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Vortex Disney
Directed by Steve Loter
Produced by Jeannine Roussel
Written by Jeffrey M. Howard
Based on Disney characters
Starring Sarah Silverman
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ed O'Neill
Paul Rudd
Music by James L. Venable
Cinematography Navneet Verma
Edited by Seamus O'Toole
Production
company
Walt Disney Pictures
Distributed by Disney+
Release date November 3, 2023
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Vortex Disney is a 2023 American computer-animated crossover film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. In the film, a mad scientist named Cygnet Fricassee merges twelve worlds in his intention to combine them into one, so Vanellope von Schweetz, Judy Hopps, and Hank team up to foil his plans. The film's cast features Sarah Silverman, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Ed O'Neill reprising their roles as Vanellope, Judy, and Hank, with Paul Rudd as the voice of Cygnet.

Disney Dimensions was released on November 3, 2023 on Disney+. The film received mixed-to-positive reviews with praise for its animation, voice acting, and crossover scenes, although some criticized its product placement on Disney's IPs.

Plot

Arriving on the planet Fricassee World in the center of the Disney worlds, Cygnet Fricassee (Paul Rudd) and his robot minion H-X (Joel McHale) seek the Foundation Elements, the cornerstones of time and space itself, in a bid to merge the dimensions into one under his control. When H-X voices his doubts of Fricassee's plans (as it is too dangerous to safely harness the Elements), Fricassee decides he does not need H-X anymore, and banishes him to the planet Reptune. He opens vortexes to the worlds, which damages the boundaries between the worlds, causing them to merge and characters to be displaced.

Wreck-It Ralph (Brian T. Delaney), Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), and Dory (Jennifer Hale) are pulled into vortexes (each in possession of one of the Elements), forcing Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), and Hank (Ed O'Neill) to jump in after them. When Vanellope, Judy, and Hank meet H-X upon arriving in Reptune, he informs the three of Fricassee's plans and assigns them to gather the keystones and Foundation elements and save the worlds, which they sign up for in hopes of getting their friends back.

Along the way, they gather the five keystones and Elements while traveling to the worlds Toy Story, Monsters University, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, The Incredibles, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cars, the Mickey Mouse universe, and Frozen, meeting heroes and fighting enemies that Fricassee has recruited. However, when they reach Fricassee World's Foundation Prime, H-X is ambushed, and Fricassee creates the Foundation of all Dimensions (which is just of purple square). Their friends are turned into a mutant called the Tri. Fearing another failure could lead to them being transformed into a similar mutant, the villains bail out on Fricassee. Fricassee grows the Tri into a giant and gives them the order to destroy the heroes and their worlds.

Vanellope, Judy, and Hank free Ralph, Nick, and Dory from the spell and destroy the piece controlling them. The three recruit the heroes they met to their cause. While Mickey Mouse (Bret Iwan) and H-X (who is revived) work on a plan to rap Fricassee in a rift loop, Vanellope, Judy, and Hank return to Foundation Prime, fighting Fricassee along the way. The three destroy the Foundation of all Dimensions, angering Fricassee, who grows into enormous size, before being sucked into a rift loop. Using a special device that Mickey (in his sorcerer's apprentice uniform) and H-X designed, Vanellope, Judy, and Hank seal him into an endless prison, saving the Disney multi-verse. Back on Reptune, the dimension residents cheer for the trio and celebrate their differences.

Cast

  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz
  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps
  • Ed O'Neill as Hank
  • Paul Rudd as Cygnet Fricassee
  • Joel McHale as H-X
  • James Patrick Stewart as Emperor Zurg
  • Peter Kelamis as Randall Boggs
  • James Horan as Scar
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi
  • Cheech Marin as Banzai
  • Jim Cummings as Ed and Pete
  • Pat Carroll as Ursula
  • Jason Lee as Syndrome
  • Ken Page as Oogie Boogie
  • Eric Stitt as Chick Hicks
  • Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton
  • Brian T. Delaney as Wreck-It Ralph
  • Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde
  • Jennifer Hale as Dory
  • Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix
  • Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun
  • Mindy Kaling as Taffyta Muttonfudge
  • Jess Harnell as Marlin
  • Christian Convery as Nemo, Flounder, and Dash
  • JP Karliak as Bailey
  • Kaitlin Olson as Destiny
  • Jim Hanks as Woody
  • Mike MacRae as Buzz Lightyear
  • Kat Cressida as Jessie
  • Wallace Shawn as Rex
  • John Ratzenberger as Hamm
  • Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
  • Joel McCrary as Sulley
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Mike
  • Matthew Broderick as Simba
  • Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella as Timon and Pumbaa
  • Jodi Benson as Ariel
  • Philip Lawrence as Sebastian
  • Richard McGonagle as Mr. Incredible
  • Ally Johnson as Elastigirl
  • Sarah Vowell as Violet
  • John Eric Bentley as Frozone
  • Chris Sarandon as Jack Skellington
  • Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen
  • Larry the Cable Guy as Mater
  • Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse
  • Kaitlyn Robrock as Minnie Mouse
  • Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck
  • Bill Farmer as Goofy and Pluto
  • Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck
  • Kristen Bell as Anna
  • Idina Menzel as Elsa
  • Josh Gad as Olaf
  • Jonathan Groff as Kristoff

Reception

Critical response

Vortex Disney received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, with a 61% approval rating on the site Rotten Tomatoes. The site's consensus reads, "Vortex Disney trades consistent humor for a shameless and tired exercise in Disney IP-driven branding, it still surprising crossovers around every corner for young viewers (and more likely longtime Disney fans)". On Metacritic, it has a score of 56 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

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