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Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie
Directed by Jule Selbo
Jenny Wingfield
Produced by Tiffany J. Shuttleworth
Written by Jule Selbo
Jenny Wingfield
Based on Disney Pals
by Alan Zaslove
and Vanellope & Friends
by Jule Selbo
Jenny Wingfield
Starring Sarah Silverman
Julie Andrews
Giselle Eisenberg
Nicolas Cage
Jennifer Aniston
Music by Heitor Pereira
Edited by Tatiana S. Reigel
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Disneytoon Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date January 13, 2017
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million
Box office $254 million


Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie is a 2017 American computer-animated musical film based on the children's television programs Disney Pals and Vanellope & Friends. It is the first theatrical Disney Pals film since 2003's Disney Pals: Back In Action, and the only Disney Pals film to be fully animated with CGI animation, since Disney Pals' hand-drawn style was abandoned in favor of computer animation in 2009. it was directed and written by Jule Selbo and Jenny Wingfield, and stars Sarah Silverman reprising her role as Vanellope von Schweetz, alongside Julie Andrews, Giselle Eisenberg, Nicolas Cage, and Jennifer Aniston. It serves an origin story that reveals how Vanellope became a Disney Pal, and centers on her traveling to Indianapolis and meeting Emily Elfman, a feisty elementary school student who has a hard time attempting to write her very own Mother Goose rhyme.

Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie was released in theaters on January 13, 2017 in RealD 3D, IMAX, and Dolby Cinema by Walt Disney Pictures, and grossed $254 million worldwide on a $75 million budget, becoming the highest-grossing Disney Pals film and the highest-grossing film based on an children's television series. The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its music, voice cast, and faithfulness to the source material. Iwas the final film from Disneytoon Studios before its closure in 2018, in additional to being the final Disney Pals film in which Russi Taylor voiced Minnie Mouse before her death on July 26, 2019.

Plot

In the film, it is Autumn, and Vanellope von Schweetz is looking forward to becoming one of the Disney Pals. Upon approaching Main Street, U.S.A., Vanellope is encouraged by Mickey Mouse to use her imagination. Vanellope excitedly takes this advice and arrives in the city of Indianapolis.

During her travels, Vanellope goes to an elementary school and befriends a nine-year-old named Emily Elfman, a nursery rhyme enthusiast whose mom recently died, Noticing Emily is having a hard time writing her own Mother Goose rhyme, Vanellope claims is excellent at rhyming rhymes. Vanellope then meets into Mrs. Rachmaninoff, Emily's teacher. In class, Vanellope unintentionally gets Emily in trouble by unwittingly making a scene in front of the 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, along with Emily's friends, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron, go to her house to cheer her up. 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, Zimmer the rabbit, and Whiff the frog who are hibernating in preparation for Winter, 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". Suddenly, snowflakes fall, but 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, and they use their imaginations to get there. They sing "The Land Of Mother Goose". They head inside Mother Goose's house, where she allows the kids to enjoy themselves, explaining her property's purpose is to be shared with boys and girls. She reveals her very own Mother Goose book and her old quill pen to Emily. 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". 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. The increasing in numbers makes Emily better at writing rhymes. Emily asks Mother Goose if one shoe was in a rhyme. Vanellope says that she remembers it and sings "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod".

Vanellope, Mother Goose, and the kids return to school to find out that Winter has come and it is snowy outside. Vanellope decides everyone can write their own rhymes. As Kimberly gets pencils and paper for everyone, Mother Goose gives Emily her old quill 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, which worsens when the truth comes out that Vanellope was not truly a master at writing rhymes. Feeling deceived and unwanted, Emily rejects Vanellope, gives up the quilt pen and book, and walks away with guilt.

