Things that never quite made it: Sky High (2005)

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I'm a little burned out on fan films at the moment, so I'm gonna' take a little break. We'll get back to in eventually, but for the moment I think it's more important to bore you with flop movies that were intended as pilots for TV shows that also would have flopped, but never got the chance. When I say "More important," what I mean is "It's something to put here instead of an interesting fan film."

Anyway, all honesty aside, the two new Superhero shows this upcoming season got me wondering whatever became of "DuckTales" - no, wait, that's not it. What was I thinking about? Oh, yeah: "Sky High."

Remember that? Goofy family superhero adventure comedy from 2005? Cranked out in a hurry to capitalize on the popularity of The Incredibles? Had Kurt Russel and Kelly Preston? Linda Carter? Bruce Cambel was the gym coach? Remember it? Anyone? Anyone? Hello? Ok, then, getting back to DuckTales...

It wasn't a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but it was far better than it had any right to be. Here's the trailer:

and a ridiculously long synopsis:

(Seriously: Wiki allows a 2800 word article about a minor bomb of a movie that no one remembers or likes, and yet they won't let me put up 100 crappy words about my culturally relevent unsigned college band that never recorded anything and only played live twice? How is that at all fair?)

Um, where was I. Canadian Hookers? No. Ducktales? No. Burned out? Yes, but that's not it...oh, yes, so anyway: Not a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but it was an enjoyable little family romp, the kids all liked it, I liked most of the characters, I found the soundtrack a little cloying (All alterna-covers of '80s songs...For The Parents! Sigh.) but I came out of it mildly pleasantly surprised.

Disney evidently had their usual "Heute Europa, Morgan Die Weldt" hopes for it - they retained the entire cast excepting Russel and Preston - for a live action series that was supposed to begin the following fall, but the movie was a relative bomb (Not a huge one), and the series never materialized. A shame, I think it had more potential as a series than as a movie, and I wouldn't have minded watching it with the kids - I mean there's just so many bad Superhero shows out there...

And Linda Carter's aging well.

Ok, so now I'm wondering: If a "Bomb" is an unsuccessful movie, and a "Blockbuster" is a very successful one, then why do they call it a "Blockbuster?" I mean, that's a kind of a bomb, right?