The movie was released in October 2008 and on DVD in February 2009. The movie is listed in the genre of a comedy, family, drama, musical and performing arts. The rating is G and the run time as a wide screen movie at the theater was one hour and forty-nine minutes. The movie was a Walt Disney Production that came into the theaters right before the holidays of 2008. The 2008 holidays provided movie based game system games, a sing-a-long version of the musical, youth bedding, and figurines to be purchased at many name brand stores.
The movie director and executive producer was Kenny Ortega along with producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush. The screenwriter for the movie was Peter Barsocchini. The movie cast consisted of; Zac Efron as Troy Bolton , Bart Johnson as Coach Jack Bolton, Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez, Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans, Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans, Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth and Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie.
The movie setting is at the high school were the basketball team the Wildcats are the senior class. The high school senior especially Troy, who is one of the leading basketball players for the Wildcats and has to choose what college to go to after graduation. Troy has a basketball scholarship but his heart is still with the brainy and talented Gabriella. Gabriella after graduation will be attending a different college than Troy in the fall. Gabriella and Troy are having trouble accepting the idea of being separated from one another while at college. The senior class and the Wildcats decide that a musical production will help address the fears, their dreams and hopes for what the future will hold for all of them. The senior class has some doubts about leaving the high school life behind.
The buzz about Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron's relationship began on E! but by Monday afternoon, everyone knew the Disney duo had ended their nearly 4-year relationship. The couple met in 2005 and co-starred in the popular High School Musical franchise which made them idols among the teen and pre-teen crowd. They revealed in 2007 that they were a couple. They haven't co-starred since the final movie in the High School Musical franchise was released in 2008.