Later, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron inform Vanellope of Emily's intentions to leave Indianopolis. Realizing this would mean the end of Emily's dream, Vanellope enlists the help of Mother Goose, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron. With the book in their hands, Vanellope, Mother Goose, and the kids follow Emily across Indianapolis and meet up with her in a snowy forest. Vanellope makes amends with Emily and convinces her to stay in Indianapolis, but just as Emily regains her confidence, an avalanche suddenly occurs. Though Vanellope, Mother Goose, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron make it to safety, Emily is swept away. Vanellope dives in after Emily, and they manage to use their imaginations to escape the avalance.

When the avalance subsides, Vanellope, Mother Goose, and the kids return to school, where Emily reads her original rhyme "Smiles Are Like Sunshine", declaring her true place is with her friends. Impressed by Emily's newfound character development, Vanellope, Mother Goose, and the kids praise her. As Emily and Vanellope share a hug, Vanellope and Emily invent Vanellope's famous 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 Main Street, Mickey welcomes Vanellope into the Main Street family on Christmas, with Emily, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron visiting to celebrate with Vanellope.

Cast

  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz
  • 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.
  • Giselle Eisenberg as Emily Elfman, a feisty 9-year-old girl who aspires to write rhymes like Mother Goose, but has several hard times.
  • Nicolas Cage as Clarence Elfman, Emily's father who initially does not believe in Mother Goose's existence.
  • Jennifer Aniston as Mrs. Rachmaninoff, Emily's noble teacher at the Children's Workshop.
  • Vivienne Jolie-Pitt as Jill
  • Beckett Hipkiss as Joe
  • Luke Judy as Ron
  • Lidya Jewett as Kimberly
  • Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse
  • Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse
  • Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck
  • Bill Farmer as Goofy and Pluto
  • Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck
  • Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
  • Travis Oates as Piglet
  • Peter Cullen as Eeyore
  • Charles Flesicher as Roger Rabbit
  • Tabitha St. Germain as Ms. Aya the duck
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Zimmer the bunny
  • Nancy Cartwright as Whiff the frog

Production

Development

Plans for a sequel to Disney Pals: Back In Action were announced in 2004, but never came to fruition, and Disney Pals films were put on a hiatus until 2012, when Vanellope debuted in 2012. It was subsequently announced after the new segment Vanellope & Friends aired its first episode in 2014. 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. It is the first Disney Pals film to be animated with computer animation.

Casting

Famous elderly actresses and celebrities began auditioning for the role of Mother Goose when Selbo and Wingfield 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.

Music

Heitor Pereira was revealed to be composing for the film's score. The film features many nursery rhymes composed by the show's composer, Stephen James Taylor, followed by an original song called "The Land of Mother Goose" written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz and composed by Menken. This was the only time the show's ending song, "I Love You", was not composed by Arnold James Taylor, being replaced by Joel McNeely, another Disney regular who also scored Disney Pals: Back in Action.

Release

Theatrical

In May 2015, the film was scheduled to be released on June 9, 2017, but later, in November 2015, it was moved to March 31, 2017 due to being ahead of schedule. In January 2016, the release date was changed to January 13, 2017 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

Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie opened in theaters on January 13, 2017, alongside Monster Trucks, and was projected to gross $35 million from theaters in its opening weekend. It grossed $115 million in its opening weekend. It has grossed $119 million in North America and $135 million internationally, and by the end of its run, it grossed a total of over $254 million worldwide. Although some box office projectors projected the film would earn less than expected owing to it being based on a children's television show, Disney reported the film was still a box office success since it beat its $75 million budget.

Critical reception

Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie received generally positive reviews upon release. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 78% approval rating based on 205 reviews. The critical consensus reads, "Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie has moments of catchy music (in particular, the nursery rhymes are wonderfully realized) that make up for a fascinating Vanellope & Friends origin story that retains the educational value and charm of the source material". Rotten Tomatoes even rates it the best Disney Pals film and is rated higher than the first two films. On Metacritic, the film was reported to have received a score of 70 out of 100 based on 49 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews", also higher than the first two films. 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 Heitor Pereira was nominated for a BMI Film Music Award.

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