Sky High

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Sky High (2005 Movie)

“Sky High” is a superhero comedy film released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2005. Directed by Mike Mitchell, the movie revolves around the concept of a high school for superheroes, where the children of famous superheroes and sidekicks learn to hone their powers and abilities.

The story follows Will Stronghold, played by Michael Angarano, who is the son of the two most famous superheroes, the Commander and Jetstream, portrayed by Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston, respectively. On his first day at Sky High, Will is placed in the “Sidekick” class, disappointing his parents and making him feel inadequate.

As he struggles to find his true powers and identity, Will befriends Layla, played by Danielle Panabaker, who has the ability to manipulate plants, and Warren Peace, played by Steven Strait, a rebellious student with fire-based powers. Together, they navigate the ups and downs of high school life and the challenges of being in the hero program.

Meanwhile, a villain known as Royal Pain, portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, hatches a plan to destroy Sky High and take revenge on the Commander and Jetstream. Will and his friends must use their unique abilities to thwart the villain’s evil scheme and prove themselves as true heroes.

As the story progresses, Will discovers that being a hero is not just about having superpowers, but also about integrity, loyalty, and doing the right thing. He learns that his strength lies not in his powers but in his character and determination.

“Sky High” is filled with humor, action, and heartwarming moments, making it an entertaining family-friendly film. It cleverly plays with superhero tropes and clichés, making it appealing to both children and adults. The movie also touches on themes of self-acceptance, friendship, and the importance of embracing one’s true self.

The film features a talented ensemble cast, including Bruce Campbell as the school’s coach, Dave Foley as the science teacher, and Lynda Carter as Principal Powers. The special effects and visual design add to the superhero fantasy world of Sky High, making it an enjoyable and visually appealing experience.

“Sky High” received positive reviews from critics and became a commercial success. It has since gained a cult following and is considered one of the beloved Disney live-action movies of the early 2000s. The film’s mix of action, comedy, and coming-of-age themes resonates with audiences of all ages, making it a memorable addition to Disney’s lineup of superhero-themed movies.

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  • Year Released: 2005
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $86.4 million
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  • Michael Angarano as William “Will” Theodore Stronghold
  • Kurt Russell as Steve Stronghold / The Commander
  • Kelly Preston as Josie DeMarco-Stronghold / Jetstream
  • Danielle Panabaker as Layla Williams
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Gwendolyn “Gwen” Grayson / Royal Pain / Sue Tenny
  • Steven Strait as Warren Peace
  • Dee Jay Daniels as Ethan Bank
  • Kelly Vitz as Magenta “Maj” Lewis
  • Nicholas Braun as Zachary “Zach” Braun / Zack Attack
  • Malika Haqq and Khadijah Haqq as Penny Lent
  • Jake Sandvig and Will Harris as Lash and Speed
  • Lynda Carter as Principal Powers
  • Bruce Campbell as Tommy Boomowski / Coach Boomer / Sonic Boom
  • Kevin Heffernan as Ron Wilson
  • Cloris Leachman as Nurse Spex
  • Jim Rash as Mr. Grayson / Stitches
  • Dave Foley as Jonathan Boy / All-American Boy
  • Kevin McDonald as Professor Medulla
  • Kim Rhodes as Professor Jeannie Elast / Elastic Girl
  • Tom Kenny and Jill Talley as Mr. and Mrs. Chester Timmerman
  • Loren Berman as Larry
  • Dustin Ingram as Carbon Copy Kid


  • Directors: Mike Mitchell
  • Producer: Andrew Gunn
  • Music: Michael Giacchino

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