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Director: Peter Hewitt, Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase

Cast: Peter Hewitt, Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase

 
When Earth is faced with certain destruction, an over-the-hill superhero is charged with the task of training four super-powered kids to harness their powers and save the planet in an out-of-this-world comedy adventure for the whole family from director Peter Hewitt. Tim Allen,

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When Earth is faced with certain destruction, an over-the-hill superhero is charged with the task of training four super-powered kids to harness their powers and save the planet in an out-of-this-world comedy adventure for the whole family from director Peter Hewitt. Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Courteney Cox, and Chevy Chase star in a film written by Adam Rifkin and David Berenbaum and based on Jason Lethcoe's comic book Zoom's Academy for the Super Gifted.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Tim Allen -- the voice of Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear and the only-on-TV space hero of Galaxy Quest -- puts his best action-hero foot forward in Zoom: Academy for Superheroes. Based on Jason Lethcoe's graphic novel series, the film casts Allen as the less-than-incredible Jack Shepard, a.k.a. Captain Zoom, a bitter former superhero who is called back into action to transform a squad of "misfits, outcasts, and weirdoes" into Team Zenith. The recruits include Cindy, age 6 (Ryan Newman), a petulant princess with Herculean strength; Tucker, 12 (Spencer Breslin), a plus-size boy with expandable body parts; Summer (Kate Mara), 16, an empathetic high schooler with telekinetic skills; and Dylan, 17 (Michael Cassidy), who can make himself invisible. Jack's brother, whose exposure to gamma radiation transformed him into the villainous Concussion, decimated the original Team Zenith. Thought dead, Concussion is headed back to earth from another dimension to wreak havoc. Can Jack be inspired to become the hero he once was and rally the fractious new team to save the day? Viewers closer to Cindy's age will best appreciate Zoom's modest special effects, empowering action, rocking montages (all set to Smash Mouth songs, though there's not an "All-Star" in the bunch), and gross-out gags, such as demonstrations by Team Zenith applicants "gifted" in flatulence and snot production. Chevy Chase, as a bumbling scientist, and Rip Torn, as a hard-nosed general, elevate their scenes, but Courtney Cox is ill served as a maternal psychologist who is required to fall down a lot. Parents will appreciate that, at a mere 83 minutes, this film zooms by.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2007
UPC:
0043396141506
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Bringing Superheroes to Life: The Making of Zoom; Academy for Superheroes: Guide for Kids

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Allen Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom
Courteney Cox Marsha Holloway
Chevy Chase Dr. Grant
Spencer Breslin Tucker Williams/Mega-Boy
Kevin Zegers Connor Shepard/Concussion
Kate Mara Summer Jones/Wonder
Michael Cassidy Dylan West/Houdini
Ryan Newman Cindy Collins/Princess
Rip Torn General Larraby

Technical Credits
Peter Hewitt Director
Jeffrey Steven Authors Asst. Director
Christophe Beck Score Composer
David Berenbaum Screenwriter
Barry Chusid Production Designer
Joshu de Cartier Art Director
Trevor Engelson Executive Producer
Todd Garner Producer
Tina Gerussi Casting
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Lawrence Jordan Editor
Neil Machlis Executive Producer
Ha Nguyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick Osborne Executive Producer
John Papsidera Casting
Julie Ragland Co-producer
Matt Rebenkoff Asst. Director
Adam Rifkin Screenwriter
Robert F. Scherer Sound/Sound Designer
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Jennifer Todd Producer
Suzanne Todd Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zoom: Academy for Superheroes
1. The Concussion Problem [3:20]
2. Zoom [2:07]
3. The New Kids [3:16]
4. Testing [5:12]
5. Zoom Has Issues [4:08]
6. The Real Zoom [2:26]
7. Training Begins [2:07]
8. Holloway's Disappointment [4:04]
9. Joyride [6:43]
10. "Am I Different?" [3:09]
11. Hardcore Training [3:44]
12. You Don't Care [1:18]
13. Locked Up [1:47]
14. Simulator [2:56]
15. A Leader [1:39]
16. A Revelation [1:49]
17. Control and Execution [3:13]
18. Becoming a Team [1:01]
19. A Plan [1:00]
20. Prom Queens [4:38]
21. "Now We're a Family" [3:01]
22. The Truth Revealed [2:59]
23. Escape! [4:05]
24. A Brother's Return [3:02]
25. Return of Powers [3:46]
26. "Let's Play Ball" [1:46]
27. "Got My Brother Back" [1:31]
28. New Beginning [8:17]

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