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Don't Die Laughing: Disney Zombie Movie Set in NH?
According to the welcome sign on the outskirts of town in a film trailer promoting a recently released teen TV production, "clean energy lives here."
In the minds of some Disney screenwriters, so do zombies.
The bucolic scene shown in the film short for "Zombies" that introduces fans to the odd goings-on in "a picture-perfect town called Seabrook ..." has led to questions about where this place actually is.
To be clear, it is not certain that the entertainment empire means specifically Seabrook, New Hampshire, but despite all the other Seabrooks spread around the U.S., it seems that ours is the only one with its own nuclear power plant. That fact is key to the plot behind the campy kid-centric film released Feb. 16.
"Disney's 'Zombies' is a work of fiction and as such, any names, businesses and locales are from the two screenwriters' imaginations and are used in a fictitious manner," a Disney spokesperson wrote in a statement after being contacted about the reference. "Any resemblance to the many towns named Seabrook is purely coincidental."
According to the show's plot, an accident at the town's nuke plant resulted in the release of a cloud.
"A mysterious green haze changed the fate of the world."
Coming in contact with the cloud turned humans into zombies. Bad enough, but for teens who already have enough on their plates with exams, dating and acne, it proved to be especially problematic — at least in the minds of Disney producers.
Conveniently, the Seabrook zombies have been weened off of brains, thanks to a bracelet they wear that gives "soothing electromagnetic pulses" that keeps zombies from craving craniums.
According to Disney's public relations department, TV movie "is a music and dance filled story set in the fictitious world of Seabrook, a cookie-cutter community brimming with perky conformity, 50 years after a zombie apocalypse. Today, the zombies pose no threat, but are required to live in Zombietown, an isolated, rundown community infused with their unique creative spirit."
The creative spirit leads to lots of funked-up dancing under a seemingly endless neon glow, a known attractant for preteens.
The segregated zombies are finally allowed to attend the local high school (not Winnacunnet) romantic lead Zed the teen zombie connects with cheerleader wannabe Addison.
In the end, the movie champions working together despite differences between the two cliques.
It an ending much appreciated by the majority owner of New Hampshire's Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant, NextEra Energy Resources.
Peter Robbins, generation communications manager for marketing and communication at NextEra, told NH1 on Thursday that he first heard about the Seabrook reference on Twitter.
At least one Seacoast resident picked up on the coincidence.
Lmao they made a Disney Channel Musical about a town called “Seabrook” where a power plant blows up and makes everyone zombies 😅— eve (@everachael1) January 31, 2018
"I tried to take it for what it is. It's clearly something completely fabricated," Robbins said.
He recognized the light-hearted nature of the production.
"It's a very important facility and part of New Hampshire and New England," Robbins said. "Hopefully that, and how they portray the town, is not lost in this made-for-TV movie."
And fear not, Granite Staters. If zombies were to suddenly present themselves as a true threat, officials have a plan. Sort of.
It seems the zombie theme will just not die. What also isn't real, but is equally entertaining, is a Federal Emergency Management Agency press release that used the pop-culture phenomenon of Zombies to promote general preparedness for emergencies of all sorts.
The 2011 press release referenced a Center for Disease Control blog post that used ficticious zombie attack as an impetus to prepare for real emergencies.
The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?”
Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!" according to the release.
It centered on an all-purpose emergency kit that includes first aid supplies.
"Although you're a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane."