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DVD Review: Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana

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What happens when you combine three of the Disney Channel’s most popular hit shows? You get a romp-roaring good time that is sure to thrill tweens near and far! In Disney’s Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana, the cast and crew of the hit television series The Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck and Hannah Montana come together in a combined effort that will leave viewers and fans satisfied and pleased.

In this delightful full-length movie by Disney, Justin (David Henrie) wins a teen cruise to the ever-exotic Hawaii, where he has a dream chance to meet London Tipton (Brenda Song). Alex (Selena Gomez), being Alex, is not allowed to go until she agrees that she will take classes on board. Little do her parents realize that Alex has smuggled Harper (Jennifer Stone) on board with her to take her place in the classes. This leaves Alex free to do what she does best — find trouble and have fun!

To impress Tipton, Justin pretends he is a doctor. In the beginning this works wonderfully, until Justin discovers that Tipton isn’t exactly in the running with Einstein. Meanwhile Alex become friends with Bailey (Debby Ryan) and even saves her with a quick thinking Heimlich maneuver when she is accidentally pushed into the hot tub while eating and starts to choke. This brings to light that Alex is not really the person she is trying to hide herself as (Ashley Olsen) and that Justin is not the doctor he claims to be.

Throughout all this, Zack (Dylan Sprouse) and Cody (Cole Sprouse) are up to their usually antics and pranks. When the beloved pop princess Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) boards the S.S. Tipton on her way to a sold-out concert in Honolulu, things really heat up. When Cody finds out what a huge Hannah Montana fan Bailey is, he tries to reconnect with Hannah to get tickets for her concert. However, Hannah does not remember Cody, so Cody must come up with a plan to impress Bailey and give her the chance to see her favorite singer.

As one might think, the presence of a well-known and loved pop star brings craziness and chaos galore, along with plenty of laughs and comedy. There is also an underlying feeling of desperation when Hannah loses her wig and lucky charm anklet. Without those things, she worries that her days of having the best of both worlds are over.

Disney does a fantastic job combining these three hit shows and bringing them together to make a delightfully fun full-length movie. Each character is able to keep his or her own personality and the chemistry that ensues, when they all come together, is excellent.

My seven-year-old daughter, who is an avid fan of all three of these Disney works, was thrilled when she heard this movie was coming out. After sitting down to watch it, she was excited and not in the least bit let down. I also have to admit that it was quite an entertaining collaboration and a smart move on the part of Disney.Those who are not completely familiar with the individual series get a hilarious glimpse into each of these characters and can take away from that an idea of what the television shows are like. This may easily and quickly bring new fans to The Witches of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck and/or Hannah Montana.

Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana is a wonderful and entertaining family movie that all can easily enjoy. No, there are no shoot ’em ups or violence that Dad may lean toward, but I think he may still be able to capture a few laughs here and there. My three-year-old son did not seem to mind watching in the least either. Of course he is used to these familiar faces that often grace our television screen as his big sister takes her turn for brain-numbing television time.

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