Can of Worms

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Can of Worms (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Can of Worms” is a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) that premiered in 1999. It is a science fiction comedy film that follows the story of a teenage boy named Mike Pillsbury, played by Michael Shulman.

In the movie, Mike is an awkward and socially outcast teenager who often feels like an outsider. He dreams of making contact with extraterrestrial life and believes that his life on Earth is somehow a mistake. One night, feeling frustrated and lonely, he sends a message into space using his computer, asking for an alien to come and take him away.

To Mike’s surprise, his message is received by an intergalactic council that is amused by his plea. They decide to grant his wish but with a twist – instead of sending a friendly alien, they send a can of worms to Earth. The worms, who are actually shape-shifting aliens, wreak havoc in Mike’s life as they assume the forms of various people and animals around him.

As the chaos unfolds, Mike learns valuable lessons about acceptance, friendship, and the true meaning of belonging. Throughout the film, he comes to understand that being different is not a bad thing, and that he can find happiness and purpose right where he is.

“Can of Worms” blends elements of comedy, science fiction, and coming-of-age themes. It explores the idea of self-discovery and the importance of embracing one’s individuality. The film has a lighthearted and entertaining tone that appeals to young audiences, and it also delivers positive messages about self-acceptance and the value of human connections.

Overall, “Can of Worms” is a fun and heartwarming DCOM that provides an enjoyable mix of humor, adventure, and life lessons. It remains a favorite among Disney Channel fans who appreciate its positive and relatable message about finding one’s place in the world.

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  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney Channel Original Movie
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  • Michael Shulman: Mike Pillsbury
  • Erika Christensen: Katelyn Sandman
  • Adam Wylie: Nick
  • Andrew Ducote: Jay
  • Garrett M. Brown: Mike’s Father
  • Lee Garlington: Mike’s Mother
  • Brighton Hertford: Jill Pillsbury
  • Marcus Turner: Scott Schriebner
  • Chris Davies: Ryan
  • Marie Stillin: Mrs. Nickerson
  • Jessica Murdoch: Katelyn’s Friend
  • Terry David Mulligan: Coach Trembly
  • Hrogather Matthews: Thoad’s Human Form
  • Brian Steele: Thoad’s Creature Form
  • Malcolm McDowell: Barnabus
  • Bruce Lanoil: The Bom
  • Wally Wingert: The Loafer Alien
  • David Coburn: The Jarm
  • Tara Charendoff: Lula
  • Peter Kelamis: Intergalactic Cop
  • JD Hall: Thoad’s Creature Form


  • Director: Paul Schneider
  • Producer: Marcy Gross and Joe Goodman

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