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Disney In The House: Oceans
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick
Produced by Barry Josephson
Screenplay by Roger S. H. Schulman
Story by Karey Kirkpatrick
Bradley Raymond
Jeffrey M. Howard
Starring Sarah Silverman
Iris Apatow
Gwyneth Paltrow
Ginnifer Goodwin
Whoopi Goldberg
Kirsten Dunst
Owen Laramore
Dakota Fanning
Ed O'Neill
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Larry Fong
Edited by William J. Caparella
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder
Studios

Village Roadshow Pictures
Josephson Entertainment
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date February 28, 2020
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $175 million
Box office $312 million


Disney In The House: Oceans is a 2020 American live-action/computer-animated fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios, Village Roadshow Pictures, and Josephson Entertainment, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick from a screenplay by Roger S. H. Schulman, it serves as the sequel to Disney In The House: World Animals and the tenth installment in the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe. Sarah Silverman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dakota Fanning (from archive recordings of her child voice), Owen Laramore, 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 February 28, 2020. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with the visual effects, production values, and performances receiving praise, while others found it simple and clichéd compared to previous films in the series. The film has grossed $312 million worldwide on a $175 budget. A sequel, Disney In The House: Big City Vacation, was released on May 14, 2021.

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.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps, a resident of Disneyville and one of Vanellope's best friends.
  • Dakota Fanning as Beth Pierce, Lawrence's younger sister and one of Vanellope's friends.
  • Ed O'Neill as Hank, Disneyville's greatest septopus and one of Vanellope's friends.
  • 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.
  • 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

The film opened on February 26, 2020, and grossed $250 million in its opening weekend, including $105 million from its first day of release. It has earned $153 million in North America and $159 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $312 million. Produced on a $175 million budget, it performed less than Disney had estimated, but was still considered profitable and successful, though standing as the lowest-grossing film in the series, until Disney In The House: Big City Vacation grossed $115 million in 2021.

Critical response

Disney In The House: Oceans received mixed reviews from critics, with an 34% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The site's consensus reads, "Disney In The House: Oceans boast some spellbinding visuals, but often seems content to trade creative ideas for a tired exercise in recycling ideas from the previous films". On Metacritic, it has an average score of 45 out of 100 based on 40 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.

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