Jump In!

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Jump In!
Jump In! Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Written byDoreen Spicer-Dannelly
Regina Y. Hicks
Karin Gist
Directed byPaul Hoen
StarringCorbin Bleu
Keke Palmer
David Reivers
Laivan Greene
Shanica Knowles
Kylee Russell
Narrated byPatrick Johnson, Jr.
Theme music composerFrank Fitzpatrick
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Kevin Lafferty
John Davis
CinematographyDavid A. Makin
Editor(s)Janice Hampton
Running time85 minutes
Production company(s)Davis Entertainment
Hop, Skip and Jump Productions
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Original networkDisney Channel
Original release
  • January 12, 2007 (2007-01-12)

Jump In! is a 2007 Disney Channel Original Movie, which premiered on January 12, 2007. It was released on Disney Channel UK on April 27, 2007. The film, starring Corbin Bleu and Keke Palmer, revolves around a young boxer, Izzy Daniels (Bleu), who trains to follow in his father's footsteps by winning the Golden Glove. When his friend, Mary (Palmer), asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament, Izzy discovers his new love for jumping rope and in the meantime, he soon discovers true love in Mary and he dealt with his father only wanting him to box and follow in his footsteps.[1] Filming took place from June–July 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Isadore "Izzy" Daniels (Corbin Bleu) is a star boxer in Brooklyn, hoping to win the Golden Gloves, like his father Kenneth (David Reivers), who's also his coach. Izzy competes in an exhibition match against Rodney (Patrick Johnson, Jr.), his classmate and the neighborhood bully, and wins using strategy and focus, giving him a chance to go to the Golden Gloves.

Izzy's neighbor, Mary Thomas (Keke Palmer), is a competitive Double Dutch player on a team called the Joy Jumpers; though the two are always arguing around each other, their friends know that they have crushes on each other. Izzy brings his younger sister, Karin (Kylee Russell), and her friends to the Double Dutch regional competition, to watch Mary and her teammates, Shauna (Shanica Knowles), Keisha (Laivan Greene), and Yolanda (Jajube Mandiela). Watching the competition, though Izzy tries to hide it, he actually is impressed by the competition, and shows an interest in Double Dutch. The Joy Jumpers take fourth place, barely qualifying for the city finals. Upset with Mary's freestyle choreography, Yolanda leaves the team and joins their main competitors, the Dutch Dragons. The Joy Jumpers need to find another teammate, or they can't compete in the city finals. Not taking Double Dutch seriously, Izzy mocks their dilemma. Mary challenges him then to jump rope, and prove that it's easy. Izzy manages to pull it off, having done jump roping to train for boxing. He's convinced by Shauna and Keisha to be a temporary replacement until they can find someone else. Mary also agrees to the arrangement. He practices with the Joy Jumpers before school at his father's gym, so no one can see them.

Over the next several days, Izzy spends more time with the Joy Jumpers and improves tremendously at Double Dutch, though his boxing skills and punctuality suffer as a result. His fellow boxer, Tammy (Rebecca Williams), finds out, but promises to keep it a secret if he stops teasing her. With some help from Izzy, the Joy Jumpers are able to put together a better freestyle routine. Izzy agrees to join the team permanently, and suggests they change the name to Hot Chili Steppers instead, which Mary agrees to. Izzy plans to perform with them at a Double Dutch exhibition to practice their routine. That day, though, Izzy's dad shows up with tickets to a boxing match. Reluctant to tell the truth, Izzy goes with his dad, and bails on Mary and the Hot Chili Steppers. Upset, Mary kicks him off the team, even though Izzy apologizes.

Rodney, meanwhile, is furious over losing to Izzy, and demands a rematch, though Izzy continuously ignores him. He discovers Izzy's secret, and takes pictures of him, then puts them all over their school, exposing and ridiculing Izzy. After seeing this, Mary goes to Izzy, and tries to convince him to come back, but Izzy coldly turns her down, and Mary gives up. Kenneth gives Izzy a gift for his boxing match, but discovers the pictures Rodney posted, and confronts Izzy about it. Izzy admits that he didn't tell his dad because ever since Kenneth's wife, Izzy's mother, died, all he ever talks about is boxing. Izzy admits that he no longer likes the sport, and only does it for his father. Izzy apologizes, feeling guilty for his outburst, while Kenneth accepts the apology, then leaves the room.

Izzy takes out his anger practicing at the gym, until Tammy comes over, and reminds him that she's been teased by him and others constantly for being a female boxer, but she's never let it get to her, and became the best girl boxer in Brooklyn. As Izzy is leaving that night, Rodney arrives at the gym , bringing a large crowd with him. He demands again that Izzy gives him the rematch, and after some mocking, Izzy agrees to it. In the ring, Izzy responds to Rodney's mockery with fact, that he was angry because his father was out of work, and everyone thought of him as a loud-mouthed bully. He uses the tricks he honed in freestyle practice to dodge Rodney's attacks and push him against the ropes repeatedly, finally stating that they both had a lot to be mad about, but fighting would not improve them. He leaves the ring, and Rodney angrily follows, but trips and falls. Everyone urges Izzy to finish him, but he refuses, stating that he's tired of being mad before leaving the gym. Rodney was impressed by Izzy, having felt the same way but not willing to admit it. He admired Izzy for standing up to him.

