The Zombies franchise consists of three musical adventure-comedy films directed by Paul Hoen, two Disney Channel Original Movies and one film that premiered on Disney+ before airing on Disney Channel. Written by David Light and Joseph Raso, the series began with Zombies (2018) and has continued on, with the most recent movie being Zombies 3 (2022). The franchise follows Zed, a zombie, and Addison, a human cheerleader, as they fall in love and fight for acceptance in monsters. The franchise has received the most critical acclaim and popularity of any of Disney's most recent properties yet, and has become one of Disney Channel's highest rated film series to date. The franchise stars Milo Manheim as Zed and Meg Donnelly as Addison. Zombies premiered on Disney Channel on February 16, 2018, Zombies 2 premiered on Disney Channel on February 14, 2020, and Zombies 3 premiered on Disney+ on July 15, 2022 before airing on Disney Channel on August 12, 2022. It was originally meant to be a television series titled Zombies and Cheerleaders, but it was never developed or have ever aired, and was instead remade as the film Zombies.[citation needed]

Original workZombies and Cheerleaders
by David Light and Joseph Raso
OwnerDisney Channel
Walt Disney Television
Films and television
Animated seriesZombies: The Re-animated Series (2024)
Television short(s)Zombies: Addison's Moonstone Mystery (2020–present)
Television film(s)Zombies (2018)
Zombies 2 (2020)
Zombies 3 (2022)
Zombies 4: Dawn of the Vampires (2025)
Directed byPaul Hoen
Produced byMary Pantelidis
Written by
  • David Light
  • Joseph Raso
Music by
  • Robert Drinkmann (1)
  • Rudolf Blahacek (2)
  • Christian Herrera (3)
  • Carlos González (4)
Edited by
  • Lisa Jane Robison (1)
  • Lisa Binkley (2 and 3)

Film series


Zombies (2018)


Students from Zombietown transfer to Seabrook High, a school whose suburban town is filled with uniformity, traditions and pep rallies. When Zombie football player Zed and human cheerleader Addison fall in love, chaos ensues, and the two must lead their groups' to coexistence with each other.

In May 2017, Zombies was reported to have begun production.[1] Its trailer was released on January 5, 2018.[2] Zombies was released on February 16, 2018. The film was watched by 2.6 million viewers on its premiere night.[3][4]

Zombies 2 (2020)


Zed and Addison have continued to steer both their school and community toward unity. However, the arrival of the werewolves complicates their relationship.

In early 2019, a sequel to Zombies was in production, with the actors, director and writer returning.[5] Pearce Joza, Chandler Kinney, and Ariel Martin joined the cast with Kylee Russell, Trevor Tordjman, Carla Jeffery, James Godfrey, and Kingston Foster reprising their roles from the first film.[6] The film was released on February 14, 2020, watched by 2.5 million viewers[7] and received positive reviews.

Zombies 3 (2022)


Seabrook's humans, zombies, and werewolves coexist. Being this is senior year at Seabrook's high school for Zed and Addison, the former is looking to become the first zombie admitted into higher education with a football scholarship, and the latter is in the final stages of preparing to open a new cheerleading pavilion and host a competition consisting of cheer teams from around the world. Meanwhile, aliens arrive at Seabrook, whose leaders A-Spen, A-Li, and A-Lan initially claiming they are interested in spectating the cheer competition Addison organized.

In late-March 2021, Disney Channel green-lit Zombies 3 with Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim returning to star.[8] Paul Hoen was also reported to be returning as director as well as David Light and Joseph Raso as writers.[9] Light, Raso and Suzanne Farwell will executive produce.[10][11] On May 19, 2021, Matt Cornett, Kyra Tantao and Terry Hu joined the cast as A-Lan, A-Li and A-Spen.[12] Chandler Kinney, Pearce Joza, Ariel Martin, Trevor Tordjman, Carla Jeffery, Kylee Russell, James Godfrey and Kingston Foster were reported to be reprising their roles. Production began on May 31, 2021.[13] In May 2022, it was announced that RuPaul would be voicing the mothership. It was also announced that the film would premiere on July 15, 2022 on Disney+ as an original film, with an extended version premiering on Disney Channel on August 12.[14]

