Tin Soldier is a 2020 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 59rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Steadfast Tin Soldier, which was previously adapted in the 1999 Disney film Fantasia 2000 as the segment "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102". the film tells the story of a a One soldier stands on a single leg, a paper ballerina with a Princess, two toys rabbit and teddy bear, Jack in the box angrily.
Tin Soldier underwent several story treatments for years before being commissioned in 2017, with a Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Produced by Peter Del Vecho and screenplay by Lee. It features the voices of Santino Fontana, Lea Michele, Hugh Laurie, Mark Williams and Peter Dinklage. Christophe Beck, who had worked on Disney's Frozen, was hired to compose the film's orchestral score, while husband-and-wife songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote the songs.
Tin Soldier premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, on November 19, 2020, and went into general theatrical release on November 25. It was met with strongly positive reviews from critics and audiences, with some film critics considering Tin Soldier to be the best Disney animated feature film since the studio's renaissance era. The film was also a massive commercial success; it accumulated nearly $1.3 billion in worldwide box office revenue, $400 million of which was earned in the United States and Canada and $247 million of which was earned in Japan. It ranks as the highest-grossing animated film of all time, the third highest-grossing original film of all time, the ninth highest-grossing film of all time, the highest-grossing film of 2021, and the third highest-grossing film in Japan. With over 18 million home media sales in 2021, it became the best-selling film of the year in the United States.
Tin Soldier won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Dreams"), the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, five Annie Awards (including Best Animated Feature), two Grammy Awards for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written for Visual Media ("Dreams"), and two Critics' Choice Movie Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Dreams").
The film starts as Jacob and Gus are shown watching the Fantasia 2000 movie in a dark theater when Jacob suddenly uses a remote control to fast-forward to where they appear in the film. Gus argues that the film shouldn't go out of order and attempts to rewind the film back to the beginning. Jacob and Gus start fighting over control of the film until they agree that the film should tell their side of the story. Throughout the rest of the film, it is occasionally interrupted to have Jacob and Gus comment on whatever is happening. Mystery Science Theater 3000-like moments occur as the characters comment on the original film's proceedings.
The beginning of the movie shows Workshop harvesting Toy. However, this story tells that the good king's health deteriorated, and his Jack in the Box, plundered and terrorized the country in the king's name.
One day, when Tin Soldier, Rico and Looney, three beggars are trying to get money for some food, dream of, Jack in the Box's carriage passes, having stolen much food from the people of Denmark, and burying the three heroes in the snow. As Tin Soldier knocks on the door, one of the henchmen opens the door and lets him in, mistaking him for the Ballerina.
Jack lectures the henchmen for letting anyone in, pointing out where the real Ballerina is: taking his Royal, The Grand Duke. While Duke the Ballerina about trigonometry, the Ballerina looks out the window at the children playing in the snow. The Ballerina, being discovered by his Duke, is mocked by his Captain Soldier, The Ballerina plays at provoking Captain, while the teacher is distracted while writing on the blackboard, to the point that Captain inadvertently hits the Duke, resulting in the Duke sending Captain out of the room, returning both to their studies. Unfortunately, the Ballerina hears Jack in the Box, who is roughly handling Tin Soldier. The Ballerina orders them to be brought to him right away. Jack in the Box kicks Tin Soldier through the door.
While in the Ballet's palace, Tin Soldier inadvertently knocks over many suits of armor, with one of the helmets falling on both his and the approaching Ballerina's heads. The Tin Soldier and Ballerina realize that they are entirely alike in appearance. The Ballerina tells the beggar that he is bored with his life: getting up early, studying all day, with every night parties and banquets and then going to bed early. So, when looking at the two in the mirror, the Ballerina reassures the beggar saying that to rule requires only two things: and, and if there are any problems, everyone will recognize the true Ballerina with his real ring and Tin Soldier. Disguised as a beggar, the Tin Soldier tricks Jack into him leaving the palace. He meets Rico and Looney, but finds that he can't recognize them at all.
Witnessing a couple of rat trying to steal a chicken from Mrs Mouse and her Jacob and Gus the Rat, the Tin Soldier orders them to return the chicken but is humiliated. The children explain that for years the rat take away their food and belongings in the name of the Hubie the Rat. When a carriage containing the village's stolen food goes by, the Tin Soldier stops it, showing the real ring by Ballerina. All bow to the Tin Soldier as he returns their food. The rat attempt to stop the Tin Soldier, Jacob and Gus but fail when he escapes, Underwater in Rothbart the fish.
Meanwhile in the castle, one of the henchmen tells Jack in the Box that one of the beggars had the royal ring. Jack in the Box is alarmed knowing then that the Tin Soldier was cast out, and may see the corruption and theft going on outside. The henchmen mocks Jack in the Box saying that he Jack in the Box is going to be punished dearly for it, but Jack in the Box answers that he won't if the Tin Soldier never returns. The beggar, dressed as the Ballerina, is called by Duke and told that he must see his, who is now dying. Ballerina enters the room of the dying king, but finds that he doesn't have the heart to tell him that he is not the real Ballerina. Before his death, the king tells him he must take his royal birthright and become king. When Ballerina knows the true Tin Soldier must be found as quickly as possible, Jack in the Box arrives behind him, and orders Ballerina to be crowned king at his orders or he will kill Captain.
