Sky High (2005 film)

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Sky High
Sky High movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMike Mitchell
Produced byAndrew Gunn
Written byPaul Hernandez
Bob Schooley
Mark McCorkle
StarringKelly Preston
Michael Angarano
Danielle Panabaker
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Kurt Russell
Music byMichael Giacchino
CinematographyShelly Johnson
Editing byPeter Amundson
StudioWalt Disney Pictures
Gunn Films
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release datesJuly 29, 2005 (2005-07-29)
Running time100 minutes
Country United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$35 million
Box office$86,369,815
 
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Sky High
Sky High movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMike Mitchell
Produced byAndrew Gunn
Written byPaul Hernandez
Bob Schooley
Mark McCorkle
StarringKelly Preston
Michael Angarano
Danielle Panabaker
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Kurt Russell
Music byMichael Giacchino
CinematographyShelly Johnson
Editing byPeter Amundson
StudioWalt Disney Pictures
Gunn Films
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release datesJuly 29, 2005 (2005-07-29)
Running time100 minutes
Country United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$35 million
Box office$86,369,815

Sky High is a 2005 American superhero family comedy film about an airborne school for teenage superheroes. It was directed by Mike Mitchell and written by Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, and Mark McCorkle. The starring cast includes Michael Angarano as Will, an incoming freshman at the school; Danielle Panabaker as his best friend and love interest; Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston as his parents; Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a popular senior; Steven Strait as Will's rival; and Lynda Carter as Principal Powers.

Plot[edit]

Will Stronghold is beginning grade nine at Sky High, a high school which teaches super powered children. Will's parents are The Commander and Jetstream, the world's most famous superheroes. Will's best friend Layla, who has been his friend since kindergarten has the power to manipulate plant life.

Will is anxious about attending Sky High, located on a floating campus reached by flying school bus, because, unbeknownst to his parents, he has not developed any super powers. The first day he and the other grade nines are harassed by a trio of bullies: the super fast Speed, Lash who can extend his body, and cheerleader Penny who can create duplicates of herself.

Because of his lack of powers, Will is slated to enter a curriculum for "Hero Support" and become a sidekick. His classmates include Ethan who can melt into a fluid, Zach who glows in the dark, Magenta who shape shifts into a guinea pig, and Layla who joins the class in protest against the two track nature of the school's education. The class is taught by The Commander's former sidekick "All American Boy".

The Commander, unaware that his son has been relegated to Hero Support, shows Will his hidden trophy room. He is particularly proud of the mysterious weapon "The Pacifier" which he took from his science themed nemesis Royal Pain years ago. Unknown to either of them, Royal Pain, who had been presumed dead, watches the exchange from a hidden camera in one of the other trophies. As Will settles in to Sky High and makes friends with the other sidekicks he comes into conflict with fire wielding student Warren Peace, whose super villain father had been imprisoned by The Commander. During a fight between the two, Will demonstrates super strength, impressing Gwen Grayson, a beautiful and popular "technopath" who controls machines with her mind. Will is transferred from Hero Support to Hero classes and begins spending more time with Gwen and her popular friends, ignoring the sidekicks and Layla, who later reveals to Warren that she has loved Will for a long time.

On the day before the dance, Gwen tricks Will into throwing a party at his house, and she uses Speed to steal the Pacifier when she seduces Will into showing her the Secret Sanctum. After Gwen lies to Layla, who shows up to investigate the noise and believes the lie, Will breaks up with Gwen refusing to attend the dance even though his parents are going as honored guests. Later, he looks through his father's old yearbooks and sees a student who resembles Gwen. Believing that the student is Royal Pain and that Gwen is her daughter he rushes to the dance.

At the dance party, Gwen reveals that she is in fact Royal Pain. During her previous confrontation with the Commander, the Pacifier, which is meant to turn its target into an infant, had malfunctioned, turning her into a baby instead. She has since waited sixteen years for revenge. With the help of Speed, Lash, and Penny, she takes over the school and uses the Pacifier to turn the faculty and students into infants.

