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Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Fergus
Hawk Ostby
Produced by Jessica Koplos-Miller
Stephen Swofford
Screenplay by Michael J. Wilson
Story by Mark Fergus
Hawk Ostby
Michael J. Wilson
Elizabeth Anderson
Temple Mathews
Elise D'Haene
Eddie Guzelian
Starring Sarah Silverman
Lulu Wilson
Dakota Fanning
Ozzy Osbourne
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ed O'Neill
Kevin Hart
Jeffrey Tambor
Derek Stephen Prince
Jamie Kennedy
Bryan Cranston
Glenn Close
Andy Dick
Stellan Skarsgård
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 August 23, 2019
Running time 116 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200 million
Box office $1.027 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 Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby in their feature directorial debuts and stars Sarah Silverman, Lulu Wilson, Dakota Fanning (from archive recordings of her child voice), Ozzy Osbourne, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed O'Neill, Kevin Hart, Jeffrey Tambor, Derek Stephen Prince, Jamie Kennedy, Bryan Cranston, Glenn Close, Andy Dick, and Stellan Skarsgård. In the film, Vanellope von Schweetz goes to rescue her friend Beth Pierce from a zealous humanoid gorilla named Polize Parker, and unexpectedly returns to a now-apocalyptic Adventure Camp, where reunites with Annie Sandoval, who is now a forest warrior.

Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp was released theatrically in the United States on August 23, 2019. The film received generally positive reviews from film critics, who praised its character development, emotional depth, performances, 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 February 28, 2020.

Plot

Following the events of the seventh film, Bethany Hayden 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 Broderick 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 and unintentionally end up in the forbidden Haunted Forest, where they are chased by a gorilla. Vanellope escapes, but Beth is 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 a crew consisting of her squirrel sidekick Spark, her moose steed Manny, Bana the bobcat, Barry the grizzly bear, and Randy the rattlesnake, 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, Beth is put into slavery but refuses to work for the gorilla, because the gorilla is planning to ship her to North Dakota for the sake of becoming rich. Meanwhile, Judy Hopps and Hank, having to have figured out the gorilla's identity as the infamous advertiser Polize Parker, go searching for Beth and Vanellope. Vanellope devises a plan: the forest animals will create a diversion while Vanellope will rescue Beth. Unfortunately, despite their progress, the plan eventually fails, and Cat, Cutter, and Carver corner them. In the aftermath of the failed rescue, Annie becomes disillusioned in the prospect of saving Beth after finding out Vanellope unwittingly lied to her and the animals. Feeling betrayed, Annie shuns Vanellope and leads the animals back to Adventure Camp.

Polize locks up Judy and Hank, but she and Beth get the key when Vanellope alone confronts Polize, and use his dinnertime to their advantage to escape. Vanellope, Beth, Hank, 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, having realized integrity is actually what Annie loves the most about Vanellope, 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 over her friend's apparent sacrifice, Beth begins to cry as she, Judy, Hank, Annie, and the forest animals mourn for Vanellope. One of her tears revives Vanellope, reversing the rainstorm, turning the monkeys back into girls, and restoring Adventure Camp, while Annie goes back to being 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, and Annie and the animals come to the party.

Cast

  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a resident of Disneyville.
  • 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.
  • 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 gorilla who destroyed Adventure Camp in a fight with Annie and vows to ship Beth to North Dakota to become rich.
  • 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 best friends.
  • Kevin Hart as Spark, a squirrel who is Annie's sidekick and the animal troupe's brains.
  • Jeffrey Tambor as Manny, a trusty, no-nonsense moose who is Annie's steed.
  • Derek Stephen Prince as Bana, a dimwitted bobcat.
  • Jamie Kennedy as Randy, a good-hearted rattlesnake and Bana's other friend.
  • Bryan Cranston as Barry, a confident grizzly bear who is Bana's friend.
  • Glenn Close, Andy Dick, and Stellan Skarsgård as Cat, Carver, and Cutter, three coyotes who are Polize's henchmen.
  • Owen Laramore as Lawrence Pierce, the mayor of Disneyville and Beth's brother.

Box office

In the United States, Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp was released alongside Overcomer and Angel Has Fallen, and grossed $245 million in its opening weekend. It grossed $510 million in the United States and Canada, and $517 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on November 21, 2019, after earning $1.027 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

Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp holds a 78% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 172 reviews. The consensus reads, "Despite its rather convoluted plot, Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp is a fun follow-up for fans of previous films in Disney In The House Cinematic Universe, thanks to enough emotional depth, good humor, and outstanding performances". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, has a score of 75 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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