Zombies 4: Dawn of the Vampires (2025)


In February 2024, Disney Branded Television greenlit Zombies 4, with Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim reprising their roles and are also set to executive produce the film. Chandler Kinney and Kylee Russell were also set to return for the film. Additionally, Freya Skye and Malachi Barton join the cast as new characters, Nova and Victor, respectively. Paul Hoen returns to direct, with David Light, Joseph Raso, and Josh Cagan writing the film. Hoen, Light, Raso, Jane Fleming, and Mark Ordesky will also serve as executive producers. Mahita P. Simpson will co-executive produce the film. Production is set to begin in March 2024 in New Zealand.[15] In March 2024, Swayam Bhatia, Julian Lerner, Mekonnen Knife, Lisa Chappell, and Jonno Roberts joined the cast.[16]

Television series


Zombies: Addison's Moonstone Mystery / Zombies: Addison's Monster Mystery


On October 16, 2020, Zombies: Addison's Moonstone Mystery, a series of animated shorts, began airing on Disney Channel. The story revolves around Addison (Meg Donnelly) who journeys through a mysterious dreamscape to find her true identity.[17] The series was renewed for a second season with its new title, Addison’s Monster Mystery, which premiered on October 1, 2021.

Zombies: The Re-animated Series


In June 2022, during the Annecy Film Festival, it was reported that an animated series, titled Zombies: The Re-animated Series, is being developed by Disney Television Animation for Disney+ and Disney Channel. Descendants: Wicked World creator and director Aliki Theofilopoulos and Amphibia story editor Jack Ferriolo will serve as creators and showrunners. The duo will also executive-produce the series alongside Gary Marsh and the films' writers Joseph Russo and David Light.[18][19] Zombies: The Re-animated Series Shorts premiered on July 21, 2023 on Disney Channel,[20] with the full series set to premiere on June 28, 2024.[15]


Year Film Director Producer Writers Composer(s) Cinematographers Editor
2018 Zombies Paul Hoen Mary Pantelidis David Light and Joseph Raso George S. Clinton Robert Drinkmann Lisa Jane Robinson
2020 Zombies 2 George S. Clinton and Amit May Cohen Rudolf Blahacek Lisa Binkley
2022 Zombies 3 Christian Herrera
2025 Zombies 4: Dawn of the Vampires TBA Carlos González TBA


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Character Films Television series
Zombies Zombies 2 Zombies 3 Zombies 4: Dawn of the Vampires Zombies: Addison's Moonstone Mystery Zombies: The Re-animated Series
2018 2020 2022 2025 2020–2021 2024–present
Zed Necrodopolis Milo Manheim
Addison Wells Meg Donnelly
Bucky Buchanan Trevor Tordjman Trevor Tordjman
Eliza Zambi Kylee Russell
Bree Carla Jeffery Carla Jeffery
Zoey Necrodopolis Kingston Foster
Bonzo James Godfrey James Godfrey
Ms. Lee Naomi Snieckus
Coach Jonathan Langdon
Dale Wells Paul Hopkins
Missy Wells Marie Wards
Zevon Necrodopolis Tony Nappo
Lacey Emilia McCarthy
Stacey Jasmine Renee Thomas
Tracey Mickeey Nguyen
Willa Lykensen Chandler Kinney
Wyatt Lykensen Pearce Joza Pearce Joza
Wynter Barkowitz Ariel Martin Ariel Martin
Kevin "Jacey" Noah Zulfikar
A-Lan Matt Cornett
A-Li Kyra Tantao
A-Spen Terry Hu Terry Hu
The Mothership RuPaulV
Angie Sheila McCarthy
Nova Freya Skye
Victor Malachi Barton
Vera Swayam Bhatia
Ray Julian Lerner
Vargas Mekonnen Knife



Reception for the films have generally been positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, Zombies 2 has an approval rating of 100% based on 5 reviews, with an average score of 7.4/10,[21] while Zombies 3 has an approval rating of 80% based on 5 reviews, with an average score of 7.8/10.[22]


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