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BlakeOnline Special – BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards 2009 Winners

June 24, 2009

Image © Disney/Pixar.

The winners for the inaugural BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards.

By Blake

Originally posted June 24, 2009.

This year, BlakeOnline is the home of the inaugural BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards! A “Bullseye” has been given to a variety of Disney-related (and some non-Disney-related) productions that I think deserve some extra attention. I chose the “Bullseye” name to keep with the Toy Story theme that began with the new “Buzz” quarterly updates. Hopefully, this will become an annual BlakeOnline event. The Bullseye nominees were announced on June 8, 2009, and the winners are in! How were the winners determined among the nominees? Well, I just chose them. Although it would make sense for Disney fans to choose what they think should win, at this point it was simpler for me to choose the results based on what I’ve observed around the Disney community.

In the future, I plan to give nominations to projects that were released within a one-year time frame (from mid-May to mid-May), but since this is the first year of the Bullseye Awards, I’m gone with an 18-month time frame, from mid-November 2007 through mid-May 2009.

Here are the winners (and runner-ups) for the inaugural BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards!! A * indicates a category that includes (but is not limited to) non-Disney nominees.

Best Movie – Enchanted

This movie has the workings of a true modern Disney classic. Many of the components that have made up previous Disney masterpieces were present, including endearing characters, superb music (provided by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, who earned three Academy-Award nominations), and a subtle focus on animation, even though most of the movie was in a live-action format. The film consisted of an animated heroine named Giselle (played by Amy Adams) being thrust from her home in Andalasia and into the real world. Giselle’s groom-to-be Prince Edward (James Marsden) journeys after her in an effort to return her home, while Giselle is taken in by a flustered man named Robert (Patrick Dempsey). Ultimately the movie’s highest points come as Giselle takes New York by storm as she enchants the city with her charming antics, including breaking out into song and communicating with “woodland” creatures. The film also has a strong emphasis on many Disney references, sure to keep Disney fans paying close attention to detail.

Enchanted wins Best Movie. Image © Disney.

Best Movie Runner-Up – Bolt

Bolt had the feel of a classic Disney animated film. It certainly had taken great care to create its main characters, especially Rhino, the hilarious hamster. Its plot consisted of a dog named Bolt headlining his own TV series, thinking all of his powers from the show are real. This proves to be a problem when he accidentally finds himself in New York, having to trek back home to Hollywood with a sly cat named Mittens and an obsessive fan named Rhino the hamster in tow. Overall I think Bolt was culminated together rather nicely, and hopefully it’s a hint at what’s yet to come from Walt Disney Animation Studios in the coming years.

Best TV Show* – American Idol Season 7

2008’s American Idol contestants possibly revolutionized the competition by adding their own distinctive styles to their performances. With contestants being allowed to use instruments on stage for the first time, the show dramatically changed from looking for the best singer to looking for the best artist – someone who could add their personality into their performances and change up arrangements to better suit them. David Cook achieved this excellently throughout the season, and ended up winning. Cook’s debut self-titled rock album was released in November, and he’s now on tour. In second place was David Archuleta, who has since also released a self-titled album, made appearances on Nickelodeon’s iCarly and Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, and is now touring with Demi Lovato.

American Idol Season 7 wins Best TV Show. Image © Fox.

Best TV Show Runner-Up* – American Idol Season 8

Again, contestants had to step it up to change their performances and define themselves as artists in another unforgettable season. Kris Allen eventually won.

Best TV Special/Movie* – A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

I can’t express how ecstatic I was when I found out that the Muppets would be returning to TV for a one-hour Christmas special. Part of an ongoing effort to bring the Muppets back (which is expected to continue with more upcoming projects), A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa debuted on NBC in December, 2008, and delivered a wholeheartedly quality Muppet production filled with heart, hilarity, and even a few delightful new songs (which were written by Paul Williams). The special had Kermit and friends delivering several lost letters to Santa Claus. In true Muppet fashion, everything doesn’t go exactly as planned.

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa wins Best TV Special/Movie. Image © Disney.

Best TV Special/Movie Runner-Up* – American Idol Season 8 Finale

A real showstopper, this finale had many surprise appearances and amazing performances. Keith Urban, Kiss, Lionel Richie, Cyndi Lauper, Jason Mraz, David Cook, Queen, and more were among the highlights. Additionally, the season’s top thirteen contestants were all brought back to perform, and the night ended with Kris Allen being named 2009’s American Idol winner.

