Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp is a 2019 American live-action/animated comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The sequel to Disney In The House: Time Travel and the eighth installment in the classic Disney In The House franchise, it was directed by Wes Anderson and centers on Vanellope von Schweetz returning to a now-apocalyptic Adventure Camp after her friend Beth Pierce is abducted by a zealous humanoid gorilla named Polize Parker, and reuniting with her camping friend, Annie Sandoval, who is a forest warrior with a group of woodland animals as she intends to return Adventure Camp to its former glory. The film stars Sarah Silverman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dakota Fanning (from archive recordings of her child voice), Ozzy Osbourne, Lulu Wilson, Glenn Close, Andy Dick, Stellan Skarsgãrd, Kevin Hart, Derek Stephen Prince, Bryan Cranston, Jamie Kennedy, and Jeffrey Tambor. The musical score for Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp was composed by Hans Zimmer. This film marked the final appearances of Mr. Ziploc (voiced by Michael J. Fox) and Iggy (voiced by Frank Welker).
|Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Wes Anderson|
|Produced by||Gary Marsh|
|Screenplay by||Roger S.H. Schulman|
|Story by||David Gordon Green|
Derek Stephen Prince
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Cinematography||Thomas E. Ackerman|
|Edited by||H. Lee Peterson|
|Production company||Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Wonder
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
|Release date||September 13, 2019|
September 27, 2019
(57th New York Film Festival)
|Running time||104 minutes|
|Box office||$566 million|
Released theatrically in the United States on September 13, 2019, the film grossed $566 million worldwide and received mainly positive reviews from critics for its emotional story, intense climax, performances, humor, and heart. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Following the events of Disney In The House: Time Travel, Beth Pierce is turning eight years old because her birthday is coming in four days, and her best friend, Vanellope von Schweetz, and her older brother, Lawrence Pierce, are willing to keep everything perfect. News messenger Mr. Ziploc is retiring, and Vanellope is also appointed as his replacement. On the first day, Vanellope and Beth race on bikes to find the first present. Vanellope zooms into the lead and finds a teddy bear to give as a present, but ends up in the forbidden Haunted Forest, where she is knocked off the track by a humanoid gorilla. Beth rushes to recover her best friend before being abducted by the gorilla, who then returns to his aircraft and flies off, accidentally dropping one of his swords overboard. Judy sees this and rushes to tell Lawrence.
Vanellope tries to follow the gorilla and ends up in Adventure Camp, which is now abandoned and apocalyptic. She zooms into the forest to track Beth. She finds herself face-to-face with the gorilla's three coyote henchmen: Cat, Cutter, and Carver. She tells them she is looking for Beth, but they chase her after she finds the sword. Annie Sandoval, who befriended Vanellope during the events of Disney In The House: Off To Adventure Camp, rescues Vanellope, and Cat, Cutter, and Carver retreat.
Since the gorilla turned Adventure Camp into an apocalyptic wasteland in a fierce battle with Annie, she is now a forest warrior with her squirrel sidekick Spark and her moose steed Manny, and there is also a rain storm coming. Annie is too busy trying to return Adventure Camp to its heyday, so Vanellope claims to have fought the gorilla once and offers a deal: Annie will help her rescue Beth so she can restore Adventure Camp by rainfall, to which they sternly agree. In Polize's lair, Beth abandons the chores he set her to do and harshly lambastes the gorilla for ruining her birthday, as he is planning to ship her to North Dakota to become rich. Meanwhile, Judy, having to have figured out the gorilla's identity as Polize Parker, goes searching for Beth and Vanellope, followed by Bana Bobcat, Barry Bear, and Randy Rattlesnake. Vanellope devises a plan: the forest animals will create a diversion while Vanellope will rescue Beth. Unfortunately, the plan fails, and Cat, Cutter, and Carver grab Judy.
In the aftermath of the failed rescue, Annie, upset that Vanellope practically lied to her, becomes disillusioned in the prospect of saving Beth, and Vanellope indirectly insults Annie by saying integrity is something a forest warrior would not understand. Furious and hurt over Vanellope's deception, Annie reneges on the deal and leads the animals back to Adventure Camp. Alone and still in possession of Beth's teddy bear, Vanellope confronts Polize. Without Polize noticing, Judy frees herself and Beth. Mr. Ziploc encourages her to believe in herself, then disintegrates. This leaves Vanellope so emotionally strained that she almost succumbs to madness. Distraught over her selfishness, Vanellope sings Martina McBride's "Anyway" to the sky. Hearing this, Annie and the animals realize integrity is actually what Annie loves the most about Vanellope and go back to help. Vanellope, Beth, and Judy slip through the booth vault to meet up with Annie. However, Polize intercepts them, puts Beth in a crate and is about to ship her to North Dakota, but is stymied by the rain storm Annie predicted. Angry that his plan failed, Polize, Cat, Carver, and Cutter try to kill Beth, but Vanellope, Judy, Annie, and the animals subdue them.
