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Disney In The House: Oceans
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Mitchell
Produced by Stephen Swofford
Screenplay by Roger S. H. Schulman
Story by Bradley Raymond
Jeffrey M. Howard
Roger S. H. Schulman
Starring Sarah Silverman
Iris Apatow
Owen Laramore
Gwyneth Paltrow
Dakota Fanning
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ed O'Neill
Kirsten Dunst
Whoopi Goldberg
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Edited by William J. Caparella
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder
Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date August 19, 2022
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million
Box office $658 million


Disney In The House: Oceans is a 2022 American computer-animated fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Mike Mitchell from a screenplay by Roger S. H. Schulman, it serves as the sequel to 2021's Disney In The House: Easter Egg Hunt and the eleventh installment in the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe. Sarah Silverman, Owen Laramore, Dakota Fanning (from archive recordings of her child voice), Ginnifer Goodwin, and Ed O'Neill reprise their roles from the first nine films alongside new additions to the cast including Iris Apatow, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst, and Whoopi Goldberg. In the film, Vanellope von Schweetz becomes a mermaid for 24 hours and is accompanied by the underwater kingdom's soon-to-be-queen Lily Polliwogs as she sets out to defeat an evil mermaid named O'Malley, who intends to take over the ocean.

Disney In The House: Oceans was released theatrically in the United States on August 19, 2022 after being delayed from its January 2021 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film grossed over $658 million worldwide against its $150 budget, and received positive reviews from critics, with many considering it an improvement over its predecessor and praised its animation, performances, visuals, and musical score. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, losing to Owen Laramore Productions' New York City. A sequel, Disney In The House: Basketball, was released on August 25, 2023.

Plot

By the end of summer in Disneyville, Vanellope Von Schweetz, Judy Hopps, Beth Pierce, Hank, and Lawrence Pierce make a trip to Disneyville Beach. Vanellope tries to get across the ocean, but is washed away. They hitch a submarine ride with its driver, Roger Redford. A young teenage mermaid named Lily and her dolphin friend Blowhole spot the submarine and meet Vanellope and the others.

A hammerhead shark named Hax chases them. Vanellope puts on a crown that transforms her into a mermaid for 24 hours. Merci, the queen of the mermaid kingdom and Lily's mother, has Lilly keep her safe and out of trouble, doubting Vanellope's potential because she is from the land. Vanellope decides to solve three missing sea creatures and defeat the evil Marina O'Malley. O'Malley was banished from the kingdom by Merci for her evildoing and plots to get revenge on Merci.

Meanwhile, Judy decides they should search for Vanellope. Suddenly, the submarine fills up with water. Judy, Beth, Lawrence, Hank, and Roger escape and get to the surface before it explodes, bringing a life raft in the process. Vanellope and Lily find the missing creatures, but later, Vanellope finds out that Lily was wasting her time as a mermaid to protect her. Disappointed, she swims away from Lily, who is captured by O'Malley. Merci witnesses Lily's capture and informs a still-infuriated Vanellope of O'Malley's evil plan. Feeling remorseful over her argument with Lily, Vanellope enlists the help of Merci and Blowhole to follow O'Malley and save Lily.

Merci demands Lily's release by agreeing to take her daughter's place as O'Malley's prisoner, giving up her trident and losing her power and authority over the Mermaid Kingdom. O'Malley steals the trident and tries to kill Vanellope, but Lily intervenes, causing O'Malley to inadvertently kill Hax. Judy, Beth, Hank, Lawrence, and Roger appear with the help of a blue whale. O'Malley causes a raging storm in which Vanellope steals the trident and gives it back to Merci. Merci regains her power and defeats O'Malley, and Lily and Vanellope reconcile.

With O'Malley gone, the Mermaid Kingdom goes back to normal. At sunrise, Lily asks Vanellope to join the mermaids. Vanellope respectfully declines and gives Lily the crown, and happily turns into her natural form. Lily presents Vanellope with a seashell necklace. The two share a hug and bid each other a heartfelt farewell. Back on the beach, Vanellope, Judy, Beth, Hank, and Lawrence say goodbye to Roger and decide to go to the Disneyville Aquarium, while Hank goes to his stunt show. In the Mermaid Kingdom, Lily is crowned the new queen of the mermaids.

In a mid-credits scene, the gang is at the aquarium, and Judy tries to take a picture of seals, but they bark and throw fish at her, much to her dismay.

Cast

  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, a resident of Disneyville.
  • Iris Apatow as Lily Polliwogs, Merci's teenage daughter and the princess of the Mermaid Kingdom.
  • Owen Laramore as Lawrence Pierce, the mayor of Disneyville and Beth's older brother.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow as Mariana O'Malley, an exiled evil mermaid, who plots to destroy the Mermaid Kingdom to make a home for her sharks.
  • Dakota Fanning as Beth Pierce, Lawrence's younger sister and one of Vanellope's friends.
  • 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 one of Vanellope's friends.
  • Kirsten Dunst as Blowhole, a dolphin and Lily's best friend.
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Merci Polliwogs, the queen of the Mermaid Kingdom and Lily's mother.
  • Brian d'James Arcy as Roger Redford, a submarine driver.
  • Andy Dick as Hax, a hammerhead shark who chases the submarine.

Box office

In The United States and Canada, Disney In The House: Oceans was released alongside The Invisible Man, and was projected to gross $123 million in its opening weekend. After grossing $190 million in its opening weekend, including $115 million from its first day of release, it has earned $310 million in North America and $348 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $658 million. Produced on a $150 million budget, it was still commercially profitable and successful.

Critical response

Disney In The House: Oceans received positive reviews from critics, with an 84% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The site's consensus reads, "Boasting well-realized animation and improving over the series' previous installment, Disney In The House: Oceans splashes into a sea of entertainment for younger viewers". On Metacritic, it has an average score of 76 out of 100 based on 51 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.

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