, Disney In The House: Off To Adventure Camp, was released on March 1, 2019.
11-year-old Melody K. Mothersbaugh dreams of playing a violin in a music show like her grandfather, Marsh. However, she feel unable to pursue her dream because of her atychiphobia, making her violin sound like a cow. One day, her parents announce that she will go to the show on her own.
Meanwhile, Vanellope von Schweetz, Judy Hopps, Hank, Sheriff Woody, Mr. Ziploc, Lawrence Pierce, and Piglet are invited to a magic show at 2000 Pixie Dust Theater. This further offends the audience, since they want a music show, not a magic show. Vanellope performs the dangerous "Ring Of Fire" act to entertain the audience and save the show; however, the act goes awry and the show ends in disaster as 2000 Pixie Dust Theater is burnt and explodes.
Later that night, Vanellope runs into Melody. When Melody reveals her dream of playing the violin in a music show, Vanellope decides to change her show into a music show, bringing along Judy and Hank as they head for Marsh's theater onboard a flying boat called the Flying Nutcracker. Melody gets excited until Judy and Hank inadvertently frighten her when trying to explain a musician's responsibilities. Immediately losing confidence, she tries to turn the Flying Nutcracker home and gets into an argument with Vanellope that causes them to crash and the captain to fall to his death.
Vanellope, Judy, and Hank attempt to cheer Melody up with a medley of pop music, but this leaves Melody further annoyed since the violin is her strong suit, not pop music. Despite an angry Melody's demands that Marsh arrive in person, Vanellope forcibly carries her as she ventures toward Marsh's theater with Judy and Hank. They encounter two anthropomorphic colorful butterflies named Pink and Blue, who offer to help them, having to have overheard their earlier pop medley. When they arrive at the theater, Melody reunites with Marsh, who offers her a role in his show. Marsh introduces her to his friend CJ, a professional rapper.
Vanellope encourages Melody to continue pursuing her dream. Taking the advice, Melody tries to practice her violin, but her atychiphobia gets the better of her once again. The bullies whom Judy argued with earlier attempt to smack Judy, but miss, inadvertently causing the theater to flood. Everyone manages to escape the theater, which comes crashing down. Sadly thinking that she is too purposeless to be cut out for playing the violin for anyone, Melody runs off. Vanellope becomes disappointed over not being able to perform her show until she hears Melody sing, which inspires her to reinstate the show, and the two reconcile.
Along with Woody, Lawrence, Iggy, Mr. Ziploc, and Piglet, Vanellope, Melody, Judy, Pink, Blue, CJ, and Marsh rebuild most of the theater and put on the show, singing their songs as more people are drawn to the scene as the show is broadcast on the news. When it is Melody's turn to perform, Ruth, the bank woman who repossessed the theater lot after its destruction, tells everyone to leave as a punishment for trespassing on private property. Just when it looks as if the show must end, Melody finally overcomes her atychiphobia and plays the violin to a tune by Antonio Vivaldi. The show is a success and Melody enjoys her newfound popularity alongside Vanellope, and the theater is rebuilt and reopened.
- Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a resident of Disneyville.
- Violet Hicks as Melody K. Mothersbaugh, a cowardly yet beautiful 11-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a violinist.
- Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps, a resident of Disneyville and one of Vanellope's friends.
- Ed O'Neill as Hank, Disneyville's greatest stuntman octopus and one of Vanellope's friends.
- Kris Kristofferson as Marsh Mothersbaugh, a country singer and violinist who is Melody's grandfather.
- Ariana Grande and Ashley Tisdale as Pink and Blue, two anthropomorphic butterflies with British accents.
- will.i.am as C.J., a professional rapper and Marsh's friend.
- Tom Hanks as Woody, a resident of Disneyville.
- Owen Laramore as Lawrence Pierce, the mayor of Disneyville.
- Michael J. Fox as Mr. Ziploc, the news messenger of Disneyville.
- Travis Oates as Piglet, a resident of Disneyville.
- Frank Welker as Iggy, Vanellope's pet iguana.
- Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Melody's mom
- Matt LeBlanc as Melody's dad
- Fred Willard as a news anchor who documents Vanellope's music show.
- Mindy Sterling as Ruth, a woman from the bank.
- Andy Dick as Pennyfeather, an anthropomorphic nutcracker and the captain of a flying boat.
- Kelly Asbury as G-Clef, an music note and the mascot of Marsh's theater.
- Jeremy Ray Taylor and Max Charles as two mean-spirited kids who ridicule Judy.
Disney In The House: Musical Melody opened theatrically on October 26, 2018 was projected to gross anywhere around $60--80 million in its opening weekend. The film earned $175 million in the United States and $183 million in other territories, for a total of $359 million worldwide, against a $125 million production budget. It was expected to earn $500 million, but did not attract enough audiences to do so compared to the franchise's classics, thus standing as the lowest-grossing film in the series, until Disney In The House: Oceans earned $111 million worldwide in 2020.
Disney In The House: Musical Melody received mainly positive reviews from film critics, On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 78% approval rating based on 185 reviews. The consensus reads, "Though it may not be one of the best jukebox musical films, Disney In The House: Musical Melody is full of songs and spunky humor that will keep audiences of various ages entertained". Metacritic signed the film to a score of 65 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.
Kaite Walsh of the Los Angeles Times gave the film five stars, saying, "With many smash hit songs, this jukebox musical film makes up for family-friendly entertainment undemanding fans are to enjoy". In his 4/5 star review for The Charlotte Observer, Lawrence Toppman compared the film favorably to Illumination's Sing, saying, "How many songs are there in Disney In The House: Musical Melody compared to Sing? Can't tell. As soon as it starts, you'll be thrilled". In a mixed review, James Berardinelli of ReelViews wrote, "Though it may not quite live up to the standards set by Walt Disney Wonder Studios, younger audiences can depend on Disney In The House: Musical Melody for the best start in music".