Disney Channel announced at Licensing International Expo 2011 that Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) “Lemonade Mouth 2,” the sequel to the hugely popular movie, is currently in development, along with a DCOM based on the hit buddy comedy series “Shake It Up.”
The music-filled kid, tween and family movie “Lemonade Mouth” is a dynamic story in which music intersects with themes of communication, personal development and empowerment. Central to the core storyline are five teenagers who are profoundly changed when a music teacher motivates them to throw “what-ifs” out the window, pursue their true passion, form a band and, ultimately, seize the opportunity to express their unique selves – despite lack of support from the school administration. After premiering in April as the year-to-date’s No. 1 cable movie in Total Viewers and No. 1 television movie with Tweens 9-14, in its 16th telecast, ”Lemonade Mouth” is still going strong, again ranking No. 1 for the day among Kids 6-14 and Tweens 9-14.”
“Lemonade Mouth 2″ will reunite fans with Olivia, Wen, Stella, Mohini and Charlie, and feature all-new music.
The hit buddy comedy series set in the world of a tween dance show, “Shake It Up, Chicago!,” has generated development plans for a DCOM debut. The comedy series features two high-spirited characters, best friends CeCe Jones and Raquel “Rocky” Blue, whose dreams of becoming professional dancers are realized when they become background dancers on the most popular teen dance show, “Shake it Up, Chicago!,” a gig they land thanks to their longtime and well-connected friend, Deuce. Between learning a wide range of new dance styles, navigating the backstage antics at the show (especially with their rivals Tinka and Gunther) and their newfound social status at school, the girls experience new and fun adventures, some that test their friendship.
“Shake It Up” is TV’s No. 1 series with Kids 6-11 (1.8 million/7.3 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (1.6 million/6.7 rating), and through its first 17 original airings, is pacing as the No. 1 cable series of all time with Tweens 9-14, 2011 to date. [Source: NTI, 12/27/10-6/12/11, US ratings, based on trackage data with minimum 6 telecasts.]
Disney Channel has presented more than 80 movie titles in its DCOM franchise since 1997. From the first movie, “Under Wraps,” to 2007′s record-breaking “High School Musical 2″ and “Camp Rock,” the DCOM franchise has connected with the millions and millions of kids and tweens who watch them every night. In the U.S., across all basic cable, DCOMs dominate the ratings, having produced basic cable’s No. 1 original movie telecast among tweens for nine consecutive years and the No. 1 movie in Total Viewers for four consecutive years, an indication of strong co-viewing by kids, parents and families.
The highly anticipated DCOM “Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension,” based on hit animated TV series “Phineas and Ferb,” is set to premiere FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 on Disney Channel, SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 on Disney XD and also on the ABC Television Network (date TBD).
Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko, Blake Michael, Nick Roux and Chris Brochu will first participate in a Q&A session with Radio Disney deejay Ernie D before offering a Lemonade Mouth CD signing for 200 fans.
To get a CD signed, guests much purchase a Lemonade Mouth CD at Studio Disney 365 beginning Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10AM, while supplies last (limit one per person). At the time of purchase, guests will receive a sales receipt as well as a voucher for the May 2 event.
On May 2, guests may enter Studio 365 with their CD and voucher as early as 8 am to exchange their voucher for a wristband which will entitle them to attend the signing session.
Disney Channel has just announced that the word premiere of Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth, starring Bridgit Mendler (Olivia), Adam Hicks (Wen), Hayley Kiyoko (Stella Yamada), Naomi Scott (Mohini) and Blake Michael (Charlie) has been pushed back from its original date of March 25 to April 15.
The soundtrack to the film, which features nine original songs (plus a bonus track) will be released on April 12 in stores nationwide and on iTunes. Marking the first time a DCOM cast member has written a song, Adam Hicks has songwriting credits on three of the songs.
Check out more photos from the movie here.
Themes of finding your voice, believing in yourself, following your dreams, celebrating family and staying true to yourself resonate in the music-driven Disney Channel Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth.” Geared towards kids, Tweens and families, the movie premieres April 15 at 8:00 pm ET on Disney Channel U.S. and shortly thereafter on Disney Channels around the world.
“Lemonade Mouth” tells the story of how a powerhouse band came to be after five uncelebrated students with a passion for music find each other and ultimately become the voice of their generation.
The story begins in present day as Lemonade Mouth (comprised of Olivia White, Wen Gifford, Stella Yamada, Mohini (Mo) Banjaree and Charlie Delgado) takes the stage at Madison Square Garden before thousands of cheering fans. Olivia, the introspective lead singer of the group, narrates the epic story of how the band got to this point.
It was a chance meeting in Miss Reznick’s detention that brought this unlikely ensemble together. Stella, the connector in the group, immediately recognizes the potential for the band of detainees to become a band of rockers, but first she must convince the reluctant group that they need to take a chance on expressing themselves and realizing their dreams.
As the new friends learn more about each other, they discover their common belief that it’s time for the students of Mesa High School to stand up and be heard — all students, not just the popular athletes who benefit from Principal Brenigan’s support of their extracurricular programs.
However, not everyone in the school is ready to welcome a new band. The school’s popular rock group, Mudslide Crush, are determined to maintain their status as the school’s leading entertainment choice. Complicating matters further is Mo’s boyfriend, Scott, who is Mudslide Crush’s lead guitarist.
