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Disney In The House: World Animals is a 2019 American live-action/animated safari fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The sequel to Disney In The House: Return To Adventure Camp and the eighth installment in the company's classic Disney In The House franchise, it was directed by Bradley Raymond and Kelly Asbury (the latter in his final directorial effort before his death in 2020) from a screenplay by Gary Marsh, Gary Krisel, Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris. In the film's ensemble castSarah Silverman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dakota Fanning (from archive recordings of her child voice), Ed O'Neill, and Owen Laramore reprise their previous character roles from the first seven films. Andy Dick, who played several characters in the franchise's previous installments, provides the voice of Koala in this film. The returning cast is joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fran Drescher, Will Arnett, Annaleigh Ashford, T.J. Miller, Sterling K. Brown, Rihanna, Rupert Grint, Clive Owen, Drew Van AckerJulia Roberts, Cameron Richardson, John Krasinski, Eden Grace Redfield, and John DiMaggio, who play the new characters introduced. In this film, Vanellope von Schweetz, Judy Hopps, Beth Pierce, Hank, Iggy, Mr. Ziploc, and Lawrence Pierce must unite the wild animals from all of the Four Habitats to defeat an evil spider monkey queen by stopping her from destroying the world to let her tribe reign suppreme, with help from an adventurous explorer named Witherspoon the Otter.

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Directed by Bradley Raymond
Kelly Asbury
Produced by Gary Marsh
Gary Krisel
Screenplay by Ethan Reiff
Cyrus Voris
Story by Ethan Reiff
Cyrus Voris
Gary Marsh
Gary Krisel
Starring Sarah Silverman
Ginnifer Goodwin
Dakota Fanning
Owen Laramore
Ed O'Neill
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Fran Drescher
Will Arnett
Annaleigh Ashford
Sterling K. Brown
T.J. Miller
Rihanna
Rupert Grint
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Shelly Johnson
Tim Jones
Edited by Andy Netley
Production company Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date December 23, 2019
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $250 million
Box office $535 million


The film was released theatrically in the United States on December 23, 2019 with mixed-to-positive critical reception. Financially, the film grossed $155 million in its opening weekend, before eventually earning $535 million at the worldwide box office by February 2020. With an estimated budget of around $250 million, it is the studio's most expensive film and one of the most expensive films ever made

A sequel, Disney In The House: Oceans, was released on February 25, 2020.

Plot

The Savannah celebrates the arrival of Witherspoon, an adventurous explorer and an otter. His arch-enemy, Spide, the queen of the Spider Monkeys, plots to let her tribe rule by destroying the four Habitats (the Savannah, the Rain Forest and Tropics, the Outback, and the Polar Regions).

In Disneyville, the most magical star in the sky, Vanellope von Scwheetz, Judy Hopps, Beth Pierce, Hank, and Lawrence Pierce are a happy family, doing things together such as fishing, reading books, watching movies, playing games in the park, and bowling. One night, they see a comet coming. The Disneyville citizens race to safety, and Vanellope intercepts the comet, which reveals Spide.

Spide reveals her evil plot to Vanellope and the others, who are appalled at this and resolve to stop her from destroying the three habitats Vanellope, Judy, Beth, Hank, and Lawrence head to Earth and board a boat. There, they meet Witherspoon. Witherspoon reveals that when he became an adult otter, his father had been killed by Spide during a battle. They reassure him that he is still a hero at heart and agree to let him lead.

A violent storm crashes the boat and separates Vanellope from her friends. She crashes onto a island and reunites with them. Believing themselves, to be at the San Diego Zoo, they have no idea of how to get to the Savanna or find the animals there until two crabs explain they are in the Savanna already, much to their shock. Lion, Giraffe, and Elephant are looking for their antelope to which Vanellope makes a deal with them: If they help find the herd, she will take them on the boat. A python attacks the herd, but Vanellope and Lion manage to protect it. Lion tells Vanellope there is no law saying the past can happen again in the future.

In the Rain Forest and Tropics, Vanellope, Witherspoon, Judy, Beth, Hank, Lawrence, and Lion collect Monkey and Parrot and see a shocking evidence: Monkey's house has been ripped to shreds. They question Jaguar, and she explains that Spide hired carnivorous animals from the Four Habitats to kill them. True to form, a black panther chases Vanellope, Witherspoon, Judy, Beth, Hank, Lawrence, Lion, Jaguar, Monkey and Parrot out of the Rain Forest and Tropics and they fall into a glass silo (except Vanellope, Monkey, Parrot, Witherspoon). As the silo fills up with water, they escape, due to the help of Witherspoon.

