Promotional image for the film
|Written by||Richard C. Okie
|Directed by||Ralph Hemecker|
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
|Theme music composer||Greg Edmonson|
|Country of origin||United States
|Producer(s)||Richard C. Okie|
|Running time||91 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Ranger Productions
Shaftesbury Services II, Inc.
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original channel||Disney XD
Disney XD (Canada)
|Original release||November 27, 2009|
Skyrunners is an American-Canadian sci-fi action/thriller Disney XD Original Movie that premiered on Disney XD on November 27, 2009. It was the first and only original film that premiered on network until Pants on Fire in 2014.
Teenage brothers Nick and Tyler come across a UFO that crashed near their town. Soon after evading the government, mainly agent Armstrong, and keeping the UFO in seclusion, Tyler goes through dramatic physical changes and gains superhuman powers due to his dramatic trip into space via the UFO, including enhanced strength and telepathy. The situation becomes even more difficult to cover up considering that Tyler is being constantly blown off by Nick, due to Nick's efforts at chasing Julie Gunn, as well as Nick having to make a science project to graduate high school and reptile-like aliens that have begun to appear and pursue Tyler. After having literally no one left to turn to, Tyler decides to tell agent Armstrong about the UFO. After agent Armstrong explains to Tyler about the effects that his trip into space had on his body, he shoots the ship with a laser gun, thereby critically damaging it, before he reveals himself to Tyler as a reptile-like alien in disguise and captures him.
Nick, feeling guilty for constantly doubting and ignoring Tyler, goes to the UFO hideout to try to apologize. Upon finding that Tyler is missing and the UFO damaged, he begins an attempt to repair the UFO. After trying all night, he is successful, and the UFO takes him to the hidden underground fortress in which the aliens are residing and realizes that it is actually an impact crater from the aliens' crash-landing on Earth. Nick locates Tyler and frees him from his holding cell. The brothers uncover that the aliens are planning to take over Earth by polluting the atmosphere. Tyler then uses an alien explosive from the UFO to destroy the aliens and their pollution equipment and escape in the UFO. However, they do not succeed in destroying all of them and are chased by a surviving alien in a more powerful version of their UFO.
After destroying the alien fighter and its pilot in a fast-paced dogfight, the UFO crashes at Nick's high school graduation. Nick then uses fixing the UFO as his science project and is allowed to graduate. Nick wins Julie over and they kiss, Tyler gets a date with Katie Wallace, and they get to keep the UFO. Assuming that all of the aliens were destroyed, the boys go on with their lives. However, at the end of the movie while taking the UFO for a joy-ride (With its new stereo system that Nick installed which is notably blasting the theme song of the movie, Low Day by Capra), four agent Armstrongs are seen watching them, revealing at least four of the aliens survived and are plotting another attack on them and the human race, thus leaving the possibility of a sequel.
- Joey Pollari as Tyler Burns
- Kelly Blatz as Nick Burns
- Linda Kash as Robin Burns
- Conrad Coates as Agent Armstrong
- Jacqueline MacInnes Wood as Julie 'Smoking' Gunn
- Nathan Stephenson as Darryl Butler
- Aisha Dee as Katie Wallace
A teaser trailer for the film was released on DisneyXD.com to promote it. On November 13, the song "Low Day", a song for the movie, aired in world premiere on Radio Disney and Disney XD. The song is performed by Capra, a band that Kelly Blatz is the lead singer of. The song has also been heard in an Expedia commercial.