Meanwhile, Olivia tries to come to terms with her absent father, Wen disapproves of his father’s new girlfriend, Stella yearns to stand apart from her family’s scholarly accomplishments, Mo searches for balance between her parents’ stringent expectations and the person she wants to be, and Charlie tries to escape living in the shadow of his older brother.
Starring are Bridgit Mendler as lead vocalist Olivia White, Adam Hicks as keyboardist Wen Giford, Hayley Kiyoko as electric guitarist Stella Yamada, Naomi Scott as bass guitarist Mohini (Mo) Banjaree, newcomer Blake Michael as percussionist Charlie Delgado, Nick Roux as Mudslide Crush lead guitarist Scott Picket, Chris Brochu as Mudslide Crush lead singer Ray Beech, Tisha Campbell-Martin as music teacher Miss Reznick and Christopher McDonald as Principal Brenigan.
The “Lemonade Mouth” pop music soundtrack includes nine original songs (plus a bonus track) by songwriters Vincent Alfieri, Aris Archontis, Johan Alkenas, Joleen Belle, Ebony Burks, Maria Christensen, Zach Danziger, Ali Dee Theodore, Andy Dodd, Adam Hicks, Tom Leonard, Jeannie Lurie, Charlie Mason, Niclas Molinder, Chen Neeman, Joacim Persson, Lindy Robbins, Shridhar Solanki, Ken Stacey, Shane Stevens, Matthew Tishler, Bryan Todd, Reed Vertelney, Windy Wagner, David Walsh and Adam Watts.
The movie, written by April Blair based on the book Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes, is directed by award-winning Patricia Riggen (“La Misma Luna” aka “Under the Same Moon”) and 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.
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Update #1 – 1/18/11 – Disney Channel has announced the movie will now premiere on April 15, 2011
Production has begun in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the music-driven “Lemonade Mouth,” a Disney Channel Original Movie that tells kids and tweens that building your confidence rocks and finding your destiny rules. The story follows five disparate high school students who meet in detention, realize they are destined to rock, and ultimately form a band that becomes a champion for students sidelined by the high school elite.
The movie was written by April Blair based on the book Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes, and is directed by award-winning Patricia Riggen (“La Misma Luna” aka “Under the Same Moon”) and executive-produced by Debra Martin Chase (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” Disney Channel’s “The Cheetah Girls” movies) and choreographed by Chris Scott. It is scheduled to premiere in 2011 on Disney Channel.
Starring are: Bridgit Mendler (Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie”) as lead vocalist Olivia White, Adam Hicks (Disney XD’s “Zeke and Luther”) as keyboardist Wen Giford, Hayley Kiyoko (Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”) as electric guitarist Stella Yamada, Naomi Scott (Disney Channel UK’s “Life Bites”) as bass guitarist Mohini, Blake Michael (who was discovered during an open casting call conducted by Disney Channels Worldwide) as percussionist Charlie Delgado, Nick Roux as Scott Pickett, Chris Brochu as Ray Beach from rival band Mudslide Crush, Tisha Campbell-Martin (“My Wife and Kids”) as music teacher Miss Reznick and Christopher McDonald (“Family Law”) as Principal Brenigan.
The “Lemonade Mouth” pop music soundtrack will include nine original songs by songwriters Aris Archontis, Felicia Barton, Maria Christensen, Ali Dee, Andy Dodd, Tom Leonard, Jeannie Lurie, Niclas Molinder, Chen Neeman, Joacim Persson, Lindy Robbins, Shridhar Solanki, Matthew Tishler, Bryan Todd, Reed Vertelney and Adam Watts.
“Lemonade Mouth” is a production of GWAVE Productions, LLC.
Award-winning film director Patricia Riggen, who directed the critically acclaimed “La Misma Luna” (aka “Under the Same Moon”) and this week presents her short film, “Revolución” at Critics’ Week in Cannes, will direct the music-driven “Lemonade Mouth,” a Disney Channel Original Movie.
The “Lemonade Mouth” script was written by April Blair based on the popular novel by Mark Peter Hughes. Executive-produced by Debra Martin Chase (“Just Wright,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” Disney Channel’s “The Cheetah Girls” movies), it will begin production in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in July.
In making the announcement, Ms. Martin Chase said: “Having Patricia at the helm of this movie is a dream come true for me and a testament to the climate Disney Channel creates for a flow of new ideas, interesting talent, creative risk-taking and willingness to explore new areas — all essential for our business.”
A native of Guadalajara, Ms. Riggen worked as a newspaper journalist in Mexico, then as a photographer, before moving to New York City to attend Columbia University’s Masters Film program, where she pursued her interests in screenwriting, producing and directing. Her first documentary was 2002′s “La Milpa,” followed by 2004′s “Family Portrait,” which won the Short Filmmaking Award at Sundance and the Best Documentary Award at the Aspen Film Festival.
Riggen’s “La Misma Luna” premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was quickly acquired for worldwide distribution by Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company. It was released theatrically as “Under the Same Moon” in March 2008, setting records for a Spanish language film opening in the U.S. It is the third-highest grossing Mexican film of all time in the U.S. and the fifth in its own country.
Casting is underway for “Lemonade Mouth,” a script about five teens from different walks of life who meet in detention and go on to form the greatest high school garage band ever. The ensemble features Olivia on vocals, Stella on electric guitar, Wen on keyboards, Charlie on percussion and Mohini on bass guitar, and their wide-ranging music, from pop to rock and hip hop to soul, ultimately brings them together as friends and inspires their classmates to speak up and be heard.