"It's the start of a new semester at Seabrook High, in a suburban town all about uniformity, traditions, football pep rallies and cheerleading championships. That is, until students from Zombietown integrate into the school and chaos erupts! It takes the courageous friendship between a fierce and determined cheerleader, Addison, and a zombie football star, Zed, to help unite their high school and ultimately their community." That is the official description for Zombies, now available on DVD and Digital from Disney , which has provided NewTechReview with a DVD copy for review.
I have to confess that I'm somewhat surprised that I liked this movie, seeing how it is clearly aimed at the kids and young teens market. I can confidently say that demographic will find this fun-filled, family film enjoyable. Filled with that same spirit you'll find in other Disney Channel titles, the actors put on a great show with nicely choreographed dance numbers and catchy music. Zombies touches on some heavy topics such as segregation, tolerance, and bullying, but it does so in a light-hearted manner so as not to become too preachy. There's a budding Romeo and Juliet type of romance between to the two lead actors, but parents don't need to worry about any kind of sexual content. And while the topic of zombies eating brains and attacking people is discussed, there's no real violence depicted.
Since this is a DVD, there's nothing to really say about the technical aspects of the film. Both the picture and audio track present the film nicely, and director Paul Hoen does an excellent job of capturing the look and feel of the fictional locations of Seabrook High and Zombietown. There are also a number of fun bonus features including:
- Zombie Blooper Reel (DVD Exclusive) - a collection of funny 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. It provides a 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 Scenes, Audition Tapes, and Trailers
- Videos - One music video and one lyric video for BAMM.
While I find many family-oriented films to be annoying because of their need to preach to the audience, Zombies steers clear of this problem by providing an interesting story, an energetic cast, and some catchy musical numbers to create a fun, family-friendly film that kids and teens will enjoy.
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