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Vanellope's Rhyme Time Rhythm
Directed by Jule Selbo
Jenny Wingfield
Produced by Bobs Gannaway
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
Music by Joel McNeely
Edited by Tatiana S. Reigel
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Disney Television
Animation
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date February 24, 2017
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35--50 million
Box office $171 million


Vanellope's Rhyme Time Rhythm 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, the first Disney Pals film to be fully animated with computer-generated imagery instead of the former hand-drawn style, and the last one to be released theatrically. 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, and Giselle Eisenberg. 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 Rhythm was released in the United States on February 24, 2017 in RealD 3D, IMAX, and Dolby Cinema by Walt Disney Pictures. The film grossed $171 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics, with praise for is animation, musical numbers, voice acting, and faithfulness to the source material. It was the final Disney Pals film in which Russi Taylor voiced Minnie Mouse before her death on July 26, 2019. A second Vanellope & Friends film, A Scavenger Hunt With Vanellope, is scheduled to be released on February 3, 2023 on Disney+.

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, Noticing Emily is having a hard time writing her own Mother Goose rhyme, Vanellope claims she is excellent at rhyming rhymes. Mother Goose appears from the book and sings "I Like To Speak In Rhyme". Later, Mother Goose, Vanellope, and the kids decide to get out to the playground 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 school which involves looking around for objects that escalate into things that remind them of rhymes like "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 in the first place, and had only come to Indianapolis to be one of the Disney Pals. Feeling unwanted, Emily gives up the quilt pen and book, orders Vanellope to leave, and runs away in tears.

As a despondent Vanellope packs her things, Later, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron inform her of Emily's decision to leave Indianapolis forever. Realizing this would mean the end of Emily's dream, Vanellope enlists the help of Mother Goose, Jill, Joe, Kimberly, and Ron, and the Disney Pals, led by Mickey, tag along in a RV. 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, the Disney Pals and the kids make it to safety, Emily is swept away. Vanellope dives in after Emily, and they manage to use their imaginations to escape the avalanche.

When the avalanche subsides, Vanellope, Mother Goose, the Disney Pals 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, the Disney Pals, and the kids praise her, with Vanellope being loved even more for her selflessness and honesty. As Emily and Vanellope share a hug, they invent Vanellope's famous ending song "I Love You", prompting the cast to sing with them. 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.
  • 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
  • Tara Strong as Mrs. Rachmaninoff, Emily's noble teacher at the Children's Workshop.

Production

Development

Plans for a sequel to Disney Pals: Back In Action were announced in 2003, but never came to fruition, and, following the film's box office failure, Disney Pals films were put on a hiatus until 2012, when Vanellope debuted in 2012. It was subsequently announced after the new spin-off show Vanellope & Friends aired its first episode in January 2015, and began production in June of that same year. 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.

Music

Disney regular Joel McNeely 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, another Disney regular. This was the only time the show's ending song, "I Love You", was not composed by James Taylor, being replaced by McNeely.

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, Disney changed the release date to a month early on February 24, 2017.

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 Rhythm opened in theaters on February 24, 2017, and was projected to gross $35 million from theaters in its opening weekend. It has grossed $88 million in North America and $83 million internationally, and by the end of its run, it grossed a total of over $171 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 $35--50 million budget.

Critical reception

Vanellope's Rhyme Time Rhythm received mixed-to-positive reviews upon release. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 76% approval rating based on 205 reviews. The critical consensus reads, "Vanellope's Rhyme Time Movie tells a "Vanellope-tastic" origin story that stays true to Disney Pals charm". On Metacritic, the film was reported to have received a score of 60 out of 100 based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.

Accolades

Vanellope's Rhyme Time Rhythm 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 McNeely was nominated for a BMI Film Music Award.

Future

Second Vanellope & Friends film

In September 2021, it was revived and titled A Scavenger Hunt With Vanellope, with a scheduled release date on February 3, 2023.

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