Polize fights Vanellope in his lair and backs her towards a lava pit to try and kill her. She is not fooled, confessing that she was made to save worlds of all kinds and luring Polize, Cat, Cutter, and Carver into the lava pit, resulting in the villains' deaths and the lair's destruction. Judy, Annie, and the animals run to the now destroyed lair, only to find Beth crying over an unconscious Vanellope. Vanellope redeems herself and uses her new power to restore Adventure Camp, and Annie is turned back to a camper. Delighted to have her friend back, Beth embraces Vanellope.
Back at the camp, Vanellope and Annie share a bittersweet goodbye. Vanellope, Beth, and Judy head back to Disneyville, and Beth's birthday party goes on as planned. Vanellope gives the teddy bear to Beth and names it "Puppy". Annie and the animals come to the party, and Vanellope declares that it is time to change the world.
- Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a resident of Disneyville.
- Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps, a resident of Disneyville and one of Vanellope's best friends.
- Dakota Fanning as Beth Pierce, a eight-year-old girl, Lawrence's brother and one of Vanellope's best friends.
- Ozzy Osbourne as Polize Parker, a broke, zealous, and cold-hearted humanoid gorilla who destroyed Adventure Camp in a fight with Annie and vows to ship Beth to North Dakota to become rich.
- Lulu Wilson as Annie Sandoval, a nine-year-old camp who is a forest warrior who seeks to restore Adventure Camp to its former glory.
- Glenn Close, Stellan Skarsgãrd, and Andy Dick as Cat, Cutter, and Carver, three coyotes who are in a league with Polize.
- Kevin Hart as Spark, a squirrel who is Annie's sidekick and the animal troupe's brains.
- Derek Stephen Prince as Bana, a dimwitted bobcat.
- Bryan Cranston as Barry, a confident grizzly bear who is Bana's friend.
- Jamie Kennedy as Randy, a good-hearted rattlesnake and Bana's other friend.
- Jeffrey Tambor as Manny, a trusty, no-nonsense moose who is Annie's steed.
- Ed O'Neill as Hank, Disneyville's greatest septopus and one of Vanellope's best friends.
- Frank Welker as Iggy, an iguana and Vanellope's pet. This film marked his final appearance.
- Michael J. Fox as Mr. Ziploc, an anthropomorphic plastic bowl and the news messenger of Disneyville. This film marked his final appearance.
- Owen Laramore as Lawrence Pierce, the mayor of Disneyville and Beth's brother.
- Dan Castellaneta as a hound who keeps intruders out of Polize's lair.
- Jim Hanks as Woody, a resident of Disneyville. He was voiced by Tom Hanks in the first seven films.
- Gary Owen as Buzz Ligthyear
- Jessica DiCicco as Jessie
- Kristen Bell as Anna
- Idina Menzel as Elsa
- Josh Gad as Olaf
- Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde
- John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph
The film grossed $200 million in the United States and Canada, and $366 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on January 10, 2020, after earning $566 million worldwide against its production budget of $200 million.
The film holds a 73% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 172 reviews. The consensus reads, "A fun follow-up for fans of previous films in Walt Disney Wonder Studios' biggest franchise, Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp has enough emotional depth to attract moviegoers of all ages". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, has a score of 65 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.
Kyle Smith of the New York Post called the film "better than Disney In The House: 4th Of July". Richard Larson of Slant gave the film four and a half stars, praising the performance of Ozzy Osbourne as Polize Parker. John Anderson of Wall Street Journal praised the humor and Hans Zimmer's musical score but felt it added a little nothing new to the series. Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun Times gave the film "Two Thumbs Up". Stephanie Zacherek of Salon gave the film a positive review, saying, "Heartfelt. fast-paced, and whimsical, Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp easily lives up to its potential". Michael Dougherty of IGN gave the film a favorable review, saying, "This eighth installment of a big franchise is enough for children, but may also surprise adults along the way".
Christopher Orr of The Atlantic was controversial about the film and felt the screenplay was utterly opposed to and undermined Disney In The House: Time Travel and Disney In The House: Off To Adventure Camp. He further criticized the film for prioritizing its comedy and wrote, "Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp may rip-off several installments in this film series from Disney; As a mixture of Time Travel and Off To Adventure Camp, it's a film that's oversentimental".