DISNEY UNLEASHES CONTEMPORARY SURF-ROCK MUSICAL
"TEEN BEACH MOVIE" WITH SOUNDTRACK PRE-ORDER ON iTUNES TODAY
AND BIG SURF PARTY MOVIE PREMIERE,
FRIDAY, JULY 19 ON DISNEY CHANNEL
-- National Sponsors Honda and Best Western International on Board --
-- DVD with Exclusive Dance Rehearsal Footage and Musical Number Available July 30 -
-- Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton, Grace Phipps, John Deluca, Chrissie Fit, Barry Bostwick, Kevin Chamberlin and Steve Valentine Star --
Disney Channel is primed to unleash Seacat, Giggles, Rascal, Lugnut, Struts, Butchy, Cheechee, Tanner, Lela, Brady and Mack via today's iTunes pre-order of the surf-rock/pop soundtrack for "Teen Beach Movie," an exuberant song, sand and surf fest set inside a retro beach party movie. The storyline depicts how 1960s sensibilities motivate a modern girl to affirm her capability, strengths and goals.
The television premiere of "Teen Beach Movie," a Disney Channel Original Movie sponsored by Honda and Best Western International, is FRIDAY, JULY 19 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel U.S. followed by telecasts on Disney Channels around the world. It will be available Monday, July 15 to verified users on the WATCH Disney Channel app and WATCHDisneyChannel.com.
Made for kids age 6-14 and their families, the summer splash includes event telecasts, a soundtrack from Walt Disney Records in stores nationwide on Tuesday, July 16, licensed product spanning apparel, home decor, fashion dolls, bedding, lunch kits, stationery/school supplies and more available at Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Kohls, Kmart, Disney Stores and other retailers, a junior novel and e-book, themed stickers, frames and filters in the brand new Disney Channel Photo Finish app, a 10-city "Teen Beach Movie Beach Party" event tour at Simon Malls, "Teen Beach Movie" activities and prizes at Radio Disney events across the U.S., seven-foot "Teen Beach Movie"-branded beach balls at One Direction and R5 concerts across the U.S., and the "Teen Beach Movie" DVD with exclusive video available July 19 exclusively at Walmart, and on July 30 at retailers nationwide.
"Teen Beach Movie" introduces confident, resilient surfer McKenzie and her carefree boyfriend, Brady, a fan of the retro surf musical movie, "Wet Side Story." On the morning of McKenzie's planned departure for boarding school, she and Brady catch one last epic wave which mysteriously carries them right into "Wet Side Story," circa 1962, where they meet Seacat, Giggles, Rascal and Cheechee, among others. Amidst the spontaneous song and dance, there's trouble in paradise -- it's bikers versus surfers for control of the local hangout, but Mack and Brady unwittingly interfere with the movie's star-crossed plot, one that would pair a surfer (teen matinee idol Tanner) and a biker (Lela, the sister of Butchy, the biker gang's leader). Typical of the teen beach movie genre, a kooky subplot has mad scientists Les Camembert and Dr. Fusion scheming to alter weather patterns and take over the local hangout -- and then the world.
Directed by Jeffrey Hornaday (Disney Channel's "Geek Charming," choreographer of "A Chorus Line," "Flashdance") and choreographed by Hornaday and Christopher Scott ("Lemonade Mouth," "Step Up 4"), the movie includes retro hairstyles and make-up (by Loida Jeannot and Dominique Borrell, respectively), richly-hued vintage wardrobe designed by Oscar nominee Ruth Carter ("Amistad," "Malcolm X") and other inspirations of the '60s. The score is by David Lawrence ("High School Musical"). The production design is by Mark Hofeling ("High School Musical").
The story is by Vince Marcello (director, featurette version of the off-Broadway musical "Zombie Prom," and "An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars") & Mark Landry, and the teleplay is by Marcello, Landry and Robert Horn (writer of "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure," writer of Broadway's "13" and writer/producer of "Designing Women"). David Buelow ("Bring It On: Fight to the Finish") is the executive producer and Robert F. Phillips ("Teen Spirit," "Valkyrie") is the producer. "Teen Beach Movie" is a production of Rainforest Productions, LLC.