Best Acting – Amy Amy Adams as Giselle in Enchanted
The naïve, curious, and awed Giselle was played wonderfully by Amy Adams in Enchanted. In the live-action scenes, the movement and rhythm of Adams’ actions conveyed Giselle’s character excellently. In the animated sequences, the deliverance of Giselle’s diction and speech again brought the character to the screen marvelously.

Amy Adams wins Best Acting for her performance as Giselle in Enchanted. Image © Disney.

Best Acting Runner-Up – Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay in High School Musical 3: Senior Year


Already proving from the first two High School Musical movies that she could diversify her roles to become both the kind Maddie in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as well as the devious Sharpay in HSM, Ashley Tisdale stepped up her game for the third HSM installment to bring an excellent performance. Devious, attention-getting, and clever all describe Sharpay and all were performed superbly by Tisdale, who once again delivered a solid performance.

Best Song – “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted
Written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

Enchanted’s lavish production number, “That’s How You Know” had Giselle (played by Amy Adams) gallivanting around Central Park in an effort to bring cheer and happiness to citizens, as well as teach them how they should treat their loved ones. The song is one of the best new Disney tunes in years, and was released on the DisneyMania 6 CD in May, 2008, sung by Demi Lovato.

“That’s How You Know” written by Alan Meken and Stephen Schwartz wins Best Song. Image © Disney.

Best Song Runner-Up – “I Want It All” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Written by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil

Describing the personality of Sharpay Evans (played by Ashley Tisdale) to a tee in one single song, “I Want It All” consists of pretty selfish lyrics when just reading the words, but when watching it performed on screen in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, it does its job quite well to convey the personalities of two of the movie’s main characters and to deliver an important plot point. The lyrics creatively spin dialogue into melodies and suit the Sharpay and Ryan characters wonderfully. The songwriting here is just right.

Best DVD – Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition

Definitely one of my favorite Disney movies ever, Mary Poppins came to DVD again in January, 2009, with most of the wonderful bonus features that were included on 2004’s 40th Anniversary Edition of the film, as well as new supplements going behind the scenes of the Broadway production of Mary Poppins. The movie’s DVD would be magnificent if it contained nothing but the film itself, but the addition of the many DVD bonuses makes it a very satisfying set.

Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition wins Best DVD. Image © Disney.

Best DVD Runner-Up – Walt Disney Treasures: Disneyland Secrets, Stories, & Magic

This DVD was released as part of the Walt Disney Treasures series in December, 2007, and includes a truly great new documentary tracing the history of Disneyland and what went into initially creating the park. Bonuses include an entertaining Disney trivia game, a very fascinating presentation (and commentary) of People and Places: Disneyland, U.S.A., several episodes of The Wonderful World of Color, a pleasant art gallery, and more.

Best Internet Video Series* – Disney Park Characters


These are a range of hilarious videos recorded by various Disneyland and Walt Disney World park guests focusing on the happenings of the Mad Hatter, Alice, Peter Pan, the Tremaines, and other characters throughout the parks. What’s so great about these is that – unlike the other candidates for this Bullseye category – most of them are of real events throughout the Disney parks that weren’t scripted, showing the true enchantment that exists in Disney’s characters and Cast Members. Links: Users Briberry, Disleanne, SkeletonStockings, MadHattress330, forevermeg4u.

Best Internet Video Series Runner-Up* – Muppets.com

Began in February, 2008, this is a collection of official Muppet videos featuring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Pepe, Rizzo, and even some of the lesser-known characters like Bobo the Bear and Beauregard. The videos have been continuously added to the website since the site’s initial launch, and now contain enough material to provide quite a while of hilarious entertainment. They’re definitely worth checking out.

That wraps up this year’s BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards! Congratulations to all of the winners!

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By Blake; posted June 24, 2009. All images © Disney EXCEPT: Bullseye image © Disney/Pixar; American Idol image © Fox.

Disney Talk – High School Wasn’t Meant to Last Forever

March 8, 2009

Just when we thought it was all over, the “High School Musical” mania is back for fourths.

By Blake

Originally posted March 8, 2009.

***SPOILER WARNING***
This article reveals plot details/spoilers/endings about High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Well, here I am on the day that I was supposed to be writing a High School Musical farewell article, highlighting the franchise’s impact on the entertainment industry and giving the series a much-deserved meaningful goodbye. No joke, I had this article planned out for about two weeks.

