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June 23, 2015

Disney Channel's 'Teen Beach 2' movie, soundtrack and related shows debut this week

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“Teen Beach 2” premiere week is finally here, and that’s no small event for Disney Channel viewers or the cable channel itself. After all, the first “Teen Beach Movie,” which debuted in 2013, had 13.5 million viewers, making it the second highest-rated TV movie of all time, according to Variety.com.

The highest-rated TV movie of all time also belongs to Disney Channel: “High School Musical 2.” The highly anticipated sequel was part of a trilogy that made musicals popular with a new generation of viewers. Given that “Teen Beach 2” also is a musical, it might be difficult for the cast to avoid such comparisons.

I had the opportunity to interview Garrett Clayton, who plays Tanner, before “Teen Beach Movie” was released, and I asked him about the comparisons to the “High School Musical” franchise. For starters, it’s impossible to ignore that Garrett bears an uncanny resemblance to Zac Efron, who played the male lead, Troy.

"I think because no one has seen [the movie], they see that there are four leads and it's a musical and there are resemblances with cast members to Corbin Bleu, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, people assume that, but there is so much more," Garrett said. "I think when people actually see the plot line, they'll see it's worlds apart."

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In the original “Teen Beach Movie,” Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack (Maia Mitchell) were transported back in time to the 1960s, when surfer movies were all the rage. The sequel, however, brings retro surfers Tanner (Clayton) and Lela (Grace Phipps) into the modern world, which, of course, is a set-up for many comedic scenes.

“Teen Beach 2” debuts at 8 p.m. ET Friday (June 26) on Disney Channel, and it also will be released on DVD the same day. At 11 a.m. ET Saturday, the cast will host a Teen Beach 2 Beach Party, following by a replay of the movie, on Disney Channel. A special lip sync version can be seen Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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Fans won’t have to wait till Friday to get their hands on the movie’s music, however, because the soundtrack goes on sale today (June 23). Only one track was released in advance, "Gotta Be Me," which is performed by the four main actors - Lynch, Mitchell, Clayton and Phipps - and John DeLuca and Jordan Fisher.

In May, my pre-teen children and I previewed "Best Summer Ever" and "That's How We Do" at the kickoff of the Teen Beach 2: Beach Party at Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon. Expect to see the latter song in a choreographed, large-scale production scene in the new movie. Partygoers got a taste of the dance moves, with surfer and biker characters teaching the crowd how to do "The Milkshake" and "The Jelly Belly." Most of the songs on the soundtrack are performed by the cast; after all, "Teen Beach 2" is a musical. (There is one song by Lynch's band, R5.)

"This music is a little more contemporary, more modern," Lynch told us. "The [music from the] first movie was more retro, like surf guitar." You can see our full interview with Lynch in my previous blog post.

The soundtrack from the original "Teen Beach Movie" reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and was No. 1 on the soundtrack chart, and the new album would seem to be headed in the same direction with its peppy, high-energy tunes.

Tune in for sand, sun and fun this week, and let us know your thoughts on “Teen Beach 2” and its soundtrack in the comments.



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May 26, 2015

Disney Channel's 'Teen Beach 2' stars kick off beach party at Typhoon Lagoon

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It's just about a month until the debut of the much-anticipated "Teen Beach 2" movie on Disney Channel, and we have some new details about what you can expect to see!

Walt Disney World kicked off its summer Teen Beach 2: Beach Party at Typhoon Lagoon on Friday, and we were there to hear as-of-yet unreleased songs from the soundtrack, see choreographed dances that will make kids want to jump up and join in, and talk to one of the stars, Ross Lynch, about his role in the new film.

The soundtrack from the original "Teen Beach Movie" reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and was No. 1 on the soundtrack chart, and the new album would seem to be headed in the same direction with its peppy, high-energy tunes. Only one track has been released so far, "Gotta Be Me," which is performed by the four main actors - Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton and Grace Phipps - and John DeLuca and Jordan Fisher.

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At the beach party, we previewed "Best Summer Ever" and "That's How We Do." Expect to see the latter song in a choreographed, large-scale production scene in the new movie. Partygoers got a taste of the dance moves, with surfer and biker characters teaching the crowd how to do "The Milkshake" and "The Jelly Belly." Most of the songs on the soundtrack are performed by the cast; after all, "Teen Beach 2" is a musical. (There is one song by Lynch's band, R5.) The soundtrack will be in stores on June 23.

"This music is a little more contemporary, more modern," Lynch told us. "The [music from the] first movie was more retro, like surf guitar."

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From left: Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps and Garrett Clayton.


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"Teen Beach 2" also turns the tide, so to speak, on the characters. In the first made-for-television musical, Brady and Mack (Mitchell) were transported back in time to the 1960s, when surfer movies were all the rage. The sequel, however, brings retro surfers Tanner (Clayton) and Lela (Phipps) into the modern world, which, of course, is a set-up for many comedic scenes.

My junior reporters, my 10-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, talked to Lynch about his character, Brady, and what it was like filming "Teen Beach 2."

"It starts with Mack and Brady's relationship," he said. "Things are going strong, and they go back to school. School brings a little more conflict, and it gives the characters a little more of an emotional arc."

"I'm similar [to Brady] in some ways " but I'd say Brady is a little bit more " lazy. I'm not lazy. I work a lot and I always like to be productive."

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You can see our full interview with Lynch below:


"Teen Beach 2" premieres at 8 p.m. June 26 on Disney Channel.

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The Teen Beach 2: Beach Party at Typhoon Lagoon continues through July 5. It features a DJ spinning tunes from the movies on the stage by the clock tower adjacent to the wave pool. Costumed bikers and surfers, much like the characters in the movies, lead guests in dancing, hula hooping and tossing beach balls. The beach party also offers other traditional summer activities, including relays on the sand, a water balloon toss and a limbo challenge. Winners are awarded Teen Beach 2 beach balls as prizes. The beach party is included in regular admission to the Disney water park.

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Photo op available at Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World through July 5.

Here's a look back at the original beach party when 'Teen Beach Movie' actors Clayton (Tanner), Kent Boyd (Rascal) and Chrissie Fit (CheeChee) surprised guests at Typhoon Lagoon two years ago.

You can read about my interviews with the trio here.

DISCLAIMER: I was invited by Walt Disney World to experience its new Teen Beach 2: Beach Party. This did not affect my story; my opnions are my own.



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