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Disney In The House: Time Travel
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Pink
Produced by David W. King
Stephen Swofford
Jenni-Magee Cook
Screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller
Story by Steve Pink
Ashley Edward Miller
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
Starring Sarah Silverman
Ben Stiller
Dakota Fanning
Neil Patrick Harris
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ed O'Neill
Billy Crystal
Bobby Cannavale
Jon Voight
Edward James Olmos
John Turturro
Damon Wayans Jr.
Frank Oz
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Peter Lyons Collister
Edited by Craig McKay
Arthur D. Noda
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder
Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date April 19, 2019
Running time 112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200 million
Box office $1.504 billion


Disney In The House: Time Travel is a 2019 American live-action/computer-animated science fiction comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Steve Pink from a screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller, it is the sequel to Disney In The House: Off To Adventure Camp and the seventh installment in the Disney In The House Cinematic Universe. It stars Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Dakota Fanning (from archive recordings of her child voice), Neil Patrick Harris, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed O'Neill, Billy Crystal, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Voight, Edward James Olmos, John Turturro, Damon Wayans Jr., and Frank Oz. In the film, Vanellope von Schweetz, Judy Hopps, and Hank join Beth Pierce, Creasy Corden, Rexy the Tyrannosaurus, and Ryan the caterpillar on a quest to find four artifacts that will defeat their nemesis, Gear Gremlin. Along the way, the three learn Disneyville is Beth's real home and that she is Lawrence Pierce's sister who is destined to reunite with him.

Disney In The House: Time Travel was released theatrically in the United States on April 19, 2019 to universal acclaim, with critics praising its screenplay, visual effects, production values, performances, emotional depth, and David Newman's musical score. The film went on to surpass Disney In The House: 4th Of July as the highest-grossing Walt Disney Wonder Studios film and the third highest-grossing film of 2019, earning $556 million in its opening weekend and eventually earning a collective total $1.5 billion worldwide, against a $200 million production budget. It was nominated for Best Visual Effects, Best Picture, and Best Sound Editing at the 92nd Academy Awards (as one of the last to be nominated for Best Sound Editing), and was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. A sequel, Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp, was released on August 23, 2019.

Plot

Vanellope von Schweetz, Judy Hopps, and Hank play around Disneyville. The next day, they encounter a time traveler named Creasy Corden. Creasy introduces them to his teammates: a blue Tyrannosaurus and caterpillar duo named Rexy and Ryan, and a seven-year-old named Beth Pierce. Lawrence Pierce, Disneyville's mayor who Beth has a crush on, finds Creasy's pet dog Nevins lost again, and returns him to the group. They hitch a ride on the Disneyville Express to Creasy's shed, which is a museum full of historical objects Creasy collected.

Vanellope, Judy, Hank, Beth, Creasy, Rexy, and Ryan try to use Creasy's old time machine combined with his hot air balloon, but before they can go any further, an army of anthropomorphic blue beans knock them down before realizing they mistook them for Gear, a sadistic blue gremlin who attacks them on "Battle-Ready Monday", an yearly occasion in which he attacks the beans, as he intends to take over the world by collecting the Collectibles, three sophisticated objects found only in three dimensions across time and space. Gear and his bear henchmen, Drug Bear, Dug Bear, and Rug Bear, arriving in their UFO, attack the beans, but is intervened by Vanellope and flies off in frustration, vowing revenge in Creasy.

Using Creasy's DeLorean time machine, Vanellope, Judy, Hank, Creasy, Beth, Rexy, and Ryan successfully obtain the Collectibles from the Colosseum during Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and a child's birthday party. Meanwhile, Creasy explains to Vanellope that when Beth was born as Lawrence's sister, Gear killed her parents with a bomb. When Lawrence gave her to Creasy after trying to find someone to raise her to no avail, he raised her in hopes of reuniting her with Lawrence before her eighth birthday. Suddenly, Gear grabs Nevins and the Collectibles, and then proceeds to destroy the shed museum with a bomb before flying off. Though they survive the shed's destruction, Creasy lashes out at Vanellope for screwing everything up and orders her, Judy, and Hank to leave.

