Sunday, May 15, 2011

Disney's Lemonade Mouth on DVD hits Stores May 24th

Be Heard! Be Strong! Be Proud!

If you have a kid between the ages 6-11 than you undoubtedly have heard of Lemonade Mouth  when it aired on the Disney Channel. If you haven't heard of it, now is your chance.

Disney invites audiences of all ages to turn up the music and have some fun with the highly-anticipated 2-Disc DVD + Digital Copy debut of Lemonade Mouth available now for Pre-order.

The hit Disney Channel Original Movie, stars Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko, Naomi Scott, Blake Michael, Nick Roux, Chris Brochu, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Christopher McDonald, and features an exclusive extended music scene that fans can only get on this Extended Edition DVD release.

In addition to featuring 10 awesome original songs from the No. 1 soundtrack, the exciting Lemonade Mouth: Extended Edition DVD release includes an exclusive extended performance of “Livin’ on a High Wire” and an exciting “Rock-Along” version of the movie that allows fans to sing along, with lyrics to all the songs, appearing on-screen. Both features are available only on the DVD that debuts in the US on May 24, 2011 (Canada on May 17, 2011).

This spirited, music-driven movie introduces an unlikely ensemble of five students — Olivia, Wen, Stella, Mohini and Charlie – who, after meeting in detention, gradually realize their shared musical connection and belief that it’s time for the students of Mesa High to stand up and be heard on things big and small (ranging from the school Principal’s exclusive support of the athletic programs to the removal of the popular organic lemonade from the cafeteria). Ultimately, as they open up to each other and form friendships, they start a band — Lemonade Mouth — that soon resonates with students sidelined by the high school elite. However, not everyone in the school is ready to cheer them on, especially since the popular rock group Mudslide Crush is determined to maintain their headline status and win the coveted Rising Star music competition.

What I Can Tell You: This is exactly the direction Disney should be going right now. I love the friendship, be strong, be proud, stand up for what you believe in theme. 

The movie starts out with Stella, a new girl who is angry about moving and starting a new school a month into the semester.  She finds herself in detention where she meets four other freshman students. They seem to have nothing in common until, they start putting together a beat, each one bringing something different to the sound. Before you know it, they are a band.

With the help of a Lemonade Machine, a spirited music teacher played by Trisha Campbell Martin, and Stella with a penchant for being heard, the group play in front of their peers and are actually really good.

I loved the building of the friendships between the kids and how their problems seemed very real and not contrived. There is someone everyone can relate to; whether you are the ignored kid, the quiet kid, the overachiever, you will find someone who resonates with you.

Another surprised was that the songs were actually good! I didn't feel silly watching this and kids will undoubtedly appreciate the music. Catchy without the over saccharin of most kid friendly musicals.

by the way, I can't get this song out of my head.

This was a great movie that I highly recommend. Looking for some new tunes for your MP3?  Get the entire soundtrack for Lemonade Mouth or if you prefer to read the book, Lemonade Mouth: Adapted Movie Tie-In Edition

Based on the book Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes and directed by award-winning Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna aka Under the Same Moon), executive-produced by Debra Martin Chase (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Disney Channel’s “The Cheetah Girls” movies), co-produced by Gaylyn Fraiche (Just Wright, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2) and choreographed by Chris Scott (TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”).

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the DVD, courtesy of Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment for my honest opinion.

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