However, something occurred this past Wednesday, March 4, 2009, that altered what I would be writing about. A very important announcement was made by the Walt Disney Company. An announcement that I’m not too sure I agree with. An announcement that will – once again – take over families’ television sets with an entirely new round of HSM-related mania.

What’s the big news? High School Musical 4 is coming.

Disney announced on Wednesday that High School Musical 4 will debut on Disney Channel (not in theaters) in 2010 and will feature a “love triangle” between students at the familiar East High and the unfamiliar West High.

Since Troy (Zac Efron), Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), and the rest of the Wildcats from the first three films graduated in High School Musical 3: Senior Year and the plot that Disney released doesn’t involve anything about Troyella in college, it’s safe to say that the well-known characters from the first three films will not be returning in High School Musical 4. That’s not to say that they won’t appear in a few cameos (they might, but they might not), they certainly won’t be the main characters this time around. The end of the third film did reveal that Sharpay would be returning to East High to help work in the drama department, though it is unknown at this time if Ashley Tisdale will be appearing in the fourth film.

So, if the already-established Wildcats are off in college, who’s this fourth film going to be about? Well, there were three new sophomore characters that were introduced in Senior Year – Jimmie “The Rocket” Zara played by Matt Prokop, Tiara Gold played by Jemma McKenzie-Brown, and Donnie Dion played by Justin Martin – and they’re likely to reprise their roles in High School Musical 4. However, a United Kingdom article reported that as of February 17, McKenzie-Brown’s father hadn’t yet been approached by Disney concerning his daughter returning in the fourth film, and that was just a week before the announcement for the fourth movie was made. Does Disney have plans for an entirely different cast, with no returning student characters at all? I suppose that the East High teachers – such as Mrs. Darbus the drama teacher and Coach Bolton (the basketball coach and Troy’s dad) – will return, but you never know.

From left: Jemma McKenzie-Brown as Tiara Gold, Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans, and Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans in High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
I really don’t know how to respond to this burst of news. In the back of my head I did think Disney would probably want to make another High School Musical film eventually, but I guess I just didn’t think they would really do it. But they are. And it’s not that I’m totally 100% opposed to that – I’m all for a good, old-fashioned Disney musical. It’s not the actual idea of a new HSM movie that I dislike, but it’s the continuation of a brilliant story that capped off in stellar fashion back in October that has me concerned. High School Musical 3: Senior Year was what every series finale should be aiming for, as it wrapped up its entire series’ story by culminating together the characters, music, and essence of its spirit with such an incredible theme that not only nicely concluded its trilogy but also spoke on an emotional level that to continue it might reduce the efforts of the entire film. It was all about saying goodbye; about departing from those you love. Now does none of that even matter?

Though, I digress. I’ll certainly be tuning into High School Musical 4 with my family come 2010, and Disney probably will produce another great show-stopping extravaganza, but the idea of changing gears and engaging the story around an entirely different cast makes me a little nervous. It will probably turn out to be a good movie, but I guess the human fear of change has me unsettled about the news. Needless to say, we’re going to be going through another round of HSM hoopla all over again. And I’m OK with that. I think that in the way Disney sees things, it doesn’t completely matter if a sequel lives up to or attains the same positive reviews as its original. Or at least that’s not the only thing that matters. Of course the story plays a major part into creating a film, but I think Disney’s primary goal throughout their long history has been to entertain families. And whether critics like it or not, the High School Musical phenomenon does just that.

I’ve never really taken the subject of why Disney makes so many sequels into consideration until now, but now I’m realizing that it doesn’t matter if hard-core reviewers or audience members that claim these films to be their own disapprove of Disney’s many sequels. Disney’s made so many of them by now that the public has taken a liking to make fun of them excessively. But the truth of the matter is, these sequels, no matter how redundant or unneeded they may seem, attain the level of entertainment – for their target audience, not necessarily reviewers – that Disney is known for, keeps old characters fresh in the sight of new generations, and make sure some of these classic stories don’t fade away.

At first I was completely opposed to the thought of another High School Musical film. I still don’t think a fourth installment is necessarily needed, nor do I think it will progress the theme of saying goodbye that the second and third films did such a great job of conveying. But it will keep the musical genre alive for a little bit longer (hey, all you Jonas Brothers fans) and will keep millions of families entertained. And that’s what it’s all about.

And as for that nostalgic look back at the first three High School Musical productions? Stay tuned . . .

By Blake; posted March 8, 2009. All images (C) Disney.

