doesn't really have to have a story, as long as there's a shopping scene set to hot music, a wacky mess scene, a mismatched pair that get to like each other and a not-too-hazardous denoument where girl power saves the day. Add the standard heroic, handsome dad (but only attractive in an "old people" way 'cause otherwise it would be
), assorted mean girls and cute boys, shake well and you have a hit for the J-14 market. To paraphrase
, nobody does it better than Disney Channel.
stay true to the onscreen personas established by their respective TV series, though one wonders why they didn't mix things up a little by having Lovato play the eye-rolling American tween and Gomez play the affected princess, who doesn't use contractions much like
("Master, are you not pleased?" "Major Healey, do you not think my master would like me to blink an elephant into his office?")
It's still grand movie matinee fun that stretches logic and story sense with the same elán that The Monkey's Uncle did for
. You never worry for a minute about anyone being in serious danger and the biggest hazard besides snarky rival girls is yogurt. My daughter loved it, so case closed.
The DVD does not include too much that we didn't see on Disney Channel interstitials, including the "aren't we the best of friends" segment that was brought to fever pitch on premiere night when the two BFFs hosted the movie and had oh-so-much fun.
Sort of like Gidget and LaRue.
HATCHING AND NAPPING -- TWO MOVIES IN ONE
Posted on May 18 2009 by Greg
For those of us who remember, Disney used to piggyback movies a lot for theaters, especially in the 1970's, when you would see Lady and the Tramp
with One Little Indian
with One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing
. It's kind of cool to have two recent wacky Disney Channel original comedies in the same package.Dadnapped
is the wackier of the two. It's almost a tween version of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
with an familiar cast of Disney Channel regulars in a zany caper. Basically a young girl (Emily Osment
) and her dad (George Newbern) bond because he, a popular kid's adventure series writer, is kidnapped. As is common with such comedies, the young characters are the most level headed and ultimately save the day, this time with trash, slime and dental floss for a gag-filled but nonviolent finale.
The actors are stars as far as frequent viewers of Disney Channel series are concerned. Most are given a chance to play roles outside the ones in which they are most frequently seen, particularly Jason Earles
, who seems to be in more grown up role than on Hannah Montana
, playing a character named, yes, Merv. Ooooooooo. When this movie was promoted on the channel, they drew attention to "Phill Lewis
as you've never seen him before," so part of the attraction was clearly seeing these transformations, though David Henrie
of Wizards of Waverly Place
is probably still eager for an opportunity to play a non-nerd.Dadnapped
, being more or less a vehicle for the actors, is to my family a little less satisfying than Hatching Pete
, which on the surface seems like a silly story about a teen who finds himself more popular in school from being inside a chicken suit at basketball games, but less popular as himself, is like the Spider-Man situation. There is an opportunity for some richness of character and relationships within the plot. Hatching Pete
also benefits greatly from the boy-next-door appeal of Jason Dolley
, who also scored well for Disney Channel as a lead in Minute Men
As in Dadnapped
, various Disney Channel actors (a sturdy stable not unlike that of the early Disney days) have roles in Hatching Pete
, but in this film, the roles offer them a little more character range as well as changes of pace.
Both films offer some bonus material, though somewhat sparse. Dadnapped
includes what amounts to a tag scene touted as an "extended ending" and a quite nice flash animated comic book style adventure featuring the character the Dadnapped dad created. Hatching Pete
includes a short documentary about the mascot, which, according to my daughter, was not among the many interstitials from the Disney Channel.
Plus, an enclosed code allows you to unlock two music videos starring Emily Osment
and Mitchel Musso
-- again very much following a Disney tradition in promoting musical careers like Annette
and Hayley Mills
. It will be interesting to see where each of these performers go on their respective paths.
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