Disney Channel’s recent made for tv movie, “Radio Rebel”, is the network’s answer to Nickelodeon’s hit show iCarly. In iCarly, everyone loves the show because they know who Carly and Sam are. But unlike iCarly, no one knows who Radio Rebel is. She is in reality, mild mannered high school junior, Tara (played by Debby Ryan). However, when she leads her entire school to its own MORP after causing its prom to be cancelled, Tara has to come clean about her secret identity. She has to reach down deep and find who she really is, and find out if people will still like her for who she really is.
The message of finding one’s self is commonplace among television shows and movies aimed at today’s tween and teen audiences who are looking for a voice for their generation. “Radio Rebel” is the latest of the works for those audiences. It’s also one of the more creative stories to come along in recent years. It teaches its audiences that it’s okay to be themselves, rather than give in to the cliques that domainate life for tweens and teens. In direct relation, it also teaches them that regardless of male or female, everyone has a strong, self confident person inside. It teaches them to embrace who they are regardless of the seemingly overwhelming social pressures facing them today. If Tara/Radio Rebel can be herself regardless of those pressures, so can everyone else.
“Radio Rebel” is backed by a catchy soundtrack that audiences will enjoy. And they’ll really appreciate the music of “The G’s.” “The G’s” is a made up band whose guitarist, Gavin, is Tara’s love interest. So yes, the romance subplot is there, too. That aside, the new dvd presentation of “Radio Rebel” includes a bonus feature in which the members of “The G’s” explain that it really is them playing. They admit they had to learn the songs, so it’s not just them doing a music video style performance.
Combine the catchy, poppy soundtrack with the story’s positive messages, and “Rebel Radio’s” viewers get a movie that will speak to them. Even when those same audiences are adults and ahve their own teens, those factors will continue to be great for that audience, too. “Radio Rebel” is available on dvd now. Audiences can pick it up in store or online at amazon.com and at http://www.image-entertainment.com.
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