Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Dadnapped (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Dadnapped” is a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) that premiered in 2009. It is a family comedy-adventure film that follows the story of a teenage girl named Melissa Morris, played by Emily Osment.

Melissa is a huge fan of a popular spy novel series called “Tripp Zoome,” written by her father, Neal Morris (played by George Newbern). However, she feels neglected by her workaholic father, who is always busy with his writing career and rarely spends time with her. Melissa’s dream is to have a closer relationship with her dad and wishes that they could go on a vacation together.

One day, while attending a “Tripp Zoome” fan convention with her father, Melissa’s wish comes true in an unexpected way. During the event, Neal is “dadnapped” by a group of overzealous fans who are upset with the way the latest book in the series ended. They believe that Neal should rewrite the story to suit their preferences.

With her father’s life in danger, Melissa teams up with a quirky pizza delivery boy named Wheeze, played by Moises Arias, and the enthusiastic “Tripp Zoome” superfan, Sheldon, played by Jason Earles, to rescue her dad. Together, they embark on an exciting adventure to save Neal from the clutches of the obsessed fans.

As they journey through various hilarious and thrilling escapades, Melissa learns the importance of communication, understanding, and the true meaning of family. She discovers that her father’s dedication to his work is not a reflection of his love for her and that they can connect and share special moments even amidst life’s chaos.

“Dadnapped” is a heartwarming film that emphasizes the value of family bonds and the significance of expressing one’s feelings to create stronger connections. It also delivers positive messages about standing up for what you believe in, working together as a team, and embracing the uniqueness of each individual.

The movie blends comedy, action, and heartfelt moments, making it an enjoyable and entertaining watch for the whole family. With its relatable characters and uplifting themes, “Dadnapped” has become a beloved addition to the Disney Channel Original Movie lineup.

Additional Details


  • Emily Osment: Melissa Morris
  • David Henrie: “Wheeze”
  • Jason Earles: Merv Kilbo
  • Moisés Arias: Andre
  • Denzel Whitaker: Sheldon
  • Phill Lewis: Maurice
  • Charles Halford: “Skunk”
  • Jonathan Keltz: Tripp Zoome
  • George Newbern: Neal Morris
  • Jennifer Stone: Debbie (voice)
  • Liz Lustig: Extra #1

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