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Sky High
     

Sky High

4.1 20
Director: Mike Mitchell

Cast: Michael Angarano, Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston

 

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An ordinary teenager finds out he's not so ordinary after all in this comedy-adventure. Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) has his share of anxieties about starting high school, but once he arrives on campus, he discovers he's attending Sky High, a special learning facility for the children of superheroes. Will realizes his father is actually super-human crime fighter

Overview

An ordinary teenager finds out he's not so ordinary after all in this comedy-adventure. Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) has his share of anxieties about starting high school, but once he arrives on campus, he discovers he's attending Sky High, a special learning facility for the children of superheroes. Will realizes his father is actually super-human crime fighter Captain Stronghold (Kurt Russell), while his mom is fellow champion Josie Jetstream (Kelly Preston). However, in Will's first few days at school, Coach Boomer (Bruce Campbell) is unable to discover any superior abilities in him, meaning that instead of joining the school's budding heroes, he's been relegated to the ranks of the lowly sidekicks. In time, Will discovers he happens to have super strength after all, but will he learn to hone his new gifts in time to fend off the bullies at school, get the girl of his dreams, and save his folks from a longtime nemesis? Sky High also features Lynda Carter, Dave Foley, and Kevin McDonald.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although it borrows concepts from the Spy Kids movies and The Incredibles, Sky High offers enough ingenious touches of its own to emerge as a true original. It takes place largely in a high school for the children of superheroes. The freshmen that have inherited powers of their own are designated as Heroes and trained accordingly, while those less gifted are relegated to Sidekick status -- the superhero equivalent of the waterboy. Falling into the latter category is Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano), who is doubly embarrassed by his apparent lack of powers because his parents are the most famous superheroes of all: the Commander (Kurt Russell) and Jetstream (Kelly Preston). As if negotiating puberty wasn't bad enough! Director Mike Mitchell (Surviving Christmas) handles this fanciful premise with tongue planted firmly in cheek, and he keeps a tight rein on the cast so that there's a clear distinction between the comedic set pieces and action sequences. Kurt Russell is a huge asset as the Commander; as a superhero he cuts quite an imposing figure, but he's equally convincing as a loving dad who wants the best for his son. Angarano handles his own role with the aplomb of an older, more experienced actor, and the picture owes much of its success to his skillful portrayal -- one that should appeal both to underachieving teenage boys, and to the parents who love them. Well paced and dotted with inventive action, this rollicking adventure-comedy is a super addition to the family DVD library.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Despite its obvious ode to The Incredibles and the Harry Potter series, Sky High is a wildly entertaining time at the movies that parents and kids will flip for. With an inspired supporting cast that includes Kurt Russell, Bruce Campbell, Linda Carter, and two Kids in the Hall alumni, Kevin McDonald and Dave Foley, the movie surrounds its fledgling teen stars with scene-chewing veterans who delight in a chance to play with superhero molds of old. Michael Angarano and Danielle Panabaker make a splash as the teenage leads, lending the kind of naïve charm to their roles that Disney has thrived on. What makes the flick really work is how the filmmakers took the notion of a superhero school and molded it into a John Hughes-ish type of teen comedy. In fact, though it has grand doses of larger-than-life comic book action, some of the strongest elements are when the movie sets its sights squarely on the genre's oldest conventions. This kind of twist rarely pays off on the big screen, but this one does thanks to its sweet nature and the fun it exudes from the first moment to the last.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
UPC:
0786936288353
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
22,395

Special Features

Super bloopers; Alternate opening; Breaking down the walls: The stunts of Sky High; Welcome to Sky Shigh-Behind the scenes of making the movie with cast and crew; Bowling for soup music video" I Melt With You"; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound-English, French and Spanish; French Subtitles; Widescreen (2.35:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Angarano Will Stronghold
Kurt Russell Steve Stronghold/The Commander
Kelly Preston Josie Stronghold/Jetstream
Kevin Heffernan Ron Wilson, Bus Driver
Steven Strait Warren Peace
Dee Jay Daniels Ethan
Nicholas Braun Zach
Kelly Vitz Magenta
Jim Rash Mr. Grayson
Jake Sandvig Lash
William Harris Speed
Malika Haqq Penny
Khadijah Penny
Cloris Leachman Nurse Spex
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Royal Pain
Bruce Campbell Coach Boomer
Lynda Carter Principal Powers
Dave Foley Mr. Boy
Danielle Panabaker Layla
Kevin McDonald Mr. Medula

Technical Credits
Mike Mitchell Director
Peter Amundson Editor
Paul Amundson Editor
Lisa Brown Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Giacchino Score Composer
Andrew Gunn Producer
William Hawkins Art Director
Paul Hernandez Screenwriter
Bruce Hill Production Designer
Mario Iscovich Executive Producer
Shelly Johnson Cinematographer
Allison Jones Casting
Paul Ledford Sound/Sound Designer
Mark McCorkle Screenwriter
L. Justin Muller Asst. Director
Ann Marie Sanderlin Executive Producer
Robert Schooley Screenwriter
Michael Wilkinson Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sky High
1. Main Title [:00]
2. First Morning at School [:00]
3. Heroes and Sidekicks [:00]
4. In the Secret Sanctum [:00]
5. Support Program [6:54]
6. Power Lunch [10:05]
7. Crossover Appeal [5:37]
8. Crossed Dinner Plans [5:19]
9. Homecoming Committee [9:32]
10. Trouble at the Prom [6:49]
11. Real Hero Support [9:43]
12. End Credits [6:54]
13. Chapter 13 [11:49]
14. Chapter 14 [2:09]
15. Chapter 15 [6:51]
16. Chapter 16 [12:07]
17. Chapter 17 [5:28]
18. Chapter 18 [:00]

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