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 ninth 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. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Sarah Silverman, Fran Drescher, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dakota Fanning (from archive recordings of her child voice), Owen Laramore, Ed O'Neill, Will Arnett, Annaleigh Ashford, T.J. Miller, Sterling K. Brown, Rihanna, Rupert Grint, and John DiMaggio. 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.

Disney In The House: World Animals
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Theatrical release poster
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
Fran Drescher
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ginnifer Goodwin
Dakota Fanning
Owen Laramore
Ed O'Neill
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 5, 2019
(Australia)
December 23, 2019
(United States and Africa)
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200 million
Box office $1.022 billion


Disney In The House: World Animals was released theatrically in both the United States and Africa on December 23, 2019. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film grossed $300 million in its opening weekend, before eventually earning $1 billion at the worldwide box office by February 2020, making it the third highest-grossing Walt Disney Wonder Studios film and the third Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to earn $1 billion in global box-office earnings after Disney In The House: 4th Of July and Disney In The House: Time Travel

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 and takes them inside her lair, announcing the true motives of her plan. 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 making things her way forever; the only way to do so is to turn all wild animals into Spider zombies. Beth, Judy, and Witherspoon go to find Vanellope but are intercepted by Spide, who takes Beth. Lawrence frees his sister. Vanellope steals Spide's spell staff and smashes it, snapping the possessed animals out of their Spider zombie state, much to the chagrin of Spide, who rages at Vanellope for destroying her perfection.

Vanellope tells Spide to let go of her anger, reminding her that is not necessary to destroy animals and their habitats and that all animals should get along, no matter how different and far apart they are. Touched, Spide apologizes to Vanellope and Witherspoon and accepts their offer of friendship. Vanellope and her friends embrace, 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 Spide and head back to Disneyville and spend quality time together.

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.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as Witherspoon, a adventurous river otter with a Brooklyn accent.
  • Dakota Fanning as Beth Pierce, an eight-year-old who is Lawrence's younger sister and one of Vanellope's best friends.
  • 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.
  • Will Arnett as Lion, an African lion and the leader of the Savanna.
  • 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 $472 million in the United States and Canada, and $550 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on February 14, 2020, having to have grossed $1.022 billion worldwide. Produced on a $200 million budget, it was a huge success at the box office; it broke several box office records including being the third-highest grossing Walt Disney Wonder Studios film, the eleventh highest-grossing film of 2019, and the third Walt Disney Wonder Studios film to pass $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

Critical response

The film has a 57% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 135 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "Disney In The House: World Animals is a laugh-out-loud diversion, but it's plot is not quite as wild as Introduction or Time Travel". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, signed the film to a score of 55 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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