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Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie
Directed by Wes Anderson
Produced by Wes Anderson
Steven M. Rales
Jeremy Dawson
Written by Jule Selbo
Jenny Wingfield
Wes Anderson
Based on Disney Pals
by Alan Zaslove
and Vanellope & Friends
by Jule Selbo
Jenny Wingfield
Starring Sarah Silverman
Giselle Eisenberg
Julie Andrews
Nicolas Cage
Jennifer Aniston
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Robert Yeoman
Edited by Andrew Weisblum
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Disney Children's Workshop
American Empirical Pictures
Indian Paintbrush
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date March 3, 2017 (United
States)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million
Box office $190 million


Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie is a 2017 American live-action/animated musical film based on the children's television programs Disney Pals created by Alan Zaslove and Vanellope & Friends created by Jule Selbo and Jenny Wingfield. The first theatrical Disney Pals film since 2003's Disney Pals: Back In Action, it was directed, co-produced, and co-written by Wes Anderson and stars Giselle Eisenberg, Julie Andrews, Nicolas Cage, and Jennifer Aniston, along with the voices of Sarah Silverman, Tabitha St. Germain, Eric Bauza, and Bret Iwan. It serves an origin story that reveals how Vanellope became a Disney Pal, and centers on her as she travels to San Diego and meets Emily Elfman, a feisty nine-year-old who has a hard time attempting to write her very own Mother Goose rhyme.

A third Disney Pals film was never planned until Vanellope became popular after making her debut on the show in 2012. After Vanellope & Friends aired its first episode in 2013, it was announced that the project would be based on both shows and serve as an origin story for Vanellope, with Anderson taking involvement. Principal photography took place in San Diego from December 2015 to May 2016. Like its predecessors, the film was shot in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio. It is Disney's most recent theatrical film using traditional animation. Anderson brought in his frequent and fellow composer Alexandre Desplat to score Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie.

Produced by Disney Children's Workshop, Anderson's American Empirical Pictures, and Steven M. Rales' Indian Paintbrush, Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie was released on March 3, 2017 by Walt Disney Pictures in RealD 3D, IMAX, and Dolby Cinema. The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed $190 million worldwide against its $75 million budget, becoming the highest-grossing Disney Pals film, the highest-grossing film of Anderson's career, and the highest-grossing film based on a children's television series. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Original Song. A fourth Disney Pals film titled Disney Pals: Go, Game, Go!, was released on August 12, 2022.

Plot

In the film, Vanellope von Schweetz is looking forward to becoming one of the Disney Pals and living in Disney Street with them. Mickey Mouse encourages her to use her imagination, with Vanellope ending up in San Diego. Meanwhile, a feisty nine-year-old named Emily, whose mom recently died, is at the Children's Workshop having a hard time writing her own Mother Goose rhyme. During her travels, Vanellope meets and befriends Emily and four of her friends, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron. Vanellope then runs into Mrs. Rachmaninoff, Emily's teacher, who takes her to the class. However, she unintentionally makes a scene in front of the other kids. At home, Emily's dad, Clarence, tells her daughter that Mother Goose does not exist, leading to a falling-out between them.

The next morning, Vanellope, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron go to her house and sing "Did You Ever See A Lassie?". Vanellope tries to cheer her up and claims to be excellent at writing rhymes. Mother Goose appears and sings "I Like To Speak In Rhyme". Mother Goose, Vanellope, and the kids decide to get out and play. They sing rhymes such as "Daffy Down Dilly", "London Bridge Is Falling Down", and "Up At The Piccadilly, Oh!". Having heard this, Ms. Aya the duck and Zimmer the rabbit meet the gang. Vanellope, Mother Goose, kids play a game throughout the house that escalates into a rhythm of rhymes such as "Humpty Dumpty", "The Clock", "To Market To Market", and "One Two Buckle My Shoe". Vanellope, Mother Goose, and the kids sing a sheep and lamb medley consisting of "Baa Baa Black Sheep", "Little Boy Blue", "Little Bo Peep", and "Mary Had A Little Lamb". Vanellope then proceeds to tell of the story of "This Is The House That Jack Built". Suddenly, it starts to rain. Vanellope, Mother Goose, and the kids manage to find shelter inside. Mother Goose decides to take Vanellope and kids to her land for a visit. While Zimmer and Ms. Aya do their own rhymes, They use their imaginations to get there. They sing "The Land Of Mother Goose".

Jill hears music coming from flowers and proceeds to read "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary". Ron rhymes about geese and reads "Goosey, Goosey Gander". They head inside, where Mother Goose introduces allows the kids to enjoy themselves, explaining her property is made to be shared with boys and girls. She reveals her very own Mother Goose book and her old quilt pen to Emily. Vanellope and Kimberly explore the tuffet from "Little Miss Muffet". Joe and Jill find a candle from "Jack Be Nimble" and hop over it. When Vanellope jumps over the candlestick, her landing shakes the clock with mice from "Hickory Dickory Dock". Kimberly discovers mittens, and they sing "Three Little Kittens". Mother Goose reads "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater", and "There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe" while explaining that almost anything can become a rhyme. Due to the increasing in numbers, Emily becomes better at rhymes. Emily asks Mother Goose if one shoe was in a rhyme. Vanellope reveals that she remembers it and sings "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod".

