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Up, Up and Away
Film poster
GenreSuperhero
Written byDaniel Berendsen
Directed byRobert Townsend
StarringRobert Townsend
Michael J. Pagan
Alex Datcher
Sherman Hemsley
Music byDavid Michael Frank
Country of originUnited States
Canada[1]
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producerPaula Hart
ProducerHarvey Frand
CinematographyDanny Nowak
EditorJohn L. Price
Running time78 minutes (90 with commercials)
Production companyHartbreak Films
Original release
NetworkDisney Channel
ReleaseJanuary 22, 2000 (2000-01-22)

Up, Up and Away is a 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie.[2] The film is a comedy/adventure about a boy from a family of superheroes who, despite not having any super powers of his own, is called on to save the world.

Plot

Teenager Scott Marshall comes from a family of superheroes, but is the only one without powers, which he hopes will emerge on his 14th birthday. Meanwhile, an activist group called the "Earth Protectors" distribute CD-ROMs about the environment to Scott's classmates, with their programmer, Nina, seeking to use them to educate while her partner Malcolm plans to use them to brainwash people into committing crimes for him. Following a failed bank robbery, he realizes the program only works on children and conducts further tests to confirm and fix this. After Scott loses track of time due to being mesmerized by the CD-ROM, his father and older brother, Jim Marshall / Bronze Eagle and Adam Marshall / Silver Charge respectively, investigate the bank, but the latter accidentally fries their systems with his electrical powers.

When his birthday comes and he fails to develop powers, Scott pretends he inherited those of his parents' with help from his grandfather Edward Marshall / Steel Condor. When Malcolm uses Nina as bait to lure in Scott's family, his parents and birthday party guests convince him to save her as his first outing as a superhero. However, he loses his mask and almost gets himself and Nina killed until Jim rescues them, having learned the truth from Edward.

Later, Malcolm recovers Scott's mask, matches it to him, and uses an improved CD-ROM to force him to reveal his family's secrets, such as their shared weakness to aluminum foil, before giving Scott a new CD-ROM for his parents to watch. While it ends up with his friend Amy, whose mother watches it, subconsciously robs a bank, and goes to Earth Protectors' HQ, Malcolm uses her to capture Scott's family with the intention of brainwashing them. Upon learning of this, Scott, Amy, and his best friend Randy head off to rescue them with help from Nina, who has realized Malcolm's true intentions. Scott's friends get captured by Malcolm's men, but Scott successfully destroys Malcolm's computer before his family is brainwashed. Afterwards, Adam uses his powers to erase everyone's memories of the Marshalls' identities, though his parents allow Randy to keep his so Scott can have someone to talk to about his abnormal life.

Cast

Home Media

The film is available to rent or purchase digitally on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play.

The film is also available on the streaming service Disney+.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Up, Up, and Away!". LUMIERE: Data base on admissions of films released in Europe. Retrieved December 19, 2023.
  2. ^ "Disney Channel Originals chalks up movie No. 100". Daily News. 2016-06-23. Retrieved 2023-04-26.