As Vanellope, Judy, and Hank prepare to return home, they decide to defeat Gear themselves. However, Vanellope is abducted by Gear. Judy and Hank return to the shed museum and inform a deadbeat Creasy that Vanellope has been captured. Realizing his mistake, Creasy convinces the others help him rescue Vanellope, help her defeat Gear, and make amends. Creasy, Beth, Rexy, Ryan, Toll Bean, and Phat Bean drive in pursuit of Gear, bringing Lawrence and his his adviser Mr. Ziploc along. They find a rip in the space-time continuum caused by Gear suddenly merging the Collectibles. The collision causes a portal to appear over Disneyville, and several historical objects rain down on Disneyville.

Creasy realizes the only way to end Gear's plan is to travel into the future and go very fast, which will create a gravitational field equal and opposite to the rip. Creasy and Beth fly the DeLorean and rescue Vanellope and Nevins. An angered Gear, Drug, Dug, and Rug chase the DeLorean in the UFO, but they crash. Vanellope, Beth, Creasy, and Nevins travel to the future for a few minutes and close the rip. The historical objects are dragged back to their perspective times, and Gear, his henchmen, and their UFO are also dragged into the rip as it closes. After a few seconds, Vanellope, Beth, Creasy, and Nevins return to the present, where Vanellope accepts Creasy's apology, and they are praised as heroes.

In the aftermath, Creasy, knowing this will be the last time he will see Beth, encourages her to permanently live with Lawrence, who reveals to Beth that he is her long-lost brother. Lawrence and Beth share a hug. Beth bids farewell to Creasy, Rexy, Ryan, Toll, Phat, and Nevins, who bring Mr. Ziploc with them, and begins her new life with Vanellope, Judy, Hank, and Lawrence as they begin planning Beth's eighth birthday in the next four days.

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.
  • Ed O'Neill as Hank, Disneyville's greatest octopus stuntman and one of Vanellope's best friends.
  • Dakota Fanning as Beth Pierce, a seven-year-old and Lawrence's long-lost sister.
  • Ben Stiller as Creasy Corden, a time traveler.
  • Neil Patrick Harris as Gear, a villainous, sadistic and mean-spirited blue gremlin who is Creasy's arch-nemesis.
  • Billy Crystal and Bobby Cannavale as Rexy and Ryan, a small and blue Tyrannosaurus and Caterpillar duo who are Creasy's teammates.
  • Jon Voight, Edward James Olmos, and John Turturro as Drug, Dug, and Rug, three anthropomorphic bears and Gear's minions.
  • Damon Wayans Jr. as Tall Bean, an anthropomorphic bean.
  • Frank Oz as Fat Bean, an anthropomorphic bean and Tall Bean's best friend.
  • 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.

Note: This marked the final Disney In The House film to have the involvement of Michael J. Fox as Mr. Ziploc before his retirement in 2020.

Box office

In the United States, Disney In The House: Time Travel was released alongside The Curse of La Llorona and Under the Silver Lake, and was projected to gross $215--250 million in its opening weekend. The film grossed $730 million in the United States and Canada, and $774 million overseas for a worldwide total of $1.504 billion, making it a box-office success. The film grossed $556 million in its opening weekend, ranking the box office with its $1.4 billion gross and breaking the record for the highest-opening for a Walt Disney Wonder Studios film and one of Disney's highest box office openings. It crossed the $1 billion mark on May 19, 2019. Its theatrical run ended on July 18, 2019. Produced on an production budget of $200 million, it surpassed Disney In The House: 4th Of July as the highest-grossing Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to date.

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 98% based on 280 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "Consistently (and emotionally) engaging for fans of the franchise as it is deeply breathtaking to look at, Disney In The House: Time Travel has enough real power to entertain children and adults alike". It is the most critically-acclaimed Walt Disney Wonder Studios film on the site. Another website, Metacritic, signed the film to a score of 98 out of 100 based on 54 critics, indicating "universal acclaim", also the highest-rated Walt Disney Wonder Studios film on that site. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale.

David Ehrlich of Indiewire called the film "devastatingly emotional" and praised the ending scene, saying, "The scene where Beth stays in Disneyville is a tearjerker, and in this case, conceptually happy, and that's no joke". A.O. Scott of The New York Times gave the film five out of five stars. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film "Two Thumbs Up". James Berarddinelli of ReelViews commended Ben Stiller's performance of Creasy Corden. He wrote, "It's great to see Ben Stiller in such great movies like this one". Carrey Rickey of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "As directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Disney In The House: Time Travel is a heartwarming melody".

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