Vanellope, Mother Goose, and the kids return to Children's Workshop. They realize the rain has stopped and it is sunny out. Vanellope decides everyone can write their own rhymes. As Kimberly gets pencils and paper for everyone, Mother Goose gives Emily her old quilt pen. Jill reads "I Saw A Bluebird", Joe reads "I Gave Ice Cream To A Whale", Kimberly reads "1 Step, 2 Steps, 3 Steps", and Ron reads "Mr. Elephant, Big and Gray". Emily is missing, so Vanellope sets out to find her. When Vanellope finds Emily, she discovers that Emily is having another hard time. Emily is upset, which worsens when it is revealed that Vanellope was not truly good at writing rhymes in the first place. Upset at Vanellope's misdirection, Emily bursts into tears, throws the book at her, and runs away from Children's Workshop. Remorseful and feeling unwanted, Vanellope decides to leave in the morning. Later, she learns a lesson about caring and responsibility, which is what it takes to be a friend.

Zimmer and Ms. Aya (who have seen the argument) inform Vanellope of Emily's intentions to leave San Diego. Knowing Emily will become aimless and unmotivated if she leaves, Vanellope enlists the help of Zimmer, Ms. Aya, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron. With the book in their hands, Vanellope, Ms. Aya, Zimmer, and the kids follow Emily across San Diego and meet up with her at the Fashion Valley mall. After Vanellope makes amends with Emily and convinces her to stay, Emily regains her confidence as Mickey, having decided to include Vanellope in the Disney Street ensemble, arrives with the other Disney Pals. Vanellope, Ms. Aya, Zimmer, the Disney Pals, and the kids return to the Children's Workshop, where Vanellope informs Mother Goose that they have set things right.

Realizing empathy is the key to writing her rhyme, Emily reads "Smiles Are Like Sunshine", declaring her true place is with her friends. Impressed by Emily's character development, Vanellope, Mother Goose, the Disney Pals, and the kids praise her. As Emily and Vanellope shares a hug, Vanellope and Emily invent Vanellope's ending song "I Love You", prompting the cast to sing with them. Clarence, having had a change of heart after realizing Mother Goose's existence, arrives to pick up Emily, and Mother Goose returns to her home in the book. Back on Disney Street, The Disney Pals welcome Vanellope into their family, with Emily, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron visiting to celebrate with Vanellope.

Cast

Live-action cast

  • Giselle Eisenberg as Emily Elfman, a feisty 9-year-old girl who aspires to write rhymes like Mother Goose, but has several hard times.
  • Julie Andrews as Mother Goose, the mother of all rhymes. Before Andrews was cast, Judi Dench, Angela Lansbury, and Carol Burnett were considered, but they all turned down the role.
  • Nicolas Cage as Clarence Elfman, Emily's father.
  • Jennifer Aniston as Mrs. Rachmaninoff, Emily's noble teacher at the Children's Workshop.
  • Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt as Jill
  • Izaac Wang as Joe
  • Lidya Jewett as Kimberly
  • Luke Judy as Ron

Voice actors

  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz
  • Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse
  • Russi Taylor Minnie Mouse
  • Bill Farmer as Goofy
  • Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck
  • Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
  • Travis Oates as Piglet
  • Eric Bauza as Zimmer the bunny
  • Tabitha St. Germain as Ms. Aya the duck

Production

Development

Plans for several standalone sequels to Disney Pals: Back In Action were announced in 2004, but never came to fruition, and a third Disney Pals film languished in development hell until 2012, when Vanellope debuted in 2012. It was subsequently announced after the new segment Vanellope & Friends aired its first episode in 2013. The show's popularity from children led to Disney announcing the film would be based on and carry elements from both Disney Pals and Vanellope & Friends.

Casting

Famous elderly actresses and celebrities began auditioning for the role of Mother Goose when Wes Anderson decided the film would have the inclusion of the character. Judi Dench, Angela Lansbury, and Carol Burnett were considered, but these sounded too obvious, and were replaced by Andrews. Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Aniston joined the cast in November 2016.

Release

Theatrical

The film was scheduled to be released on June 14, 2017, but was moved to March 31, 2017 due to being ahead of schedule. A month afterwards, the release date was changed a week earlier on March 3 in order to avoid competition with DreamWorks' The Boss Baby.

Home media

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on June 1, 2017. On November 12, 2019, it was included in Disney's streaming service Disney+.

Reception

Box office

Disney Pals: The Movie opened in theaters on March 3, 2017, and grossed $70 million in its opening weekend. It has grossed $92 million in North America and $98 million internationally, and by the end of its run, it grossed a total of over $190 million worldwide. Produced on a $75 million budget, the film was a box office success.

Critical reception

Disney Pals: The Movie received mainly positive reviews upon release. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 78% approval rating based on 205 reviews. The critical consensus reads, "Fun for fans of Disney Pals, Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie has moments of catchy tunes for a origin story about the Vanellope & Friends segment's popular main character, who is unable to carry the film alone but is engaging as always". On Metacritic, the film was reported to have received a score of 68 out of 100 based on 30 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.

Accolades

Disney Pals: The Movie received a Kids' Choice Award nomination for Favorite Movie. The film was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Music Film, and the music composed by Alexandre Desplat was nominated for a BMI Film Music Award. The song, "The Land Of Mother Goose", was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.