DVD Review – "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" Extended Edition DVD Review

February 23, 2009

The international musical phenomenon of the decade concluded with a spectacular grand finale in October, but its DVD leaves room for improvement.

By Blake

Originally posted February 22, 2009.

Soundtrack release, movie release, international mania, DVD release with several bonuses, more mania, special edition DVD release with more bonuses, even more mania, sequel.

That’s been the pattern for both the first two High School Musical films, released in January 2006 and August 2007, respectively. As the third movie, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, makes its way through its release process, that pattern seems to be continuing yet again. The soundtrack was released on October 21, 2008, the movie was released (in theaters this time) on October 24, international mania followed, and now we’re up to the film’s DVD release. Although there’s definitely more mania ahead, I don’t know if we can expect a sequel or not. And as for another DVD release? Probably, especially when you look at the contents of the new DVD, which was released last Tuesday, February 17, 2009.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year Extended Edition DVD

Total approx. disc running time: About 180 minutes (about 3 hours) (includes bonus features)
Highlight of Disc: Feature film
Highlight Runner-Up: “Cast Goodbyes” featurette
First of all, the movie itself is sensational. All of the East High Wildcats return for thirds and are getting excited as the milestone events of their senior year approach, including the prom, graduation, and preparing their own musical (which the audience gets to see this time). All in the midst of this, each of them must decide where their future lies as they prepare for college, a concept that each of the six main characters Troy (Zac Efron), Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale), Ryan (Lucas Grabeel), Chad (Corbin Bleu), and Taylor (Monique Coleman) finds very pressuring and uncertain. Each of them is unsure whether to stick together or to follow their own individual desires, while at the same time staying true to themselves. Of course, there are a few cheesy moments, but overall the film deserves its spot on the silver screen as opposed to the television set format its two predecessors had. The music and dance sequences are on a more vast scale, the characters reach new heights in the depth of their personalities, and the emotion of the film is on an entirely different level than the two other High School Musical films. These components make Senior Year blossom into much more than the small Disney Channel franchise that High School Musical once was.

Zac Efron as Troy Bolton and Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez in High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Release

However, the great movie that’s also the show-stopping conclusion (for now, at least) to the High School Musical phenomenon arrives on DVD with no real excitement, not even on its two-disc Extended Edition. I gave in to the Extended Edition version, thinking I would be getting two discs’ worth of bonus features. However, just like with November’s release of Wall-E, I was tricked into believing something that wasn’t. Here, two discs means one disc for the movie with a few bonuses and one disc for the digital copy of the movie for your iPod, not two discs of material. With Wall-E, that was OK because in total it was a three-disc set (I was thinking there would be three discs of material, instead there were two). However, with High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the set is labeled as a two-disc compilation, and technically it is. Unfortunately for consumers, with the introduction of the DisneyFile digital copies, purchasing a DVD has now turned into a question of what we’re really buying. Which makes me uncertain as to whether next month’s release of Bolt will turn out the same way.

Anyway, the bottom line here is that there’s the regular, standard version of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which includes one disc that features the movie and one bonus feature, and there’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year Extended Edition, which includes one disc that features the movie with slightly more bonus features and one disc for the digital copy of the movie.

Bonus Features

The one bonus feature that’s included on both versions is also the most worthwhile: “Cast Goodbyes” (about six minutes) is a featurette that includes interviews with the cast about not only their characters graduating from East High, but also on themselves graduating from High School Musical. Emotional and teary, I’m glad Disney included this in the set – it was definitely the highlight of the bonuses and to see how the performers of this wild phenomenon said goodbye to three years of their life was something really special.

Zac Efron (who plays Troy Bolton) and Vanessa Hudgens (who plays Gabriella Montez) on the set of High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
That’s the only bonus feature that the standard DVD offers, though the Extended Edition includes several other bonuses. Though to be called “Extended,” there’s nothing really added on to the movie itself at all. I was half-expecting a new musical number like the one that made High School Musical 2’s DVD “extended,” but here I suppose the word really means the inclusion of deleted scenes (which, played together, are about six minutes). All together there are eight deleted scenes, most of which seem too short to even consider being deleted at all. The most memorable, though, is one where Zeke asks Sharpay to the prom.

Continuing through the bonuses are additional bloopers (about three minutes), which are always a pleasurable inclusion.

Next is Disney’s Song Selection, which allows viewers to play all the songs in the film consecutively or by themselves. If you choose to play them all, they’ll total about forty-eight minutes. Personally I prefer to skip to my favorites instead of watching them all.