The movie stars Ross Lynch (Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally") as Brady, Maia Mitchell (ABC Family's "The Fosters") as McKenzie, Grace Phipps (ABC Family's "The Nine Lives of Chloe King") as Lela, Garrett Clayton as Tanner, John Deluca as Butchy, Chrissie Fit (ABC's "General Hospital") as Cheechee, Jordan Fisher as Seacat, Mollee Gray (Disney Channel's "High School Musical") as Giggles, Kent Boyd as Rascal, William T. Loftis as Lugnut, Jessica Lee Keller as Struts, Kevin Chamberlin (Disney Channel's "Jessie," Broadway's "The Addams Family") as Dr. Fusion and Steve Valentine (Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie," Disney XD's "I'm In The Band") as Les Camembert. Suzanne Cryer is Aunt Antoinette and Barry Bostwick makes a special appearance as Big Poppa.
The multiplatform schedule is:
NOW THROUGH JULY 13
Disney Channel's "Teen Beach Movie Beach Party" event tour featuring interactive biker and surfer themed entertainment and prizes will travel to Simon Malls in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cleveland, Charlotte, Kansas City, Milwaukee and San Antonio through July 13. Radio Disney Road Crews will be on location to help host the events. The schedule is available on the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps, and the Radio Disney Facebook page.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7
At DisneyChannel.com/TeenBeachMovie, kids and families are invited throughout the summer to download a "Teen Beach Movie" party kit including recipes to create their own movie night experience, play four new "Teen Beach Movie" themed games and make custom digital surfboards and music videos.
MONDAY, JULY 15
Disney Channel SVOD and verified WATCH Disney Channel users can access a first look at "Teen Beach Movie" at WATCHDisneyChannel.com or by downloading the WATCH Disney Channel app for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
TUESDAY, JULY 16
Featuring 12 songs plus three instructional bonus tracks, Walt Disney Records releases the "Teen Beach Movie" soundtrack on iTunes and in stores nationwide. Instructional videos with stars Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell teaching dance moves from the songs "Surf Crazy," "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'" and "Surf's Up" are available exclusively on the physical CD.
FRIDAY, JULY 19 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT)
Premiere of "Teen Beach Movie" on Disney Channel U.S. and UK and on Family Channel Canada.
SATURDAY, JULY 20 (11:00 a.m., ET/PT)
During the encore telecast of "Teen Beach Movie," Disney Channel will host a Live Chat experience inviting viewers to chat LIVE with the stars of the movie at DisneyChannel.com/LiveChat. Throughout the experience, viewers will also be served trivia, polls, photos, fun facts and will have the ability to download a limited amount of ringtones. Viewers can submit questions beginning July 12 for this live chat hosted by Radio Disney's Jake Whetter. The event will be accessible on your desktop, tablet and smartphones.
Fans can use their Disney Channel Photo Finish app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to "Watch and Unlock" or sync to any of the encore broadcasts and receive free "Bikers vs Surfers" and "Sing & Dance" sticker packs. The app is available now for free in the App Store at http://AppStore.com/DisneyChannelPhotoFinish.
Premiere of "Teen Beach Movie" on Disney Channel Japan.
SUNDAY, JULY 21 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT)
The Sing Along edition of "Teen Beach Movie" will be presented on Disney Channel. Lyrics to the movie's nine songs will be visible on screen and available at DisneyChannel.com/TeenBeachMovie.
SATURDAY, JULY 27 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT)
A Dance Along telecast, hosted by the cast of "Teen Beach Movie," airs on Disney Channel with dance tutorials also available on DisneyChannel.com
TUESDAY, JULY 30
"Teen Beach Movie" will be released on DVD at retailers nationwide on July 30. An exclusive new music and dance number including behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, and an in-packed collectible surfboard zipper pull, will be available on Disney DVD at retailers nationwide and at Walmart exclusively on July 19.
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