The Hot Chili Steppers come to the city finals with an abysmal replacement, until Izzy shows up. He apologizes and, after some bantering, Mary quickly forgives him. The Dutch Dragons show up, with Yolanda and their leader, Gina (Paula Brancati), snarking at Mary and her teammates. Mary, though, shows a new attitude, not letting their snark get to her. During the compulsory, the Steppers stun the Dragons by taking first place, while the Dragons take second. The Dragons take first in the speed, while the Steppers take second, which means the Freestyle round will determine the winners. Tammy shows up with Izzy's friends, Chuck and Earl (Mazin Elsadig and Micah Williams), to support the Hot Chili Steppers. Rodney shows up, as well, to watch. Just before they perform their freestyle routine, Izzy is surprised when his father and Karin show up to support him, too. The Hot Chili Steppers take the stage, with Izzy showing the skills he's learned, impressing his friends, Rodney, and Kenneth. After they finish their performance, Izzy goes up to his father. Kenneth apologizes, saying boxing was his way to stay close to Izzy after they lost Izzy's mom. He tells Izzy that he's proud of him, and the two make amends. Rodney also tells Izzy that he's impressed by the Double Dutch, and hopes Izzy can show him the moves he made in the ring. Izzy agrees, and the two call a truce.

The results are announced, and the Dutch Dragons take second place. Before the winner is revealed, the screen suddenly freezes, and cuts to a group of kids at the boxing gym, who are listening to Izzy's story narrated by Rodney. He tells them that the Hot Chili Steppers went to state, but didn't win until the next year, and Mary & Izzy are still together. As he sends the kids to gear up, Rodney remembers that day, revealing the Hot Chili Steppers won. They happily accept their first-place trophy, stunning the Dutch Dragons. The movie ends with the Hot Chili Steppers and Karin teaching Kenneth how to Double Dutch.


  • Corbin Bleu as Isadore "Izzy" Daniels, a boxer and son of a widowed golden gloves champion. He joins Mary's Double Dutch team after Yolanda quits. He is bullied by Rodney Tyler, who is insecure and he pretends to like fighting because of his friends.
  • Keke Palmer as Mary Thomas, the leader of the Joy Jumpers (later turned Hot Chili Steppers), she does Double Dutch and hopes to get into the city finals. She and Izzy later on become attracted to each other.
  • David Reivers as Kenneth Daniels, former boxer and Izzy's widowed father.
  • Shanica Knowles as Shauna Lewis, a member of the Joy Jumpers and Mary's best friend.
  • Patrick Johnson, Jr. as Rodney Tyler, the school bully who wants the golden gloves as much as Izzy. He has a lot of problems at home and Izzy hates fighting him because it does them no good.
  • Laivan Greene as Keisha Ray, another member of the Joy Jumpers and Mary's other best friend.
  • Kylee Russell as Karin Daniels, Izzy's Double Dutch-crazy sister.
  • Rebecca Williams as Tammy Lewis, the only girl boxer at the Daniels' gym. Although she is picked on by Izzy's friends, she stands strong and loves boxing. She thinks of herself as one of the guys and doesn't care what people think of her because she likes being herself. She helps Izzy with his problems and gives him advice after people start harassing him because he grows into liking Double Dutch. She has a crush on Chuck.
  • Jajube Mandiela as Yolanda Brooks, Mary's ex-best friend who joins the Dutch Dragons because she wants to be a winner more than being Mary's friend.
  • Micah Williams as L'il Earl Jackson, a boxer at the gym and one of Izzy's best friends. He has a joking personality.
  • Harrison Hapin as Jump Rope #1
  • Mazin Elsadig as Chuck Coley, a boxer at the gym and one of Izzy's best friends. He has a crush on Tammy.
  • Paula Brancati as Gina, the arrogant and snarky leader of the Dutch Dragons, the four-time regional champions of Double Dutch. She takes joy in every opportunity she gets to belittle Mary and her team.
  • Gene A. Mack as Felix, the gym's wise referee and training coach.


The film was originally set to star Raven-Symoné and be named Double Dutch, but due to unknown reasons it was later revamped into Jump In! with Corbin Bleu.

China Anne McClain auditioned for and won an undisclosed role in the film but turned it down to instead star in the television series Tyler Perry's House of Payne (2007–present) as Jazmine Payne, after catching Tyler Perry's attention.[2][3]

Jump In! is the 69th Disney Channel Original Movie and went into production in 2006. Earlier titles for the film included "Jump", "Jump In" and "Jump Start", with some early trailers even showing the "Jump Start" title.

In the movie, Izzy Daniels is in a group called the Hot Chili Steppers. This is an obvious parody of Red Hot Chili Peppers, a real-life rock band. The version in Spanish dubs the name Salto Extrapicante. This led to a failed lawsuit in March 2007[citation needed].

