Starring Max & Shred's Jonny Gray, newcomer Callan Potter, and veteran comedic actors Peter Keleghan and Caroline Rhea
World premiere Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on YTV
TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2016 /CNW/ - Get ready for some major laughs this April Fool's Day, as YTV brings the dynamic duo from Macdonald Hall boys' school to fans across the country in Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! The original movie based on the much-loved Macdonald Hall book series by best-selling young adult author Gordon Korman, premieres Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. View the trailer here.
Produced by Aircraft Pictures in association with YTV, the original movie follows Bruno Walton, played by Jonny Gray (Max & Shred, Annedroids) and Melvin "Boots" O'Neal, played by Callan Potter (Stratford Festival), the most infamous troublemakers at Macdonald Hall - a supposedly prestigious school for boys. After a dismal defeat at the hands of their York Academy rivals at the semi-annual swim meet, Bruno uncovers that Macdonald Hall is perilously close to losing his best pal Boots to York thanks to Macdonald Hall's less than impressive sports facilities. Determined to save their swim program and keep his friend at Macdonald Hall, Bruno goes on a fundraising warpath to build their own pool. The duo's shenanigans try the patience of Headmaster William
"The Fish" Sturgeon (Peter Keleghan) and Headmistress Eugenia Scrimmage (Caroline Rhea). Despite their ongoing pranks, Bruno and Boots love their school and are willing to do anything to protect it.
"The chemistry between the young cast members is truly incredible," said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content, Corus Kids. "Jonny and Callan bring Gordon Korman's beloved characters to life in this hilarious comedy, which will delight both old and new Macdonald Hall fans."
"The majority of people involved in this production from start to finish are Macdonald Hall fans themselves," said Anthony Leo, Producer, Aircraft Pictures. "And, I think their passion for Gordon Korman's first book series is evident on screen."
Viewers can delve behind-the-scenes into the not-so-secret lives of the cast by catching Macdonald Hall Diaries – the digital series that premieres on YTV.com on February 12, 2016.
Korman began his writing career at the age of 12, when he signed his first contract with book publisher Scholastic Canada for This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall. That book became the first in a seven-book series which also includes Go Jump in the Pool! Now, he is a full-time writer and speaker, with more than 28 million copies of his novels in print. His books have been translated into 30 different languages. Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! is the third TV project based on a book by Korman. Swindle, based on the book of the same name premiered on Nickelodeon in 2013 and the Disney Channel TV series The Jersey was based on Korman's The Monday Night Football Club. He is the author of more than 80 books for kids and young adults.
Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! is produced by Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Cybergeddon), written by Adam Barken (Killjoys, Flashpoint) and directed by Vivieno Caldinelli (This Hour has 22 Minutes, Odd Squad). Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! also stars Hannah Vandenbygaart (Tell the World), Kiana Madeira (Really Me, My Babysitter's a Vampire), Joshua Kilimnik (Odd Squad), Drew Haytaoglu (Anne of Green Gables), Isiah Lea (The Stanley Dynamic), Jayne Eastwood (Little Mosque On The Prairie) and Scott Thompson (Kids In The Hall). The movie was produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund and the Bell Fund.
Celebrating 25 years in television, YTV is a leading cross platform entertainment brand for kids and families. The channel offers quality entertainment with hilarious animated and live-action comedy series, popular Nickelodeon series, blockbuster movies, top-rated original Canadian programming, music, celebrities and the channel's after-school block, The Zone. Through its multiple platforms and exclusive digital and interactive content, YTV is the voice of Canadian youth culture. YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc.
About Aircraft Pictures
Aircraft Pictures is an independent scripted content production company creating quality entertainment for a worldwide audience. With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, the company's principals are Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen. Aircraft is currently in production on the animated feature film The Breadwinner based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis – a co-production with Academy Award nominated studios Cartoon Saloon & Melusine Productions in association with Executive Producer Angelina Jolie Pitt – and the family television comedy Raising Expectations starring Molly Ringwald and Jason Priestley.
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