|Release Date: May 2nd, 2003
Release Date Note: (4/15/03) This movie was originally mentioned
as a possible March, 2003 release before being scheduled for May 2nd.
Title Note: (11/25/02) Originally listed as 'Ciao Lizzie!', it
appears Disney is going with 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie' instead. (12/29/02)
There are rumors that the title may change to 'Lizzie in Rome.'
MPAA Rating Note: (8/31/02) Nothing's official until the MPAA
sees the final cut, but I doubt this film will receive a rating harsher
than a PG; it could even get a G. (4/8/03) ...and the answer is PG.
MPAA Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements)
Running Time: 90 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Cast: Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire, Isabella), Yani Gellman (Paolo),
Adam Lamberg (David "Gordo" Gordon), Robert Carradine (Mr. Sam McGuire),
Hallie Todd (Mrs. Jo McGuire), Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire), Alex Borstein
(Miss Ungermeyer), Ashlie Brillaut (Kate Sanders), Yani Gellman, Brendan
Kelly (Sergei), Terra MacLeod (Franca), Jody Racicot (Giorgio), Caroline
Reitman (Tina), Carly Schroeder (Melina), Clayton Snyder (Ethan Craft),
Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire)
Director: Jim Fall (the 1999 gay comedy, Trick; he's also got
a made-for-ABC-TV remake of Footloose in development)
Screenwriter: Susan Estelle Jansen (feature screenwriting debut
of the executive producer of the "Lizzie McGuire" TV series)
Based Upon: This movie is based upon the popular TV series, "Lizzie
McGuire", which aired on the Disney Channel in 2001-2002, as part of
their "Zoog Weekendz" schedule, and also airs on ABC Saturday mornings.
The series ended production after 65 episodes, with the franchise now
moving to the big screen instead.
Premise: Graduating from junior high school, Lizzie McGuire (Duff)
goes to Italy for her summer vacation. Lizzie's inner thoughts are represented
on the screen in the form of an animated version of herself. Once in
Italy, Lizzie meets a handsome Italian pop star who recruits her to
become his singing partner, transforming Lizzie from being a regular
American school girl into being a glitzy European pop sensation...
Filming: Production started on October 16th, 2002 at locations
in Rome and Vancouver, on a budget of $15 million. Filming wrapped up
on December 11th, 2002.
Genre: Animated (partially), Comedy, Female, Kids, Musically,
Teen, TV Series
Credits Greg Dean