Hatching Pete

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Hatching Pete (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Hatching Pete” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered in 2009. The film revolves around the story of Pete Ivey (played by Jason Dolley), a shy and introverted high school student who becomes the school mascot, an oversized chicken, to help his best friend Cleatus Poole (played by Mitchel Musso) overcome his fear of performing in front of people.

Cleatus is the son of the school’s basketball coach and is expected to take on the role of the chicken mascot, a long-standing tradition at their school. However, Cleatus suffers from stage fright and cannot bring himself to perform. In a stroke of genius, Pete comes up with the idea of secretly taking on the role of the chicken, while Cleatus performs the duties behind the scenes.

As the chicken mascot, Pete becomes a huge hit and gains popularity throughout the school, but he must maintain the secret identity to preserve Cleatus’s reputation. The movie follows the comedic situations and challenges that arise as Pete navigates his double life as both the chicken mascot and the unassuming student.

Throughout the film, Pete’s growing popularity as the mascot leads to unexpected consequences and conflicts with his school responsibilities and friendships. The story explores themes of friendship, identity, and self-confidence, as both Pete and Cleatus learn valuable life lessons about embracing their true selves.

“Hatching Pete” is a lighthearted and humorous movie that appeals to a younger audience while also delivering positive messages about being true to oneself and supporting friends in times of need. The film showcases themes of teamwork and self-discovery and is a heartwarming tale about finding the courage to step out of one’s comfort zone.

As with many Disney Channel Original Movies, “Hatching Pete” serves as both entertainment and a vehicle for conveying meaningful lessons to its young viewers. The film has been well-received by audiences for its relatable characters, engaging storyline, and positive messages.

Additional Details


  • Jason Dolley: Pete “The Chicken” Ivey
  • Mitchel Musso: Cleatus Poole
  • Tiffany Thornton: Jamie Wynn
  • Josie Loren: Angela Morrissey
  • Sean O’Bryan: Leon Ivey
  • Amy Farrington: Doris Ivey
  • Crawford Wilson: Dil Jensen
  • Aramis Knight: Wendell Pate
  • Edward Herrmann: The Principal
  • Brian Stepanek: Coach Mackey
  • Madison Riley: Cammie Poole


  • Director: Stuart Gillard
  • Producer: Stuart Gillard and Randy Sutter

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