Disney Channel is launching 12 short films online
Disney Channel Original Movies are going digital.
Starting Friday, Disney Channel will be rolling out 12 original short-form movies on YouTube and its other digital services. The 12 films — launched under the banner Free Period — will roll out daily through Aug. 18. The clips range from the animated adventures of a pizza slice at Hamburger High to a ghost story with a dancing twist.
Various Disney Channel alums and partners are participating, including Teen Beach Movie star Kent Boyd, who co-wrote and produced the short comedy Free Period (not to be confused with the name of the entire program). Other stars include Teen Beach Movie actors Garrett Clayton, Chrissie Fit, John Deluca, and Mollee Gray, as well as Kickin’ It’s Leo Howard.
Check out the full list of shorts below, and head to Disney Channel’s YouTube page to see the first installments.
- Abby Normal
Abigail “Abby” Normal and her cousin Zoe embark on a secret mission to investigate their strange neighbor across the street. Ryan Landels (Jem and the Holograms) serves as writer and director.
A young teen seeks a mystical artifact to save the world from an ancient evil, but the mysterious librarian who owns it has other plans. Stunt coordinator Mitchell Gould (Kickin’ It, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, K.C. Undercover) serves as writer and director. Popular teen actor and martial artist Leo Howard (Kickin’ It) stars.
When their study abroad program is cancelled, a teen girl suggests her classmates spend a week at each other’s houses instead. Actress Dahéli Hall (MADtv) serves as writer and director.
- Free Period
Outrageous acts of randomness spring from Kent’s mind during the one class he’s allowed to let his imagination run wild. Teen Beach Movie star Kent Boyd and Zoe Katz serve as writers and producers; Teen Beach Movie stars Garrett Clayton, Chrissie Fit, John Deluca, Mollee Gray and Kent Boyd are among the cast.
- Hamburger High
Lisa Pizza, a slice of pepperoni pizza, navigates her way through high school. Student Emmy Award-winner Joe Swanson (Zombo) is the writer and first-time director.
- How To Catch A Ghost
After her family moves into a new home, a teen girl is surprised to find it filled with ghosts who love to dance. Acclaimed choreographer Christopher Scott (Teen Beach Movie, Step Up All In) is writer and director.
- Nelson Bixby Takes On the Whole Wide World
Nelson Bixby, a shy 11-year-old boy, gets unexpected help and advice from the ghost of a famous Mexican wrestler named “El Nino!” Imagen Award-winning director Francisco Lorite (Cuco Gomez-Gomez is Dead!) serves as writer and director; Freddy Rodriguez (actor – Six Feet Under, Ugly Betty) is executive producer.
- Nu Skool Records
A group of teens launch their own record label on campus to create viral music video stars. John Swetnam (Step Up All In, Into the Storm) serves as writer and producer. Matt Pizzano, whose short film Becoming: Bradley Theodore played at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, directs.
- Parker and the Crew
A team of kids come together to pull the “ultimate heist” and stop the neighborhood bullies from ruining summer. Viet Nguyen (Crush the Skull) serves as writer and director; Chris Dinh serves as writer and producer; produced by Justin Lin’s (Fast and the Furious 6) YOMYOMF production company.
- Penelope In the Treehouse
Upset with her family, a girl uses magic fertilizer on her treehouse and finds herself high amongst the clouds. Written and directed by Student Academy Award-winner Jonathan Langager (Josephine and the Roach).
After two brothers discover a trunk that transforms toys into real-life people, they accidentally ignite a power struggle that endangers their and their town’s lives. It is written and directed by Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky. Lipovsky is co-executive producer of Disney XD’s upcoming live-action series MECH X-4. Stein and Lipovsky have both also directed multiple episodes of MECH X-4.
- Virtual High
Sophia and her colleagues attend Virtual High, a school that lives entirely in a virtual world. The students experience the same adventures and mysteries high school offers, but in their world anything is possible. Camille Stochitch and Alexander Berman serve as writers and directors. Stochitch won a Student Academy Award for her short Interstate, which was also nominated for a Student BAFTA Award. Berman’s short App premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.