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Wish Gone Amiss

Score: 88%
Rating: TV-G
Publisher: Buena Vista
Region: 1
Media: DVD/1
Running Time: 68 Mins.
Genre: TV Series/Family/Fantasy
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired


  • Previews
  • Featurette: I Wish I May, I Wish I Might: A Guide to Making Wishes

This DVD is a book that you'll likely misread just by looking at the cover. What looks like every Disney television-viewer's dream - a tag team event between characters from Cory in the House, Hannah Montana, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody - is actually just a collection of three episodes. Having three episodes on one disk is still sure to please fans, especially since there is a theme that runs through each episode. Disney is smart to release this way, as opposed to just putting out collections of episodes from one of the shows. This way, fans of one show that haven't bothered to watch one of the others may find a reason to tune in for more Disney magic.

Magic is a good starting place to describe the theme of the Wish Gone Amiss collection. In every episode, we find that the characters innocently make a wish and then have to live with the consequences. They learn some good lessons, create some very funny moments, and luckily end up being able to reverse the effects of their ill-fated wishes. Cory in the House leads the collection, and Cory finds himself wishing at a stray moment after being grounded. Feeling a bit powerless, he wishes that he could be President, and suddenly he finds himself sitting behind the big desk in the Oval Office. This feels great at first, and Cory quickly makes some bling-bling changes to the White House. He can't avoid the temptation to cash in on his new found power and glory, but before the episode is over, he'll learn that being in charge can be a bit stressful. By the end of the show, he's quite happy to go back to being Cory... and being grounded. Hannah Montana fans may be a bit disappointed that she doesn't do more singing and dancing in her featured episode. It's ironic that she doesn't, because the gist of her wish is to give up the Miley charade and be Hannah all the time. She quickly learns that Miley plays an important role in preventing the Hannah phenomenon from making things too glitzy. Being Hannah full-time feels a little fake and too much of what she enjoyed as Miley is no longer in her life. The worst news is that Hannah can't wish herself back, so she is going to have to find some other way to get her double life back. The final episode features the boys from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Not surprisingly, they wish for superpowers. Unlike the other characters' wishes, superpowers actually come in very handy when The Tipton appears to be in danger of becoming a lair for evil villains... with superpowers, no less. Zack and Cody would no doubt be happy to remain in their super-powered states, but some wishes are just too good to be true. Things do return to normal, if you consider anything about The Suite Life of Zach & Cody to be normal!

Other than previews, the only bonus content on Wish Gone Amiss is a short feature on wishing called, "I Wish I May, I Wish I Might: A Guide to Making Wishes." Hannah's costar (Miley's brother) Jason Earles is the narrator for this little morsel. The three shows are enough to satisfy Disney viewers eager for something to pop in and watch on days they can't pick up a favorite show. The humor is probably most meaningful for 'tweens in the 8-12 age range, with something for both the boys (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody) and the girls (Hannah Montana). Nothing on the disk is inappropriate for kids, unless you consider wise-cracking, smart-alecky 'tween humor to be inappropriate. The Hannah Montana has one bit of innuendo that involves Miley's dad and her fantasy step-mom that was a bit risque, but it will slide right over the heads of most kids. Parents can also rest easy knowing that the messages contained in this series of episodes are mostly about taking responsibility for your actions and being satisfied with what you have, all wholesome stuff. The only downer for parents may be that parting with their hard-earned cash to buy this DVD only grants their child 68 minutes of entertainment. As Uncle Walt might say, "If you don't like the price, go watch a Tom & Jerry rerun, chump."

-Fridtjof, GameVortex Communications
AKA Matt Paddock

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