|Written by||Paul W. Cooper|
|Directed by||Stuart Gillard|
|Music by||Nathan Wang|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Cinematography||Gordon C. Lonsdale|
|Running time||89 minutes|
|Production companies||Just Singer Entertainment |
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||April 24, 2009|
Hatching Pete is a 2009 Disney Channel Original Movie which first aired on April 24, 2009 on Disney Channel UK and later Disney Channel and Family. It was released on DVD in America on May 12, 2009 together with Dadnapped.
High school student Pete Ivey finds that Cammie Poole, his crush, has already been asked out by Dill, the captain of the basketball team. At home, Pete's father tells him that to get Cammie's attention, he has to give her something to notice.
On their way to the Brewster High basketball game, Cammie's brother and Pete's best friend, Cleatus Poole, comes over to ask Pete for a favor. Cleatus is the Brewster High mascot, but he has discovered he is allergic to the suit. He pleads for Pete to wear the chicken suit instead. As part of the bargain, Cleatus tells Pete he will get his sister on a date with him. After a rocky start, Pete realizes that he is attracting Cammie's attention and acts more adventurously inside the suit. Upon seeing Pete's natural talent for being mascot, Pete agrees to be "The Chicken" full-time. Meanwhile, Pete develops a crush on cheerleader Angela Morrisey. They are both chosen for the parade float committee and become friends while working together on the float.
On the day of the parade, the town shows up for the festival and "The Chicken" is a big hit. During a dance number, Cleatus is accidentally discovered. Pete, escaping the crowd, steals the sheriff's car to get away. Angela sees him walking and offers him a ride. Angela expresses relief that "The Chicken" is not Cleatus because of her developing romantic feelings for whomever is inside. Based on the adoration that the town shares for "The Chicken" and due to the financial incentives of having people attending the games, the sheriff decides to drop the charges.
Pete returns during the final game to rally both the players and the crowd. During a time out, Pete removes the mascot head at the urging of the audience. The team finishes with a last second score to win the game, and when the cheerleaders tumble in their celebration, Angela falls on Pete and they kiss. Cleatus tells Pete to put his chicken head back on and join the Brewster Roosters to celebrate their only win of the year.
The premiere of the movie was viewed by 4.1 million viewers, becoming the third Disney movie in three years with less than 5 million viewers for the premiere.
David Nusair called the movie (along with Dadnapped) "typically underwhelming Disney Channel fare."