Under Wraps
Promotional artwork
Genre
Based onUnder Wraps
by Don Rhymer
Written by
Directed byAlex Zamm
Starring
Music by
  • Jamie Christopherson
  • Oleksa Lozowchuk
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
  • Todd Y. Murata
  • Fernando Szew
Producers
  • Jameson Parker
  • Todd Y. Murata
CinematographyBobby Lam
EditorAlison Grace
Running time91 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkDisney Channel
ReleaseOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)

Under Wraps is a 2021 American family-teen horror television film directed by Alex Zamm and written by Zamm and William Robertson. Produced by Marvista Entertainment and Brightlight Pictures and a remake of the eponymous 1997 film by Greg Beeman,[1] it premiered as a Disney Channel Original Movie on Disney Channel on October 1, 2021.[2]

Plot

A few days before Halloween, twelve-year-old friends Gilbert, Marshall and Amy accidentally revive an Egyptian mummy they discover in a neighbor's basement. They affectionately name him Harold and must rush to return him to his resting place before midnight on Halloween. Along the way, the team narrowly escapes a nefarious group of criminals intent on selling the mummy to the highest bidder. When Harold is captured, Marshall, Gilbert and Amy must band together to stand up to the criminals, face their fears, and rescue their new—but rather "ancient"—friend.[3]

Cast

Production

Disney Channel announced its intention to remake its inaugural "Original Movie"-branded film on November 13, 2020,[3] with Christian J. Simon, Malachi Barton, Sophia Hammons and Phil Wright starring and Alex Zamm serving as director and co-writer with William Robertson.[4] Filming took place at Bridge Studios in Vancouver and its suburbs of New Westminster and Maple Ridge in the Canadian province of British Columbia from November to December 2020.[5][6][7] and featured music by Jamie Christopherson and Oleksa Lozowchuk.

Reception

The film was viewed by 401,000 people and 0.09 percent of viewers between the ages of 18 and 49.[8]

Joly Herman of Common Sense Media gave it four out of five stars, emphasizing its diversity, spookiness and comedy.[9] Sarah Musnicky of Nightmarish Conjurings gave the film a positive review.[10] Matthew "Matt" Artz of Halloween Daily News called the film "a quality Disney family viewing with just enough chills to peak kids’ interest in scary stories, plus wholesome laughs, and a positive message, resurrecting a beloved mummy character to inspire courage in his new friends" whiles also commenting that it is ""also loaded with colorful Halloween atmosphere, and features a rousing sequence", "brings all the nostalgia for the generation who grew up watching the original film".[11]

Release

Under Wraps premiered on October 1, 2021, on Disney Channel and was released on October 8, 2021, on Disney+.[12][13]

Sequel

A sequel to the film, Under Wraps 2, was announced by Disney Branded Television on February 7, 2022,[14][15] with most of the cast returning[16] and the inclusion of Claude Knowlton and Antonio Cayonne.[17] Filming began on January 17, [18][better source needed] and wrapped up on March 3, 2022 at Bridge Studios, the exact same location of the previous film.[19] It premiered in Disneyland on September 25, that year[20] and on Disney+ five days later.[16]

Music

China Anne McClain, along with her sisters Lauryn and Sierra McClain, recorded a revamped version of China's 2011 hit song "Calling All the Monsters" from A.N.T. Farm. The re-recorded version featured their brother, Messenger. The music video was released on September 30, 2021.[21] The song was released on streaming platforms October 1, 2021 by Walt Disney Records and was featured in the film.[22]

References

  1. ^ Ella M. (17 October 2021). "Under Wraps Review". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Archived from the original on 6 April 2023. Retrieved 7 March 2023.
  2. ^ Santoro, Alessia (1 October 2021). "Under Wraps Remake Coming to Disney Channel in October". POPSUGAR Family. Archived from the original on 5 April 2023. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  3. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Rey (13 November 2020). "Disney Channel To Remake Its First-Ever Original Movie 'Under Wraps'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 17 November 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Disney Channel Set for a Contemporary Comedic Remake of the First-Ever Disney Channel Original Movie, "Under Wraps"". Disney Channel (Press release). Disney Branded Television. 13 November 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  5. ^ Peterson, Brian (3 February 2022). "Disney's Under Wraps 2: Cast, Plot, Release Date & Everything Else We Know". Movieweb. Archived from the original on 9 February 2022. Retrieved 7 February 2022. The 2021 Under Wraps reboot film was also filmed there from November to December 2020.
  6. ^ Verma, Ishani (3 November 2021). "Where Is Under Wraps 2021 Filmed? Locations & Plot". OtakuKart. Archived from the original on 27 November 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  7. ^ Zachary, Brandon (27 September 2021). "Under Wraps Cast Unravel the Challenges of Remaking Disney Channel's First Film". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 30 October 2021. Retrieved 30 October 2021.
  8. ^ Mitch Metcalf (4 October 2021). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Friday 10.1.2021 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals UPDATED". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on 20 March 2022. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  9. ^ Herman, Joly (8 October 2021). "Under Wraps - TV Review". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on 24 October 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  10. ^ Musnicky, Sarah (27 September 2021). "[Movie Review] UNDER WRAPS (2021)". Nightmarish Conjurings. Archived from the original on 25 October 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  11. ^ Artz, Matt (29 October 2021). "'Under Wraps' Resurrects Disney Halloween Mummy Classic for a New Generation [Review]". Halloween Daily News. Archived from the original on 25 September 2022. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  12. ^ Disney Branded TV PR [@DisneyBrandTVPR] (August 18, 2021). "The release dates for #TheGhostAndMollyMcGee #UnderWraps and #DisneyChristmasAgain have been announced at #TCA21!" (Tweet). Retrieved November 25, 2023 – via Twitter.
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  14. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (7 February 2022). "Disney Orders 'Under Wraps' Sequel & 'The Naughty Nine' Original Movies For Disney+, Disney Channel". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 7 February 2022. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  15. ^ Artz, Matt (7 February 2022). "'Under Wraps 2' Brings Harold the Mummy Back for Another Halloween". Halloween Daily News. Archived from the original on 25 September 2022. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  16. ^ a b Jacobs, Meredith Jacobs (16 September 2022). "'Under Wraps 2': First Look at Cast & New Mummies (PHOTOS)". TV Insider. Archived from the original on 4 October 2022. Retrieved 8 October 2022. Under Wraps 2, Movie Premiere, Sunday, September 25, Disney Channel; Friday, September 30, Disney+
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (1 March 2022). "'Under Wraps 2': Claude Knowlton & Antonio Cayonne Join Disney Channel Sequel". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 8 March 2022. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  18. ^ Shuler, Skyler (15 December 2021). "Disney Channel Original Movie 'Under Wraps 2' in The Works". The DisInsider. Archived from the original on 16 December 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2021. Now, the project will get receive a sequel with production slated to begin on January 17 at Bridge Studios.
  19. ^ Artz, Matt (4 March 2022). "Disney's 'Under Wraps 2' has Wrapped Filming". Halloween Daily News. Archived from the original on 26 May 2022. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  20. ^ "Disneyland Hosts "Under Wraps 2" Premiere". Archived from the original on 2022-12-08. Retrieved 2023-12-06.
  21. ^ Thriii - Calling All the Monsters (2021 Version/Official Video) ft. Messenger on YouTube
  22. ^ "Calling All the Monsters (feat. Messenger) - Single (2021 Version)". iTunes. October 1, 2021. Archived from the original on November 25, 2023. Retrieved November 25, 2023.