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A.N.T Farm aired from June 2011 until March 2014 On The Disney Channel.
Musical prodigy Chyna Sparks (China Anne McClain) is excited to be
starting high school ahead of schedule, thanks to her place in the
prestigious Advanced Natural Talents (A.N.T.) program, but she quickly
learns that when you're 11, rubbing elbows with more seasoned teens
isn't all it's cracked up to be. While most of the students merely
tolerate the A.N.T.s, a few of them -- like popularity queen Lexi
(Stefanie Scott) -- go out of their way to make the A.N.T.s' existence
miserable. Chyna's older brother Cameron's (Carlon Jeffery) lack of
enthusiasm over having his talented little sister on his turf
complicates their relationship as well. But when the going gets tough,
Chyna can count on her new A.N.T. Farm friends, Olive (Sierra
McCormick) and Fletcher (Jake Short), to have her back.
A Review from variety
Series, Disney Channel; Fri., June 17, 8:30 p.m.
Filmed on location in Los Angeles, by It's a Laugh Prods. Executive producers, Dan Signer, Stephen Engel; co-executive producer, Jeny Quine; associate producers, Chris Arrington, Frank Sackett; producer, Julie Tsutsui; writer, Quine; director, Bob Koherr.
Camera, Alan Walker; editor, Jim Miley; music, Kenneth Burgomaster; casting, Brandi Brice Pollock & Dana Gergely. Running time: 30 MIN.
Chyna Parks - China Anne McClain
Olive Doyle - Sierra McCormick
Fletcher Quimby - Jake Short
Lexi Reed - Stefanie Scott
Cameron Parks - Carlon Jeffery
Given its star-making track record, the brand's success rate surpasses that of "American Idol." "A.N.T. Farm" is just such a vehicle, though this time, the model feels a bit rusty.
Actress-singer China Anne McClain is the latest tween to get the Disney Channel star treatment, which starts with a goofy, slapstick series and, in the cases of Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Hilary Duff, has added musicvideos, a clothing/toy line, an eye toward made-for-TV/movie deals and a future option for personal scandal. Still given its star-making track record, the brand's success rate surpasses that of American Idol. A.N.T. Farm is just such a vehicle, though this time, the model feels a bit rusty.
Though it hardly reflects the U.S. educational system, arts in the schools are thriving according to television, and here provide a haven for precocious, talented and extremely lucky kids like Chyna Parks (McClain), who's part of the Advanced Natural Talents program (A.N.T.) that promotes young geniuses into high school.
As if the academic environment weren't competitive enough, 11-year-old Chyna, budding artist Fletcher (Jake Short) and the spazzy but brilliant Olivia (Sierra McCormick) are thrown into a social snake pit with the deck stacked against them. They can't even make it down the hall without getting caught in a fast-moving current of much bigger students. Chyna's older brother Cameron (Carlon Jeffery), trying to make a name for himself with the right people, isn't happy about his much younger and more talented sister invading his turf. He and head cheerleader Lexi (Stefanie Scott), also jealous of Chyna's talent, make life rough on the assorted A.N.T.'s, who hide out in a room they call the farm with various other oddballs, including a child-like guidance counselor with questionable qualifications.
Like most shows of this kind, parents and adults are inept, and the kids are the only ones with any savvy. Headstrong Chyna helps her friends to break out of their farm and into real high-school world experiences. The problem is, the reality of high school these days is so brutal that A.N.T. Farm's fish-out-of-water thrust comes across as pure fantasy and fluff.
McClain, known best for House of Payne and stints on Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place, is perfectly appealing with a knack for comedic timing. She and co-stars McCormick and Short play off of their characters well and pull off some pretty impressive sight gags. To his credit, show creator Dan Signer ( The Suite Life on Deck ) knows what makes kids laugh, and seem devoted to the idea that if it ain't broke, don''t fix it.
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUBoR6aKA7E
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