Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (film)

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Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
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Directed byKenneth Johnson
Produced byThom Colwell
Written byStu Krieger
Marilyn Sadler
(novel)
StarringKirsten Storms
Raven-Symoné
Music bySabelle Breer
Phil Marshall
Kristian Rex
Production companyde Passe Entertainment
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Original channelDisney Channel
Release dateJanuary 23, 1999 (1999-01-23)
Running time97 minutes
Followed byZenon: The Zequel (2001)
 
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Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
Zenon21.jpg
Directed byKenneth Johnson
Produced byThom Colwell
Written byStu Krieger
Marilyn Sadler
(novel)
StarringKirsten Storms
Raven-Symoné
Music bySabelle Breer
Phil Marshall
Kristian Rex
Production companyde Passe Entertainment
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Original channelDisney Channel
Release dateJanuary 23, 1999 (1999-01-23)
Running time97 minutes
Followed byZenon: The Zequel (2001)

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century is a 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie, starring Kirsten Storms as the eponymous heroine. The film was based on the book series Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century written by Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen. The film was originally conceived as a pilot for a potential television series, but the series never got off the ground. Nevertheless, the movie proved popular and warranted two sequels, Zenon: The Zequel in 2001 and Zenon: Z3 in 2004.

Synopsis[edit]

Zenon Kar is a 13-year-old girl who lives with her family on an orbiting space station in 2049. After getting into trouble with the space station's commander, Edward Plank, Zenon's parents punish her by grounding her to Earth to live with her Aunt Judy, who is afraid of space. On Earth Zenon experiences trouble fitting in with other kids, who consider her space-station stories and slang weird and to be avoided. Likewise, Zenon considers the children at her school woefully out of touch with pop culture. To assuage her homesickness, Zenon often communicates with her best friend on the space station, Nebula Wade, via a video phone tablet. Eventually Zenon makes friends on earth with two boys, Andrew and Greg. Along the way the kids learn to be more accepting of one another and to look past first impressions.

During her time grounded on Earth, Zenon uncovers a plot masterminded by station bigwig Parker Wyndham to crash the computers of her space station home (and thus the station itself), which will put everyone on it in danger. When Zenon tries to warn her parents of the danger, Commander Plank, who sees all children as troublemakers, convinces Zenon's parents not to listen to her. He believes that her story is only a ploy to get her back onto the space station so that she can attend an upcoming concert by her idol Proto Zoa (and his pop-rock group Microbe), who are about to perform the world's first space concert.

With the help of her friends Andrew and Greg, Zenon must find a way to save the space station and her family. Andrew creates a computer virus to counteract that deployed by Wyndham, and it is then up to Zenon to get the disk to the station. Hoping to somehow sneak onto a space launch, Zenon goes to the launch yard, where Proto Zoa and his band are about to depart for their concert. In a lucky break, Proto Zoa recognizes Zenon from a "Dance with Proto Zoa" contest and takes her with his band, Mr. Wyndham, his assistant Lutz, and Aunt Judy on the launch to the station. Upon arrival, Commander Plank is shocked to see Zenon on the station, but is smitten with Aunt Judy. After hearing Zenon's story, the commander still has trouble believing her, especially when Wyndham accuses her of sabotaging the station. Against all odds, Zenon manages to use the computer virus program that Andrew created to save the space station, and Wyndham and Lutz get arrested. Afterward, everyone enjoys the Microbe concert.


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Production[edit]

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was originally made as a pilot for a proposed television series.[1] It was directed by Kenneth Johnson and based on the book of the same name by Roger Bollen and Marilyn Sadler. The film was produced by de Passe Entertainment for cable television's Disney Channel, and executive produced by Suzanne de Passe and Suzanne Coston.[2]

Filming began in August 1998.[2] Scenes set on Earth were filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Earth; one well known location is the Plaza of Nations, where Zenon arrives and departs.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

Zenon was originally slated to air on the Disney Channel in December 1998,[3] but ultimately premiered on January 23, 1999.[4] Walt Disney Home Video released it on VHS in September 2000.[5]

Sequels[edit]

The film was followed by Zenon: The Zequel (2001) and Zenon: Z3 (2004).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee, Luaine (July 26, 1998). "Dillion, Diaz together on screen". Vero Beach Press Journal. p. C8. 
  2. ^ a b "Disney Channel Unveils New Slate of Original Kid and Family Programming for 1998; Lineup Includes Original Narrative Series, Game Shows and Movies". Sinocast (Comtex News Network). June 30, 1998. 
  3. ^ Katz, Richard (June 30, 1998). "Disney Channel sets original series, pix". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Staff (January 22, 1999). "Weekend TV Picks". Newsday. p. B43. 
  5. ^ Staff (September 14, 2000). "'East Is East' leads way as batch of comedies hits rental shelves: Family-friendly fare includes 'Snow Day,' 'Flintstones' sequel". Washington Times. p. M24. 

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