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Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alan F. Horn
Produced by Jessica Koplos-Miller
Screenplay by Michael J. Wilson
Story by Elizabeth Anderson
Temple Mathews
Elise D'Haene
Eddie Guzelian
Starring Sarah Silverman
Ginnifer Goodwin
Dakota Fanning
Ozzy Osbourne
Lulu Wilson
Glenn Close
Andy Dick
Stellan Skarsgård
Kevin Hart
Derek Stephen Prince
Bryan Cranston
Jamie Kennedy
Jeffrey Tambor
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Thomas E. Ackerman
Edited by Antonio F. Rocco
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder
Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date September 13, 2019
Running time 116 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200 million
Box office $1.024 billion


Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp is a 2019 American live-action/computer-animated action adventure film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The sequel to Disney In The House: Time Travel and the eighth installment in the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe, it was directed by Alan F. Horn in his directorial debut and stars Sarah Silverman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dakota Fanning (from archive recordings of her child voice), Ozzy Osbourne, Lulu Wilson, Glenn Close, Andy Dick, Stellan Skarsgård, Kevin Hart, Derek Stephen Prince, Bryan Cranston, Jamie Kennedy, and Jeffrey Tambor. In the film, Vanellope von Schweetz (who is to replace the retired Mr. Ziploc as the news messenger) goes to rescue her friend Beth Pierce from a zealous humanoid gorilla named Polize Parker.

Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp was released theatrically in the United States on September 13, 2019. The film received generally positive reviews from film critics, who praised its character development, emotional depth, intense climax, performances, humor, and Hans Zimmer's musical score. It grossed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the third Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to gross $1 billion after Disney In The House: 4th Of July and Disney In The House: Time Travel (the latter of which was released the same year). A sequel, Disney In The House: World Animals, was released on December 27, 2019.

Plot

Following the events of the seventh film, 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. Since former news messenger Mr. Ziploc retired, Vanellope is appointed as his replacement. On the first day, Vanellope and Beth race on bikes to find the first present. Vanellope 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 his sword overboard.

Vanellope tries to follow the gorilla and ends up in Adventure Camp, which is now deserted 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 the gorilla's lair, It is revealed that the gorilla is planning to ship her to North Dakota to become rich. After a her one-hour confinement in addition to an argument with the gorilla, Beth nearly succumbs to madness. Meanwhile, Judy Hopps, having to have figured out the gorilla's identity as Polize Parker, goes searching for Beth and Vanellope, followed by Bana the bobcat, Barry the grizzly bear, and Randy the 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, the animals are hurt, and Annie becomes disillusioned in the prospect of saving Beth after finding out Vanellope lied to her and practically endangered her and the animals. Vanellope has a falling-out with Annie and inaccidentally insults Annie by saying integrity is something a forest warrior would not understand. Feeling betrayed, Annie shuns Vanellope and leads the animals back to Adventure Camp. A discouraged Vanellope hangs her head with guilt over everything her selfishness has caused between her and Annie.

Polize locks up Judy, but she and Beth escape after getting the key and taking advantage of Polize's dinnertime. Judy and Beth tell Vanellope that she has done what's best for everyone and anything is possible with teamwork, restoring her confidence. Meanwhile, Annie realizes integrity is actually what Annie loves the most about Vanellope and regrets her decision to leave Vanellope. Vanellope, Beth, and Judy discover that Polize turned the young girls he kidnapped into monkeys and put them in crates bound for North Dakota. Annie and the animals apologize to Vanellope, and they reconcile. Learning that Polize is terrified of lava, Vanellope plans to lure him to the lava pit in his lair. However, Polize intercepts Vanellope and Judy and grabs Beth. He is about to turn Beth into a monkey, but is stymied by the rain storm Annie predicted. Beth attacks and subdues Polize, enabling Vanellope to lure Polize to the lava pit. Polize fights Vanellope in his lair and backs her towards the lava pit to try and kill her for foiling his plan. She defends herself by confessing that she was made to save worlds of all kinds and ordering Polize to leave Adventure Camp forever. Polize refuses and he and his coyotes attack, but miss, resulting in the villains' deaths and the lair's destruction.

Everyone escapes, but Vanellope is knocked unconscious by the explosion. Distraught, Beth begins to cry as she, Judy, Annie, and the forest animals mourn for Vanellope. One of her tears revives Vanellope, reversing the rainstorm and restoring Adventure Camp, while Annie is turned back to a camper. 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 becomes the news messenger of Disneyville and gives a teddy bear to Beth. Annie and the animals come to the party, and in a voice-over, Vanellope declares that it is time to change the world.

Cast

  • 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 Skarsgård, 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.
  • Owen Laramore as Lawrence Pierce, the mayor of Disneyville and Beth's brother.
  • Jim Hanks as Woody, a resident of Disneyville. He was voiced by Tom Hanks in the first seven films.

Box office

The film opened on September 13, 2019 and grossed $200 million in its opening weekend. It grossed $472 million in the United States and Canada, and $550 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on December 12, 2019, after earning $1.024 billion worldwide against its production budget of $200 million, making it the third Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to gross $1 billion. It broke several box office records including being the third highest-grossing Walt Disney Wonder Studios film and the eleventh highest-grossing film of 2019.

Critical response

The film holds a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 172 reviews. The consensus reads, "A fun follow-up for fans of previous films in Disney In The House Cinematic Universe, Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp has enough emotional depth, good humor, and outstanding performances to attract moviegoers of any age". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, has a score of 75 out of 100 based on 41 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.