Disney Channel premiered its latest original movie a musical adaptation of “Freaky Friday” on August 10 and it delivered with powerful and emotional moments enhanced by the songs featured in the made for TV presentation. History shows us that the concept has been done a few times and while many are quick to compare this latest adaptation to the much more familiar 2003 feature film lets be clear this new version was not a reboot but instead a take on the musical adaptation.
Heidi Blickenstaff who had the role of “Katherine” in the original stage production was cast to reprise her role as the mother “Katherine” in this new retelling while Cozi Zoulsdorff portrayed the daughter “Ellie“. While this could be considered by many Cozi’s “big break” the 20-year-old actress is no stranger to Disney fans. She had a regular role on the Disney XD series “Mighty Med” as well as several other appearances on Disney series including “Liv and Maddie”, “KC Undercover” and more. Cozi is also known for starring in the “Dolphin Tale” films.
Highlights of the new Disney Channel DCOM were no doubt the musical numbers where mother and daughter switch bodies and again when they switch back at the end of the film. These transitions were made more meaningful thanks to the addition of songs that convey the feelings of each character. Including the film’s opening song “What It’s Like to Be Me” which was co-written by Cozi Zoulsdorff.
Listen to Cozi Zoulsdorff sing “What It’s Like To Be Me”:
Watch the first switch scene below:
The storyline from here on is full of heart and soul searching as both mother and daughter learn to better understand each other as they face struggles and realize that neither one truly understands what they are going through. “Katherine” (Heidi Blickenstaff) is a caterer who is determined to prepare food for her own upcoming wedding while “Ellie” (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) is a 16-year-old teenager trying to navigate through high school life.
Without giving away too much the scene near the end of the film might make you tear up just a little bit as the two switch back to their own bodies. The moment is moving but the lyrics to the song they both sing to each other underscores the overall message of the story.
Again, I want to emphasize this was not a reboot or a remake but rather a musical version that should stand on its own as an entertaining and meaningful TV movie that highlights the bond between a mother and her daughter. It features catchy songs and has a lot of heart.
You can watch “Freaky Friday” on demand through DisneyNow.