They reach the Outback and collect Kangaroo, Koala, and Dingo. Suddenly, a Tasmanian devil comes to bring them to Spide. Vanellope manages to defeat the Tasmanian devil. After reaching the Polar Regions, they narrowly escape being eaten by killer whales. On land, Beth gets cold, and they warm her up by a fire, drawing the attention of Seal and Polar Bear. Penguin has been on the boat the entire time they were in the Polar Regions. On the boat, Vanellope, Witherspoon, Judy, Beth, Hank, Lawrence, and the animals head onward to Spide's lair. Spide kidnaps everyone, takes them inside her lair, and betrays her brother Nut. Vanellope frees herself, puts on a parachute, and jumps down to safety.

The others assume Vanellope died, but is given a message that she is still alive. Spide's evil plan involved hypnotizing the other Spider Monkeys to make sure they are in charge; the only way to do so is destroy all wild animals. Beth, Judy, and Witherspoon go to find Vanellope but are intercepted by Spide. Lawrence frees his sister. Vanellope steals Spide's crown and battles Spide, frustrating her with her glitch powers that absorb lighting, rendering her immune to lighting blasts. Spide angrily turns herself into an enormous monster. With Spide's lighting blaster, Vanellope aims a blast of lightning at Spide, zapping her. The zapped spider monkey falls backwards beneath the sea and disintegrates into a gelatinous mass. This in turn causes Nut to be released from the now-broken spell.

Vanellope and her friends embrace, and Nut and the animals praise Vanellope for saving them, ultimately restoring peace to the Four Habitats. Vanellope, Judy, Beth, Hank, and Lawrence say goodbye to Witherspoon and head back to Disneyville and spend quality time on their new couch with room for them all. In a voice-over, Beth says, "Every story has an end, but in life, every ending is just a new beginning".

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.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as Witherspoon, a adventurous river otter with a Scottish accent. She is the film's deuteragonist.
  • Dakota Fanning as Beth Pierce, an eight-year-old who is Lawrence's younger sister and one of Vanellope's best friends. She is the film's tetartagonist.
  • Ed O'Neill as Hank, Disneyville's greatest septopus and one of Vanellope's best friends.
  • Owen Laramore as Lawrence Pierce, the mayor of Disneyville and Beth's older brother.
  • Fran Drescher as Spide, the queen of Spider Monkeys and Witherspoon's arch-nemesis who wants to destroy the Four Habitats to let her tribe reign supreme. She is the film's antagonist.
  • Will Arnett as Lion, an African lion and the leader of the Savanna. He is the film's tritagonist.
  • Annaleigh Ashford as Jaguar, a jaguar who resides in the Rain Forest and Tropics.
  • T.J. Miller as Giraffe, a giraffe and Lion's friend.
  • Sterling K. Brown as Elephant, an African elephant and Lion's other friend.
  • Rihanna as Seal, a harp seal.
  • Rupert Grint as Monkey, a squirrel monkey.
  • Drew Van Acker as Parrot, a scarlet macaw and Monkey's best friend.
  • Clive Owen as Penguin, an emperor penguin.
  • Julia Roberts as Polar bear, a polar bear and Seal's friend.
  • Cameron Richardson as Kangaroo, a red kangaroo.
  • Andy Dick as Koala, a koala bear.
  • John Krasinski as Dingo, a dingo.
  • Eden Grace Redfield as Joey, a joey and Kangaroo's daughter. She lives in her mother's pouch.
  • John DiMaggio as Nut, Spide's lawyer.
  • Jessica Bennington and Kelly Asbury as Fella and Fill, two crabs who tell Vanellope and the gang that they are on the Savanna. Fill the crab was Asbury's final voice acting role before his death in 2020.

Box office

The film opened on December 23, 2019, and grossed $235 million in the United States and Canada, and $300 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on February 14, 2020, having to have grossed $535 million worldwide. Produced on a $250 million budget, it was a moderate success at the box office.

Critical response

The film has a 66% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 135 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "Although it feels like a rehash of previous installments in this particular franchise and its tone isn't as wild, Disney In The House: World Animals is still a laugh-out-loud diversion". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, calculated a score of 60 out of 100 based on 32 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.

Bilge Ebiri of Vulture gave the film four stars, calling it the "ultimate safari film of the holidays". Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film "Two Thumbs Up". Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post gave the film a mixed review, saying, "It may an inconsistent eight installment of this series, but it is still one of the best films during Walt Disney Wonder Studios' years". Antonio Quirke of London Evening Standard considered the film to be better than Disney In The House: Christmas and commended the performance of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Witherspoon the Otter.

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