|Written by||Story by|
|Directed by||Mark L. Taylor|
|Country of origin||United States|
Disney Channel Original Movie
|Running time||89 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Salty Pictures|
Lion Share Productions
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original release||August 13, 2010|
Den Brother is the last Disney Channel Original Movie to feature the Disney logo on the bottom-left with the "Original Movie" ribbon, a tradition that had lasted for six years that every prior Disney film usually incorporated into their promotional posters.
Alex Pearson (Hutch Dano) is an avid Lemon Oaks High School hockey player who is seeking the attention of Matisse Burrows (Kelsey Chow), the most attractive girl in school. Alex also wants a car, but his widowed father Jasper refuses to help financially, stating that Alex's "attitude" needs to improve, citing Alex's recent suspension from the hockey team for showboating. In order to become more creditable with his father, Alex has to do chores and babysit his little sister, Emily (G. Hannelius). Meanwhile, the leader of Emily's Bumble Bee troop has just been informed her husband got a great job offer in another part of the country, and hastily leaves without arranging for a successor, which the girls worry their troop will be dissolved. Alex tells the girls he will be the substitute scoutmaster, and he uses the alias of "Mrs. Zamboni" to fool parents and the Bumblebee council.
The Bumble Bee troop has to work to be able to attend the Camporee, the most important Bumble Bee event of the year, by selling cookies and completing various badges. Alex helps the girls earn the badges, and they in turn help him get a date with Matisse, who is a senior Bumble Bee. At the same time, he also stands up for the other Den Mothers to Dina (Vicki Lewis), a very controlling Den Mother.
Alex accidentally reveals himself when, during a muffin sale at the big hockey game, the coach wonders where Alex is as his suspension is over. Alex puts himself in, still disguised as Mrs. Zamboni, to win the game. Doing so disqualifies his troop, alienates his best friend, and disappoints his sister and father. Afterwards, Emily refuses to talk to him and his father refuses to punish him, knowing that Alex will punish himself. After returning a runaway dog to one of his neighbors, Mrs. Jacklitts, Alex learns that she used to be a Bumble Bee leader herself. Alex's mother, who died two years ago, had been a Bumble Bee in Mrs. Jacklitt's old troop.
Upon learning this, Alex makes a deal with her to help out around the house in exchange for her being the new Den Mother. After introducing her to the troop, she convinces them to forgive Alex, who goes to the finals for his hockey game. There, he apologizes to his team and offers the captaincy to Goose (David Lambert), who refuses, saying he wants Alex to be the real captain. During the game, Alex acts as a distraction instead of hogging the puck to himself, allowing his team to win. Alex clears the way for Goose to make the winning point, causing Goose to get the All-Star spot Alex wanted. The Bumble Bees show up with Alex's father; Matisse forgives Alex and reveals that they want Alex to be their Den Mother, to which Alex accepts.
At the Camporee, Alex claims he is the Den Mother. Dina disapproves, but her husband (the hockey official who originally suspended Alex), is pleased with his attitude and offers him a spot on the All-Stars. Alex accepts as long as it works around his troop's schedule.
- Hutch Dano as Alex Pearson
- G. Hannelius as Emily Pearson
- Taylar Hender as Abigail
- Vicki Lewis as Dina Reams
- Kelsey Chow as Matisse Burrows
- David Lambert as Danny "Goose" Gustavo
- Kelly Gould as Rachel
- Kiara Muhammad as Ursula
- Haley Tju as Tina
- Maurice Godin as Jasper Pearson
- Debra Mooney as Allie Jacklitz
- Rick Dano (real-life father of Hutch Dano) makes a cameo as a delivery man
The film was shot in early 2010 on location in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The movie premiere generated 3.7 million viewers. The film grew its audience from the beginning with 3.08 million viewers to eventually peaked with 4.3 million viewers in its final quarter-hour; it also topped its premiere night.
- The movie site at disneychannel.com
- Robert Seidman (August 16, 2010). "Friday Cable: Den Brother + Eureka, Haven, The Pillars of the Earth & More". TV by the Numbers.