If you are a baby boomer, you’ve probably watched the original Freaky Friday. Walt Disney made a new movie called FREAKY FRIDAY: A NEW MUSICAL! You can buy the FREAKY FRIDAY Musical Movie on DVD starting September 25th.
This musical version is based on Disney Theatrical Productions’ stage adaptation of the novel by Mary Rodgers. The DVD includes bonus features such as blooper reels, deleted scenes, and the audition tapes for Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Heidi Blickenstaff.
The movie is about a 16 year old Ellie, who is always at odds with her mom about the messy room, sloppy clothes and careless attitude. Ellie’s dad passed away a few years ago and she really misses him. She gets into fights with her younger brother. She argues with Katherine who’s getting ready to marry her fiancé, Mike – tomorrow.
As mother and daughter quarrel, they accidentally break the treasured hourglass given to Ellie by her father. Then suddenly, they magically switch bodies. Now, Ellie and Katherine must trade places at work and at school. On one crazy day, they learn to understand and appreciate each other.
Cast: Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Ellie; Heidi Blickenstaff as Katherine; Ricky He as Adam; Alex Désert as Mike; and Jason Maybaum as Fletcher
Director: Steve Carr
Choreographer: John Carrafa
Writer: Bridget Carpenter (Written for Television)
Bonus Material: Blooper Reels
Deleted Scenes Audition Tapes for Cozi and Heidi
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Feature Run Time: Approx. 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: French & Spanish
Closed Captions: English
When I was growing up, the original Jodi Foster/Barbara Harris version was the best Freaky Friday. I’ve seen the TV remake starring Shelly Long. The Lindsay Lohan/Jamie Lee Curtis movie version was hilarious. I was impressed with the nods and homages to all previous film versions in this production. The animated opening reverts back to the 1977 classic film and the dog’s name is Boris, who was Jodi Foster’s love interest. During another scene, a song in the background sounds like an instrumental version of “You Make Me Feel So Young,” a song used heavily in the Shelly Long version. And the wedding subplot and ending rock song feel like a shoutouts to LiLo’s version.
This musical version is a fun family movie that everyone would enjoy.
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