Two things that kids like are space aliens and extreme sports (i.e., skateboarding, snowboarding, etc.). In 2004, Kids’ WB brilliantly and cynically combined these 2 elements by producing a made for TV movie about an extreme sports loving teenage space alien. Witness Zolar: The Extreme Sports Movie.
Kids’ WB’s first (and only) live action movie, Zolar tells the story of a blue-skinned teenaged extraterrestrial who possesses immense galactic power but is interested primarily in skating with his friends and reconciling his freakish exterior with the norms of society. And surviving attempts on his life by the evil interstellar overlord Hedion. That concerns him too.
Zolar’s bright blue skin and the fin things for his ears are OK, but there’s something familiar about that nose…
“File this under: bull crap.”
Everyone immediately becomes friends. However, the evil Hedion (C. Thomas Howell), a powerful space bad guy, seeks the power that Zolar has within him. To capture Zolar and retrieve this mojo, he dispatches some cronies to Earth, chief among them some clown named Geommer.
Geommer puts together a scheme to trick Zolar and takes him prisoner. It’s now up to Zolar’s new friends to spring their blue chum, and prevent Geommer from taking over the universe.
Thanks to dvdverdict.com for the synopsis.
On the upside, Zolar is harmless family fare. There’s no blood, death or sexual innuendos. On the downside, the movie is very, very, very stupid. The premise alone opens the door for all kinds of unanswerable questions: How does a hippie guy living in a bus manage to hide an alien for 14 years? What’s with Wild Grrl’s look?
Normally I’m all for chicks who wear wacky outfits and crazy colored hair, I actually liked the pink hair, but this chick was wearing FAR too much makeup. Seriously, no need to cake it on, sister; any more and you can officially qualify as a clown. Seriously, all she needs is a pair of big floppy shoes and a red honking nose and she’d be in the house.
Where are these kids’ parents? Aren’t they concerned about their kids being chased and blasted by laser gun toting evil aliens from another planet? And how does anyone not notice a teen with blue skin and gills wearing street clothes? Yeah, sure. All you have to do is dress the space alien in a baseball cap, a plaid shirt and blue jeans and everyone thinks that he’s a normal person.
Oh, wait. That actually happened. Anyway, as evidenced by shows such as Prostars and “Hoop Squad”, arguably the single worst episode of Static Shock of all time, trying to pass off pro athletes as super heroes is always a terrible idea. I think that Chad Rocco (CR!) said it best, “Just because you can play basketball, that doesn’t make you a super hero!”
All of a sudden, the concept of extra terrestrial ducks who play hockey seems plausible.
2 thoughts on “TV Special Tonight!: Zolar – The Extreme Sports Movie”
Ah, the early 2000s. A time when extreme sports were used by dumb executives to be “hip” and “with it” to the kids. A time when Tony Hawk was relevant and had games that didn't suck eggs. A time when every kid that wasn't enslaved to television, Internet, and PS2 growing up in the 2000s was into skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, or biking. It was a great time for grommets like me that weren't all that swood. I could look cool without actually being cool. Those were the days.
I remember seeing promos for this when I was a kid, as I was still able to indulge in weekday afternoon cartoons on network TV (this is despite the fact that I had cable), and even back then I though this looked stupid. And this is coming from the same stupid kid who actually liked DiC's Super Duper Sumos!
And yeah, I hated Cowboys and Aliens, too.