Lastly, under Backstage Disney, is the aforementioned Cast Goodbyes, as well as two additional featurettes focusing on the prom. The first, called “Night of Nights” (about seven minutes) mostly involves the rehearsals and hard work that went into the choreography of the “A Night to Remember” and “Can I Have This Dance” numbers. The second featurette is called “It’s All in the Dress” (about three minutes) and deals with the costume design of the prom dresses for Gabriella, Taylor, Kelsi, and Sharpay. When played together, these three featurettes offer about fifteen solid minutes of behind-the-scenes entertainment from several different areas of the film as a sort of mini-making-of that should please fans of the movie.

From left: Corbin Bleu as Chad, Monique Coleman as Taylor, Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella, and Zac Efron as Troy in the “Can I Have Dance” number from High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
The absence of more similar featurettes hint that another DVD release is on the way in the future, possibly with an additional disc of bonuses that would further continue these entertaining featurettes. We can hope for an audio commentary, too, though that’s unlikely. Another DVD release would certainly make sense, especially since the first two High School Musical films did exactly this, and it would follow the aforementioned cycle that appears to be patterning with these films. However, for the record, no announcement, confirmation, or declination of a future DVD version of High School Musical 3: Senior Year has been released by Disney.

Menus

The menus of the Extended Edition are themed to the East High yearbook, and with all of the pictures, “autographs,” and other items placed on the screen, it’s often difficult to see where your selection icon is. This is primarily the case with the bonus features sub-menu, where the underline that serves as your remote control selection is red, and the background is a different shade of red.

Wrapping It Up

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is probably a film that Disney fans or families that have kids in the elementary- and middle-school stage will be wanting to have on their shelves. If you want to know the truth, the smart thing would be to hold off about a year to see if another, more elaborate release of the film is coming. However, that decision to hold off is likely not to happen due to the impatient nature of today’s generation, including myself. For now, you’re better off with the standard, single-disc version of High School Musical 3: Senior Year. The two additional featurettes and deleted scenes included on the Extended Edition are nice, but I don’t think they justify purchasing the more expensive option, unless you really think you’re going to use to the iPod copy of the movie that’s also included on the Extended Edition. I’d advise the standard version – you’ll get the great movie, as well as the better bonus feature, for a reasonably low price, especially if buy it at a discount store like Wal-Mart or Target. Because High School Musical 3: Senior Year really is a special film, and this time it’s not the start of something new, but the end of something great.

How do I rank High School Musical 3: Senior Year Extended Edition DVD? (Bolded is my choice.)
Very good movie + good bonus features =
  • Aaaah!
  • Blech
  • Not good
  • Good
  • Very good
  • Brilliant

High School Musical 3: Senior Year Extended Edition DVD will most likely please: Disney Fans – Musical Fans – Kids (ages 5-7) – Older Kids (ages 8-10) – Tweens (ages 11-13) – Teenagers – Parents

By Blake; posted February 22, 2009. All images (C) Disney.

Silver Screen Review – High School Musical 3: Senior Year

November 15, 2008

The Wildcats return with irresistible musical numbers as they say their final good-bye.

By Blake

Originally posted November 15, 2008.

As it leaps to the big screen, High School Musical 3: Senior Year displays a dazzling arrangement of music and Disney magic that creates a very complete series finale. The music is wonderful, the characters find themselves and their personalities more than ever before, and the story really makes you savor your time, not only with the characters in the movie but also on a real-life level with your family and friends. For a movie that has so much power and influence over today’s modern audiences, it’s heart-warming to know that that kind of sincere message can be played across to such a vast variety of people in a pleasing and not urging way. The film provides its laughs, but its main focus is certainly the emotional side, not so much sad as it is reflective.

The Wildcat students Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens), Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale), Ryan Evans (Lucas Grabeel), Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu), and Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman) return to East High for their senior year of high school. In addition to the many exciting and pressuring events leading up to their graduation, such as the basketball finals and the prom, each of them is also deciding where their future lies as they transitionally bloom into adulthood and go to college next year. In an effort to have something fun to do all together as a group one last time before they say good-bye to East High, they all sign up (with some persuasion) to participate in the spring musical, which, of course, results in breaking out into song on more than one occasion, some unexpected plot twists, and a few real surprises that will have you gaping.

While the second film branched off to develop some deeper personalities for some of the other not-so-prominent characters such as Ryan and Taylor, in Senior Year it really is back to being Troy and Gabriella’s story. Their relationship is further displayed as it reaches new levels and the real-life relationship of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens certainly helps that connection between their characters to play off wonderfully onscreen.


