|Directed by||Paul Hoen|
|Produced by|| Don Schain|
|Written by||Alan Silberberg|
|Starring|| Emily Osment|
|Music by||Adam Cohen|
|Cinematography||David A. Makin|
|Editing by||Terry Stokes|
|Distributed by|| Disney Channel|
|Release date(s)||February 16, 2009|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Dadnapped is a Disney Channel Original Movie. The movie premiered Monday, February 16, 2009. It stars Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Moises Arias, David Henrie and Phill Lewis all from a Disney Channel Original Series.
Dadnapped tells the story of Melissa Morris (Emily Osment) who desperately tries to gain more attention from her always preoccupied father, Neal, a best-selling author (George Newbern). Melissa lives in the shadow of Tripp Zoome (Jonathan Keltz), the adventurous and clever hero from her father's popular spy novels. Before a long overdue father-daughter vacation, her father gets kidnapped by obsessive fans, Wheeze (David Henrie), Andre (Moises Arias), and Sheldon (Denzel Whitaker).
The tables turn however, whenever she must team up with them to find and rescue him from Merv (Jason Earles), and brothers Maurice (Phill Lewis) and Skunk (Charles Halford). It turns out Merv is just using Skunk and Maurice as part of a plan to get Neil to write one final book using his daughter as a reader. Wheeze, Andre and Sheldon get all of the Trip Zoome fans in town to gather together to rescue Melissa and Neil and they attack when Melissa manages to signal them.
The fans attack Merv, Maurice and Skunk and they try to run but are stopped by more fans. Merv sneaks out with Neal while Skunk and Maurice go after Melissa who escapes. Melissa defeats them and ties them up. Merv nearly gets away, but Sheldon, who had been trying to find where everyone went, spots him and alerts everyone else. Neil is rescued, but Merv tries to get away.
As he runs, Skunk and Maurice, still tied up, come out and see this and regretting what they've done use what they're tied up with to trip Merv, knocking him down and ending his escape. The police arrest Maurice and Skunk while Neil thanks his fans. Wheeze gives his number to Melissa before she and her father leave on their long-overdue vacation.
- Emily Osment as Melissa Morris
- David Henrie as Wheeze
- Jason Earles as Merv Kilbo
- Jonathan Keltz as Tripp Zoome
- Moises Arias as Andre
- Denzel Whitaker as Sheldon
- Charles Halford as Skunk
- Phill Lewis as Maurice
- George Newbern as Neal Morris
Emily Osment appeared in the music video for Dadnapped's main title song.
The movie was considered a success. It scored 4.6 million viewers, outdoing Nickelodeon's movie, Spectacular!, by 39%, which premiered at the same time as Dadnapped.
Dadnapped: Junior Novel is a book based on the movie, which was due to be released September 30, 2008 in the US and October 21, 2008 in the UK, but the release date was changed to February 2009 for unknown reasons. It is available on Amazon.com.
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