Meanwhile, the true Tin Soldier hears the bells announcing the death of his beloved father. Realizing that he should be king, the Tin Soldier, Jacob and Gus decides to return immediately to the palace. Jack captures the Tin Soldier and detains him with Captain, while the marriage begins. The beggar does not want to be king, but behind the curtain Jack. The Tin Soldier, Jacob and Gus orders the henchmen to let them leave, but he refuses to obey. Rico and Looney disguises himself as an executioner, and after accidentally knocking out the henchmen, he attempts to figure out which key opens the cell while the other henchmen arrive. Captain finds the key for the cell, and the three flee to the marriage chamber.
While struggling not to be crowned, the Ballerina stops the archbishop, and has the henchmen arrest Jack, but gets exposed as an impostor. The Tin Soldier fights Jack as many other soldiers are defeated by Rico and Looney's, Jacob and Gus clumsiness and Captain's cowardice. Finally, the Tin Soldier cuts Jack's trousers loose, revealing Jack's ruffled underpants. Jack attempts to escape from a large chandelier that has fallen and entangled some henchmen, but has been tripped up by Tin Soldier and the Ballerina, and falls down to the ground. With his trousers down and his ruffled underwear fully displayed, Jack becomes entangled with the henchmen in the fallen chandelier and falls out of a Fire.
Tin Soldier and the Ballerina then cheer because of their successful collaboration in defeating Jack in the Box. The archbishop is confused and does not know who to marriage, before Tin Soldier and Ballerina shows his ring. Tin Soldier and the Ballerina is marriage and with Jacob, Gus, Rico and Looney at his side, rules for many years with justice and compassion for all.
When the film ends, in the dark theater, Gus insists on watching it again. Jacob protests until all of their friends from the movie come to watch it as well, soon joined by numerous other Disney cartoon characters (with Gus commenting that he still does not "do so well in crowds").
In "Tin Soldier", one of knocks over many suits of armor by are very similar to his armor by in the 1990 theatrical short, "The Prince and the Pauper".
- Tin Soldier: Santino Fontana
- Ballerina: Lea Michele
- Rico the Rabbit: Hugh Laurie
- Looney The Bear: Mark Williams
- Jack in the Box: Peter Dinklage
- Hubie the Rat: Cheech Marin
- Jacob the Rat: Max Casella
- Gus the Rat: Cam Clarke
- Rothbart the fish: Paul Briggs
- Captain Soldier and The Grand Duke : Alan Tudyk
- Mom: Edie McClurg
- Boy and Girl: Kath Soucie
- Lollipop Jesters toy 1: Whoopi Goldberg
- Harlequin Jesters toy 2: Tom Kenny
- Tricksy Jesters toy 3: Jim Cummings
- Firehouse Five Musical Toy 1: Jeff Bergman
- Firehouse Five Musical Toy 2: Jess Harnell
- Firehouse Five Musical Toy 3: Rob Paulsen
- Firehouse Five Musical Toy 4: Jeff Bennett
- Firehouse Five Musical Toy 5 and King : Maurice LaMarche
- John: Chris Williams
- Archbishop: Paul Kandel
- Tiro the Bee: Frank Welker
Disney's Tin Soldier was the first Tin Soldier film to be animated.
John Lasseter, the President of Feature Animation, expressed surprise that there weren't any previous attempts to animate a Tin Soldier film, saying "Here is a book that cries out to be animated. Yet we're the first filmmakers to have ever taken Tin Soldier from page to screen and presented the character as Burroughs intended." He noted that in animated form, Tin Soldier is able to connect to the toys on a deeper level than he can in live action versions.
At the ending, while the film is rewinding back to the beginning, silhouettes of the following Disney characters join Jacob, Gus, Ballerina, Tiro, Tin Soldier, Rico and Looney,in the audience:
- Mickey Mouse
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in order: Dopey, Bashful, Doc, Sneezy, Happy, Sleepy, and Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Beast, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast
- Bambi and Friend Owl from Bambi
- Fisherman Bear from Bedknobs and Broomsticks
- Genie, Aladdin, Jasmine, and Magic Carpet from Aladdin
- Olaf from Frozen
- Mad Hatter and Alice from Alice in Wonderland
- Donald Duck
- Big Bad Wolf, Fifer Pig, Fiddler Pig, and Practical Pig from The Three Little Pigs
- Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and the Lost Boys from Peter Pan
- Ariel, Eric and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid
- Mowgli and Baloo from The Jungle Book
- Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio
- Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse from Dumbo
- Jaq and Gus from Cinderella
- Percival C. McLeach from The Rescuers Down Under
- Jeff Bennett as Bashful
- Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck
- Bill Farmer as Doc, Goofy and Sleepy
- Corey Burton as Grumpy
- Kevin Schon as Happy
- Shaun Fleming as Lost Boys
- Blayne Weaver as Peter Pan
- Bob Joles as Sneezy
- Katherine Von Till as Snow White
- Josh Gad as Olaf