The cover image for Z-O-M-B-I-E-S

Star-Crossed Lovers in Disney’s ‘Z-O-M-B-I-E-S’

A Disney Channel Original Movie that shows how two different groups can coexist.

Disney’s Z-O-M-B-I-E-S is an original movie that focuses on two major groups: zombies and humans. At Seabrook High School, everything has to be perfect: traditions, pep rallies, and uniformity. Uniformity is the main topic explored in this film, as it is the main example of conformity in high schools.

Addison is a human cheerleader who is expected to be perfect by her parents, as her mother is the mayor of Seabrook and her father is the Chief of the Zombie Patrol. Knowing that her parents will be disappointed, Addison tries to keep her new relationship with Zed, a zombie who wants to try out for the football team, a secret. Addison’s relationship with Zed is similar to the star-crossed relationship between Ariel and Eric in The Little Mermaid and Romeo and Juliet in the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. In addition, the conflict between the zombies and the humans at Seabrook High School is similar to the conflict between the Arendellians and the Northuldra in Frozen 2.

This image is of Addison and Zed
Addison and Zed

There is some representation of African Americans in Disney’s Z-O-M-B-I-E-S. Eliza (Kylee Russell), a zombie friend of Zed, and Bree (Carla Jeffery), a cheerleading friend of Addison, are characters of African American descent who have supporting roles. Coach (Jonathan Langdon), the coach of the school’s football team, is also an African American character.

The unfair treatment of zombies at Seabrook High School is a central conflict in Disney’s Z-O-M-B-I-E-S. In this movie, the zombies are identified as people with green hair and wearing Z-Bands. Addison, who wears a blonde wig to hide her naturally white hair from the other Seabrook High School students, believes that being different is a good thing and the people around her have to change for the better.

The success of this film has led to two sequels in this trilogy. The two sequels are Z-O-M-B-I-E-S-2 and Z-O-M-B-I-E-S-3. This trilogy is similar to Disney’s Descendants trilogy.

Overall, this film shows a decent representation of African Americans and portrays the importance of bringing different groups together in this musical fantasy.



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