Promotion for the film began in the Summer of 2006, with a poster appearing in the program for the High School Musical Tour. Advertisements highlighted Corbin Bleu's association with High School Musical and ran heavily during re-airings of that film. Several videos from the film were also put into heavy rotation on Disney Channel, airing during breaks in regular programming.

Corbin Bleu became very good at jumping and even performed some of his own stunts like the donkey kick and pushups, but he did have a stunt double for some of the jumping like back flips and individual jumping. At the end of the movie, Andy Royalle makes a guest appearance as one of the jump-ropers. During the final contest, an actual champion Double Dutch team from Brooklyn makes a cameo. They just happened to be in Toronto for a tournament at the same time the movie was being filmed.

Jump In! was the last Disney Channel Original Movie to use the 2003–2007 Disney Channel Movie intro; later DCOM films used the remixed version.

The story of Jump In! was originally written by Sherwyn Smith, who now works as a teacher at an elite private school on the Upper East Side of New York.[citation needed]


Jump In! broke the record previously set by The Cheetah Girls 2 as the highest rated DCOM premiere with 8.2 million viewers.[4][5][6] At the time it marked Corbin Bleu's second #1 hit for the Disney Channel and Keke Palmer's first. Its ratings record for highest rated DCOM was beat out for later that year by High School Musical 2 (in which Corbin Bleu also starred) on August 17, 2007 which gained 17.24 million viewers, making it Bleu's third #1 hit DCOM.

Special screenings[edit]

  • Jump In! and Dance It to the Limit: A special screening of the movie with a special dance-along to Push It to the Limit, hosted by the male announcer of Disney Channel.
  • Jump In! Jab & Gab: A special screening of the movie, in which viewers play the online game, Jab & Gab and send shout-outs to their friends, family or the cast of the movie.
  • Jump In! Pop up Edition: Gives viewers an inside look on different parts of the movie, while popping up on your television. This special screening aired Friday, June 1 on Disney Channel.

Home media[edit]

The DVD release of Jump In! carried the subtitle "Freestyle Edition" and was released on April 3, 2007. And July 2, 2007 in the United Kingdom.

Special features include the following:

  • Keke Palmer's "Jumpin'" Music Video
  • T-Squad's "Vertical" Music Video
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette - "Learning the Moves"
  • Making of Featurette - "Inside the Ropes"
  • Rooa Abdelrahim and Alyssa Gallagher, who appeared in High School Musical (1 and 2), made a cameo in this film during the song "Push It To The Limit"; the two also appeared in the fighting match between Izzy and Rodney.


Jump In!
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Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedJanuary 9, 2007
LabelWalt Disney

A soundtrack featuring songs from the movie was released on January 9, 2007.[7] It debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 on January 17, 2007, with 49,000 copies sold,[8] and rose to #3 in the next week, selling 57,000 copies.[9] In its third week, it fell to number nine with 44,000 copies sold.[10] In March 2007, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA. As of July 8, 2008 the album has sold over 600.000+ copies within the U.S.

Frank Fitzpatrick composed the original score for the film and wrote and produced two songs for the soundtrack, including the single "Jump to the Rhythm", a co-production with Nashville’s Keith Thomas featuring Jordan Pruitt.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It's On" - NLT
  2. "It's My Turn Now" - Keke Palmer
  3. "Push It to the Limit" - Corbin Bleu
  4. "Vertical" - T-Squad
  5. "Where Do I Go From Here" - Sebastian Mego
  6. "Jump to the Rhythm" - Jordan Pruitt
  7. "Jumpin’" - Keke Palmer
  8. "Go (Jump In! Mix)" - Jupiter Rising
  9. "I’m Ready" - Drew Seeley
  10. "Gotta Lotta" - Prima J
  11. "Live It Up" - Jeannie Ortega
  12. "Jump" - Lil' Josh
  13. "Let It Go" - Kyle


  1. ^ Corbin Bleu's online journal, June 24, 2006,
  2. ^ "China Anne McClain Bio". kidzworld.com. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  3. ^ Barnes, Brooks (May 10, 2011). "Tween Stars Wanted: Must Be Primed for Pressure". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  4. ^ Michael Schneider (January 16, 2007). "Shows set records for Disney". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "'24' blows up in the ratings". USA Today. January 17, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2016. Cable records. Latest Disney Channel movie Jump In! averaged 8.2 million viewers Friday, becoming the network's most-watched telecast ever.
  6. ^ R. Thomas Umstead (January 22, 2007). "Disney Movie Skips to Another Record". Multichannel News. Archived from the original on January 24, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2008.
  7. ^ "Soundtrack - Jump In!". Amazon. January 9, 2007.
  8. ^ Katie Hasty, "'Dreamgirls' Remains No. 1 As Sales Keep Sliding", Billboard.com, January 17, 2006.
  9. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Daughtry Edges Out 'Dreamgirls' To Claim No. 1", Billboard.com, January 24, 2007.
  10. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Pretty Ricky, Shins Grab Top Album Chart Spots", Billboard.com, January 31, 2007.
  11. ^ "Jump In! (TV Movie 2007) - Soundtracks". IMDb. May 1, 2009. Retrieved October 10, 2013.

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