Three 12-year-old friends, Marshall (Mario Yedidia), Gilbert (Adam Wylie) and Amy (Clara Bryant), find a 3000-year-old mummy (Bill Fagerbakke) unearthed in the 20th century and accidentally set him free.
The kids discover they must return their new friend to his resting place before midnight on Halloween or he will turn into dust and lose his immortal soul. When a thief steals the mummy’s sarcophagus intending to sell it, Marshall, Gilbert and Amy risk their lives to track down the crook. In the process, they must keep the mummy hidden from the townspeople.
Not only does the trio manage to get the mummy back into his sarcophagus, but they are successful in helping reunite him with his long-lost love.
Dove is awarding this DVD four Doves out of five, mainly due to two reasons: it is pretty tame and wholesome overall, and it has some really funny moments. It is one that mostly kids and teenagers will enjoy. The actor who plays the 3000-year-old mummy, Bill Fagerbakke, is very expressive with his eyes and other than his eyes and mouth, he has very little to work with considering he is bandaged up from top to bottom as the mummy. He is terrific at expressing his various feelings and emotions, be it curiosity, fear, or whatever.
One of the film’s funny moments include the mummy getting one of the three kids who look out for him to scratch an itch he has. He also wanders into a hospital and a nurse thinks he is a burn victim. When no pulse or heart beat is found, they put the electric paddles on him and his bandages catch fire. He does pretty well when he tries out a skateboard for the first time.
This movie does indeed have a plot, as the kids attempt to help the mummy get back to his sarcophagus before midnight on Halloween or else he is toast (dust, actually). He finds his true long-lost love along the way but we will not expose the exact ending of this imaginative film. Originally put out by the Disney Channel, this picture may not have received any Academy Award nominations, but it targets its audience very well and adds a dash or two of humor along the way. Kids will love it and kids at heart will enjoy it too. We happily award “Under Wraps” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.