When Will arrives at school, he apologizes to Layla and teams up with Warren and the sidekicks to try and save the day. The sidekicks demonstrate their heroism after Royal Pain sabotages the school's anti-gravity drive and their powers come in handy restarting it. Will, meanwhile, discovers that he also has his mother's powers of flight when he is thrown off the edge of the school grounds and must prevent the campus from falling. Gwen and her henchmen are defeated and arrested and the faculty and students are returned to their proper ages. Will and Layla kiss and a voice over at the end reveals that they become boyfriend and girlfriend.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Oviatt Library at CSU Northridge

Exterior shots of the Sky High school were filmed at the Oviatt Library[2] at California State University in Northridge.[3]

According to scifi.com, Disney was attracted by the "original concept" of "children of superheroes going to high school", originally conceived by screenwriter Paul Hernandez in the 1990s.[4] After recruiting comedy writers Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley (creators of Kim Possible) for polishing Hernandez's script, Disney hired several comedians such as Kevin McDonald, Dave Foley, and Kevin Heffernan for supporting roles.[4] For the main roles, the casting was a mix of established and new teenager actors: while Michael Angarano and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were already successful, Danielle Panabaker was little-known and Steven Strait (a former model) was hired after his first audition ever.[4]

Producer Mike Mitchell said that Sky High functions on two premises: "the adults are all insane" and "the girls are smarter than the boys":[5] Therefore, all the adults portrayed in the film tend to be caricatured, while the teenage girls are written as more assertive and powerful than the boys. For the treatment of the teenage actors, Mitchell also stated that the actors all had their own trailer and were generally kept separated, because "we did not want them to date after the second week and break up after the fourth", which would have made filming difficult.[5]

Mitchell, a science fiction fan, admitted that this project "was a dream", because it brought him together with four of his favorite SF cult heroes: namely Wonder Woman (popularized in the eponymous 1970s series by actress Lynda Carter), Snake Plissken (portrayed by Kurt Russell), Ash Williams (from Evil Dead, played by Bruce Campbell) and Cloris Leachman, who earned fame as Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein.[4]

Reception and box office figures[edit]

Sky High received generally favorable reviews. Based on review aggregrator Rotten Tomatoes,[6] the film earned a "fresh" rating of 73% positive reviews (85 positive, 33 negative). Critics on this website were generally favorable on the firmly tongue-in-cheek nature of the film, which knowingly spoofed comic clichés, but others found it too cheesy. Commercially it was a success: on an estimated budget of US$35 million, it earned just under $64 million in the US alone,[7] and another $22 million internationally, bringing the total to just over $86 million.

Soundtrack[edit]

Sky High (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
ReleasedJuly 26, 2005
GenreSoundtrack
LabelHollywood Records
Singles from Sky High (Original Soundtrack)
  1. "I Melt with You"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars [8]

The Sky High Original Soundtrack was released by Hollywood Records on July 26, 2005, and is composed of covers of songs from the 1980s.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Melt with You" – Bowling for Soup (Originally by: Modern English)
  2. "Through Being Cool" – They Might Be Giants (Originally by: Devo)
  3. "Save It for Later" – Flashlight Brown (Originally by: The Beat)
  4. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" – Christian Burns (Originally by: Tears for Fears)
  5. "One Thing Leads to Another" – Steven Strait (Originally by: The Fixx)
  6. "Lies" – The Click Five (Originally by: Thompson Twins)
  7. "Voices Carry" – Vitamin C (Originally by: 'Til Tuesday)
  8. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" – Elefant (Originally by: The Smiths)
  9. "True" – Cary Brothers (Originally by: Spandau Ballet)
  10. "Just What I Needed" – Caleigh Peters (Originally by: The Cars)
  11. "Can't Stop the World" – Ginger Sling (Originally by: The Go-Go's)
  12. "And She Was" – Keaton Simons (Originally by: Talking Heads)
  13. "Twist and Crawl" – Skindred (Originally by: The Beat)

Reception[edit]

AllMusic rated the album 2.5/5, saying that it "stumbles more than it succeeds" and conclusively "painfully conventional."

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