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Hatching Pete & Dadnapped: Double Feature - family and children's DVD / made-for-TV movie DVD / Disney Channel DVD review
Rated G by the MPAA curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Jason Dolley, Mitchel Musso, Emily Osment, David Henrie, Denzel Whitaker
Directors: Stuart Gillard, Paul Hoen Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DVD release: 12 May 2009 Runtime: 99 min.
(1 disc)
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD features: Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Subtitles (Spanish), Unmasking The Mascot (Hatching Pete), Exclusive extended ending (Dadnapped), Trip Zoome: Off The Rails - animated graphic novel (Dadnapped)

The Disney Channel has produced a delightful double feature with the combination of Hatching Pete and Dadnapped. Those who enjoy the show Hannah Montana will love these made-for-TV movies, because many of their favorite Hannah characters star in these movies.

Hatching Pete will appeal to boys and girls alike. In fact, my ten-year-old son actually liked this one better than my daughter, probably because it has a male-centric storyline. Pete Ivey (Jason Dolley) is a high school student who attempts to fit in, but no one seems to notice him. Pete's best friend Cleatis (Mitchel Musso of Hannah Montana fame) dresses up as the school mascot (a rooster) like everyone else in his family before him has done. But there's one problem-Cleatis is allergic to the feathers and sneezes uncontrollably when he puts the costume on. So Cleatis asks Pete to wear the costume just so he can get a break. Pete entertains the crowd, but the basketball team loses. Everyone thinks it was Cleatis in the costume, and he receives a great deal of attention and recognition. Cleatis asks Pete to continue to wear the costume, while he takes the credit for wearing it. Throw in a pretty girl and some angry basketball players, and you have an entertaining storyline.

Dadnapped stars Emily Osment (Lilly on Hannah Montana) as Melissa Morris. Melissa's father, Neal (George Newburn), is a bestselling author; since he and her mother are divorced, he doesn't have much time to spend with Melissa. The two plan to go on a camping trip, but on their way, they stop by a convention of fan readers of Neal's books. Three zealous fans: Wheeze (David Henrie from Wizards of Waverly Place), Sheldon (Denzel Whitaker), and Andre (Moises Arias of Hannah Montana) kidnap Neal and hold him hostage in order to prove themselves worthy of the prize of being featured in his next novel. But two men posing as police officers (Phill Lewis from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Charles Halford) kidnap both Neal and Melissa from the boys to demand Neal help them get a book published.

Of the two, Hatching Pete is a bit more entertaining, because Dadnapped never feels very authentic. Both have a decent amount of comedy and will appeal to the 'tween and teen sets, regardless of plot complexity or realism. As I mentioned before, my nine and ten year old children enjoyed both of these movies and have watched them more than once. There are some enjoyable making-of featurettes in the special features that viewers will find entertaining.

Overall, viewers will feel like they get their money's worth with this two-movie combination disc. It's great for fans of other Disney Channel shows who want to see their favorite stars in other roles, and they perform them competently well.
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reviewed by Melissa Parcel
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