In the brand new Disney Channel movie ZOMBIES coming to DVD April 24th, there is nothing more difficult in high school than being a Zombie in the normal human world…except for maybe being a Cheerleader with secret white hair. In this music and danced filled movie Zed the Zombie and Addison a cheerleader find that they are not so different and look for a way to break down the walls of hate and fear so that everyone’s differences can be accepted and celebrated.
From the title, I expected ZOMBIES to be about..well…zombies. The flesh-eating undead that ravage the world into an apocalyptic event possibly taking over an unsuspecting high school. I was wrong. While ZOMBIES features a post-apocalyptic world with zombies, it takes place 50 years after the Zombie infection. Now, technology has found a way to make the zombies almost human using what they call a Z-band The bracelet emits special electromagnetic pulses that keep the Zombie genes in check allowing the Zombies to grow beyond the need for brains and flesh. In a way, making them more human.
Of course, when the Z-bands get corrupted, the human like zombies turn back into their nasty zombie selves seeking brains. This happens only a couple of times in the film. As a fan of many Zombie films, I do wish there were more “zombie” moments within in the film. I realize that this is a Disney movie, but having ZOMBIES as the only word in the title, I think it needed more of an “AHHH!” moment.
To tell the difference between a Zombie and a normal human isn’t too difficult. Zombies have green hair and pale skin. They are also not allowed to leave Zombieland except when attending school. However, just like normal kids, zombies also have problems in high school. When a Zombie named Zed wants to be on the football team and falls in love with a cheerleader, it sends this perfect school into chaos. Hate for zombie kind attacks every student at Seabrook. It is up to the two teens to change everyone’s perception on Zombies and bring everyone closer together by teaching acceptance and celebrating each others differences.
The Musical numbers in ZOMBIES are worth a watch. With such a crazy theme of zombies going to high school, the creators could go crazy with all kinds of scenes and setups. I like the light shows, dance numbers, and even their official videos. The songs get the feet tapping, kids dancing, and everyone singing. Check out the official video for BAM! and see for yourself.
The ZOMBIES DVD comes with the feature presentation, several bonus materials and a fun set of temporary tattoos featuring Seabrook and Zombie logos that are very pink and green. Check out the image below to see what they look out. These tattoons make it very easy to show your spirit for the both Human and Zombie.
ZOMBIES is the perfect movie for pre-teens to adults young at heart. The Zombie theme is light enough that a younger audience can enjoy the movie without freaking out over the gore many zombie movies feature, the music and dance numbers are energetic and fun, and the moral of story (accepting those no matter how different they are) is a great lesson for everyone to learn. Disney has produced a fun lighthearted high school love story featuring a zombie apocalyptic world that has already found the Zombie cure. Get a copy of the DVD April 24th from Amazon.com
More about Disney Channel’s ZOMBIES:
Synopsis: Disney’s “ZOMBIES” is a music- and dance-filled story set in the fictitious world of Seabrook, a cookie-cutter community brimming with perky conformity 50 years after a zombie apocalypse. Today, the zombies pose no threat, but are required to live in Zombietown, an isolated, rundown community infused with their unique creative spirit. When zombies are finally allowed to enroll in Seabrook High School, the charming, charismatic zombie Zed, who is determined to play football, meets freshman Addison who dreams of being a cheerleader — the ultimate form of status in Seabrook. Addison takes a lot of flak for befriending Zed and his zombie friends, but comes to learn that zombies and cheerleaders aren’t so different after all. Zed and Addison work together to show Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences and celebrate what makes them a community.
Cast: Milo Manheim as Zed; Meg Donnelly as Addison; Trevor Tordjman as Bucky; Kylee Russell as Eliza; Carla Jeffery as Bree; Kingston Foster as Zoey;
and James Godfrey as Bonzo.
Director: Paul Hoen
Executive Producers: Effie Brown and Paul Hoen
Co-Producers/Writers: David Light and Joseph Raso
Zombie Blooper Reel (DVD Exclusive) – Laugh out loud at the Cast of ZOMBIES in this compilation of the funniest bloopers and outtakes from the making of the film.
The Zombie Survival Guide To High School (DVD Exclusive) – This piece uses a visual motif of a Zombie Survival Guide, with styled infographics and hosted by the talent. We go down the list of some of the most important survival tips for Zombies and humans on how to get along and make the best of high school.
Dance Tutorial – Join Meg Donnelly (Addison), Kylee Russell (Eliza) and ZOMBIES Choreographer, Christopher Scott, as they show you how to dance along to the ‘BAMM” Music Video.
Deleted Scene #1 (DVD Exclusive) – It’s a Cheer-tastrope
Deleted Scene #2 (DVD Exclusive) – New Jacket, New Name
Audition Tapes (DVD Exclusive)
~Milo Manheim Audition
~Meg Donnelly Audition
Music Video – “BAMM”
Lyric Video – “BAMM”