The Suite Life on Deck: Anchors Away! (2009, Disney)
purchase from Amazon: DVD
The Suite Life on Deck continues the storied saga of Zack and Cody, those lovable characters created by Dylan and Cole Sprouse on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. That long-running Disney show had run its course, so Disney came up with this “Love Boat for kids” idea to keep the Sprouse twins in the fold. The characters moved from the fancy hotel where they lived (in a suite) with their mother to an ocean liner where they sail around the world and attend school on the boat. Gone are Kim Rhodes as their mom, Ashley Tisdale as Maddie and the screwball staff of the Tifton hotel. In their place is Debby Ryan as a love interest, as well as carryovers from the original series, the wonderful Phill Lewis as Mr. Moseby and Brenda Strong as the dimbulb London Tifton.
This new series, like its predecessor, can be funny at times, but it feels like we see the jokes announce their presence from offstage, ruining the surprise of the humor. Furthermore, I don’t know how much more anyone can take of Strong’s character, London. There’s only so much stupidity a person deserves to watch. Continue reading →
Hatching Pete/Dadnapped: Double Feature (2009, Disney) purchase from Amazon:DVD
Are you old enough to remember The Absent Minded Professor? What about the original The Shaggy Dog? Kurt Russell in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes?The Love Bug? That Darn Cat? Although I never saw any of those films in theaters (I’m actually not that old), I vividly recall watching them on The Wonderful World of Disney back in the ’70s. They were innocent films intended for the whole family. The danger was never too dangerous, and the romance never too steamy. When I watch the current crop of made for TV films the Disney Channel produces, films like High School Musical, Jump In! and Minutemen, I recall those simple, well-made movies of long ago (i.e. the ’60s). While the mouse house has all but abandoned high concept, low budget films for theatrical release (instead remaking the low budget affairs into massive budgeted extravaganzas like the recent Race to Witch Mountain), on television Disney has been churning out three to four movies a year, all to great success. With a cadre of young talent from their plethora of sitcoms, every movie is an event that seems to capture big ratings. The latest of these movies are Dadnapped and Hatching Pete, which have been conveniently/economically released on one double feature DVD by Disney. Continue reading →