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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 seventh 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.

Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp
Return To Adventure Camp

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Wes Anderson
Produced by Gary Marsh
Gary Krisel
Screenplay by Roger S.H. Schulman
Wes Anderson
Story by David Gordon Green
Wes Anderson
Gary Marsh
Gary Krisel
Starring Sarah Silverman
Ginnifer Goodwin
Dakota Fanning
Ozzy Osbourne
Lulu Wilson
Glenn Close
Stellan Skarsgãrd
Andy Dick
Kevin Hart
Derek Stephen Prince
Bryan Cranston
Jamie Kennedy
Jeffrey Tambor
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Thomas E. Ackerman
Jase Ricci
Edited by H. Lee Peterson
Production company Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder Studios
American Empirical Pictures
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date September 13, 2019
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $145 million
Box office $377 million


Released theatrically on September 13, 2019, the film received mainly positive reviews from critics for its emotional story, dramatic tone, humor, and performances, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film has grossed $377 million on a $145 million budget.

Two sequels, Disney In The House: World Animals, and Disney In The House: Oceans, were released on December 23, 2019 and February 25, 2020.

Plot

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. On the first day, Vanellope and Beth race on bikes to find the first present. Vanellope zooms into the lead, but is knocked off the track by a humanoid gorila. 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 Annie is a forest warrior with her squirrel sidekick Spark and her moose steed Manny, she explains that the gorilla destroyed Adventure Camp in a fierce battle with her. There is also a rain storm coming and Annie is too busy trying to return Adventure Camp to its heyday, so Vanellope lies by claiming she defeated 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, she 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 becomes disillusioned in the prospect of saving Beth, and Vanellope indirectly insults Annie by saying integrity is something a forest warrior would not understand. Hurt by Vanellope's deception, Annie reneges on the deal and leads the animals back to Adventure Camp, abandoning Vanellope. Alone, Vanellope confronts Polize. Without Polize noticing, Judy frees herself and Beth. Distraught over her selfishness, Vanellope sings Martina McBride's "Anyway" to the sky. Hearing this, Annie and the animals 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. To make it even better, Annie and the animals come to the party, and Vanellope declares that it is time to change the world.

Cast

  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a resident of Disneyville. She is the film's protagonist.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps, a resident of Disneyville and one of Vanellope's best friends. she is the film's tetartagonist.
  • Dakota Fanning as Beth Pierce, a eight-year-old girl who is Lawrence's brother and one of Vanellope's best friends. She is the film's deuteragonist.
  • 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. He is the film's antagonist.
  • Lulu Wilson as Annie Sandoval, a nine-year-old forest warrior who wants to restore Adventure Camp to its former glory. She is the film's tritagonist.
  • 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.
  • Michael J. Fox as Mr. Ziploc, an anthropomorphic plastic bowl and the news messenger of Disneyville.
  • 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
  • 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

Box office

The film grossed $100 million in the United States and Canada, and $277 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on January 10, 2020, after earning $377 million worldwide against its production budget of $185 million.

Critical response

The film holds a 70% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 172 reviews. The consensus reads, "Although it's threading over the same grounds as the Pixar and DreamWorks, Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp has enough emotion and humor to keep children entertained". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, has a score of 63 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 three 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 mixed review, saying, "While it may lack the emotional depth of its predecessor, this seventh installment of a big franchise is enough for children, but may also surprise adults along the way".

Christopher Orr of The Atlantic disliked its similarities to Pixar's Toy Story and DreamWorks' Madagascar. He mainly criticized it for using ideas from other Walt Disney Wonder Studios films. He wrote, "Walt Disney Wonder Studios sometimes just can't make their films enough. With references to both the Toy Story and Madagascar franchises, it's a film that's forgettable".

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