In addition to the entire cast from the first two films returning for thirds, there are three new characters that are introduced in Senior Year, all of which are sophomores. Personally I thought they each got more than enough screen time and, towards the end of the film, found them on the verge of annoying. After all, if this really is the last time I’m going to be seeing a new HSM movie, I’d rather savor the time with the already-established characters I know than get acquainted with some pesky new characters. They did their job to progress the plot forward, but just got a little too much air time than I thought was necessary.

The music of this third volume certainly shows off impressive dance sequences and implements several uses of special effects throughout its tunes. There seems to be a slightly larger focus on slower songs this time, though, almost as if to coincide with the tender subject of saying “good-bye” that is repeated throughout the movie. I won’t name any particular song titles so as to not give away any potential spoilers, but three particular numbers come to mind when thinking of the film’s highest points.

It really is all about good-byes this time around. The characters are all going in different directions as they make their way to college and the film very nicely (and professionally), but most importantly satisfactorily, wraps itself up to conclude the epic, ground-breaking movie series. The characters make it clear to the audience that this is the last time to see them and even as I watched the movie with my family I couldn’t help but get a feeling of nostalgia as if this was something really special, a cultural phenomenon finally coming to a close. Looking back at the 2000’s in years to come, I don’t think any pop-culture look-back special would be complete without mentioning High School Musical.

Even if there will eventually be a High School Musical 4 (which is an indefinite topic around the news lately), a fourth movie is not likely to achieve the same likability from me as the other three did. Sure, it might be a huge success at the box office, but if that’s all Disney is striving for as they create a third sequel, then the movie’s story and plot will probably be bogus as a result of this money-making mindset. HSM3: Senior Year very plainly completes the Wildcats’ story right down to the last scene and furthering that story would not only most likely ruin the worth of the first three movies but also completely destroy the whole theme and effort of Senior Year.

It does get a tad bit cheesy at times and you can certainly predict when “a song is coming on,” but High School Musical 3: Senior Year proudly presents its characters, music, story, and family entertainment with importance and poise. That extra touch of Disney magic is sprinkled all throughout the movie, perhaps more than I’ve ever seen it used at one time before. I’ll certainly miss all of the HSM-related mania and hoopla once the movie’s release settles down a bit and the franchise is done for good because you can’t help but get a little emotional as the curtain closes on this whirlwind of a series for one last time.

How do I rank High School Musical 3: Senior Year? (Bolded is my choice.):

  • Utterly repulsive
  • Blech
  • Not good
  • Good
  • Very good
  • Brilliant

High School Musical 3: Senior Year will most likely please: Musical Fans – Kids (ages 5-8) – Older Kids (ages 9-10) – Tweens (ages 11-13) – Teens – Parents

By Blake; originally posted November 15, 2008. All images (C) Disney.

Disney Talk – Sneak Peek of "High School Musical 3"

January 17, 2008

Some details about the Wildcats’ upcoming big screen adventure have been released.

By Blake

Originally posted January 17, 2008.

I’ll be brief, because there’s really not a lot to say about this topic other than what Disney has JUST released about the upcoming sequel in the ever-popular High School Musical franchise. This time, however, the film will not debut as a Disney Channel Original Movie, but under the Walt Disney Pictures label. Meaning, yes, it will be a THEATRICAL RELEASE. On January 14, 2008, Disney officially announced that the film’s six main stars (including Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman) are all signed on for the next round of HSM.

And, according to Disney, the plot will surround Troy and Gabriella getting ready for college and setting up a spring musical. So, as it turns out, we thankfully WON’T be seeing the rumored “Haunted High School Musical” Halloween-themed film that was originally in the works.

And, if the release date isn’t pushed back, the movie will be released theatrically October 24, 2008. If this is true, then that will be one of the biggest weeks for the Walt Disney Company ever. Why? Well, not only will HSM3 be released, but just four days later the highly-anticipated, direct-to-DVD movie Tinker Bell, where the classic Disney fairy finally earns her voice, will be released. Additionally, just a few weeks prior to that, Sleeping Beauty will be released for the first time in five years on DVD, with a hoopla of bonus material to fill up two discs. With Sleeping Beauty, HSM3, and Tinker Bell all consecutively, October 2008 is going to be one month of entertainment that you won’t want to miss.

By Blake; posted January 17, 2008. All images (C) Disney.