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Under Wraps is a 1997 American Made-for-TV Movie. It is considered the first official Disney Channel Original Movie.

Around Halloween, 3 friends, Marshall (Mario Yedidia), Gilbert (Adam Wylie) and Amy (Clara Bryant), find a sarcophagus containing a mummy. As fate would have it, it comes alive because of a conjunction of the moonlight during the time of the month. They befriend and name the mummy Harold (Bill Fagerbakke). They then need to protect Harold from being kidnapped and sold while also trying to reunite it with his old love.

A remake aired on Disney Channel on October 1st, 2021, followed by the premiere of The Ghost and Molly McGee.


The movie contains examples of:

  • Batman in My Basement: The three friends hide a reanimated mummy in Marshall's bedroom. This is where his obsession with horror film memorabilia comes in handy.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Harold is a nice mummy, as nice as they come. But if you threaten his friends, you answer to him!
  • Butt-Monkey: Harold is a rather clumsy, so he keeps getting into accidents and having Amusing Injuries.
  • Celestial Deadline: Harold is only brought back to life for a single week due to the moonlight shining on his amulet at the right time. If he isn't returned to his sarcophagus by midnight on Halloween he will cease to exist.
  • Character Development:
    • Throughout the movie, Gilbert steadily learns to overcome his cowardly tendencies, due in part to hanging out with Harold.
    • Marshall also starts to regard Harold as more than a monster-novelty, but a person who had a history and a life.
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  • Chummy Mummy: The mummy is actually non-threatening and friendly towards the kids that befriend him.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Amy tells how Mr. Kubot was found dead covered in pancake batter, Gilbert figures "Wow, killed by pancake batter, what a way to go."
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being an undead mummy, Harold is decidedly not evil. In fact, he is rather clumsy.
  • Disappeared Dad: Marshall's parents divorced years before the start of the movie, so it's no surprise his dad doesn't appear on-screen.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Or at least, mention of something sexy. When Gilbert accuses Amy that she too wears embarrassing pajamas, she snarks "I don't wear pajamas, I sleep in the nude." Gilbert just stares at her dazedly until he crashes his bike.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Marshall and Gilbert get one in the same scene, acting as a foil for their personalities. Whilst Marshall is fascinated with watching "Warthead IV", Gilbert is too scared of it, to the point he remains outside the theater for the remainder of the picture show.
    • Mr. Kubot is introduced in the flesh when Marshall has Gilbert try to confront him for money he owes the latter for being his paperboy. When he so much as begins to ask for the money, Mr. Kubot steps aside to reveal an attack dog he keeps. And he sics his dog on the boys, who thankfully outrun it when it runs as far as its leash will go. If one has any ideas that Mr. Kubot is just a misunderstood old man, then those ideas are long dead.
    • Ted, in comparison, is shown to be a genuinely nice guy who tries to be supportive, offering Marshall and his mother could all have ice cream and have a conversation about the "Warthead" movie he saw tonight.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: In-Universe, Marshall has to spell it out to Gilbert that of course "Warthead IV" is going to be scary and gruesome because it's a horror movie, not a feel-good movie.
    Marshall: It's a horror movie. What do you think happens in horror movies? Horrible things!
  • Fake-Out Opening: The movie opens with a family being attacked by a gross monster, then it's revealed the three friends are actually at the movie theatre watching a horror film.
  • Foreshadowing: Mr. Kubot didn't threaten Gilbert or Marshall with his attack dog until the latter mention money that he owed the former for delivering his paper. This comes up later when it turns out Mr. Kubot faked his death in order to hide from the IRS.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Given Harold is from ancient Egypt, it's only natural that he's new to the modern era.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In-Universe. In "Warthead IV", as the titular monster is about to gouge a father's face, we cut to the audience in the movie theater as they react to the spectacle.
  • High Priest: In life Harold was one of these, and very much in love with his queen. But because of his position he had to remain celibate his entire life and the two could never be together.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Harold's shenanigans at the hospital, especially when the staff mistakenly believe he's a patient there.
  • Innocently Insensitive: A little boy comments that Harold's mummy face is pretty ugly-looking. The boy's mother (who hasn't even seen Harold) chides him and reminds him that some people are "special". To this, the boy responds that Harold is "extra special".
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Harold isn't evil or dangerous, at least on purpose due to his clumsy nature. He only wants to be reunited with his lost love and is genuinely confused and somewhat frightened of the modern world.
  • Noodle Incident: According to the conversation between the gang, Gilbert's mom once took her doll collection to the movies and bought them popcorn.
    Gilbert: [defensively] Once! She only did it once!
  • Parent with New Paramour: Marshall doesn't get along with his stepfather Ted, despite him being a Nice Guy and is shown to resent him replacing his father.
  • Potty Emergency: Of sorts. Upon reawakening from the dead, Harold chases the gang around the house, before he sees a toilet and it dawns on him. He shuts the bathroom door behind him, and the next thing we hear is the mummy relieving himself.
    Gilbert: Man, that mummy had to go.
  • Proscenium Reveal: The film opens with a scene where a man gets attacked by a creature, and just as he's about to be killed, the scene cuts back to the reveal the main characters are actually at the movie theatre and they were just watching a horror film.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: Marshall starts out pretty disillusioned with the concept of true love, given he (and his friends alike) have parents who are either divorced or hate each other. But after seeing that Harold and his queen's love has lasted thousands of years, even in death, he's willing to believe that his mother and Ted deserve to be together.
  • Ridiculously Alive Undead: When Harold the mummy is awakened, he chases the gang until he comes across a bathroom. He goes inside to use it and the others hear him peeing.
    Gilbert: Man, that mummy had to go.
  • Rip Van Tinkle: Upon reawakening from the dead, Harold chases the gang around the house, before he sees a toilet and it dawns on him. He shuts the bathroom door behind him, and the next thing we hear is the mummy relieving himself.
    Gilbert: Man, that mummy had to go.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Harold was in love with his queen, who returned his affection. But the problem was, Harold was a high-priest, and so he had to remain celibate. As much as they loved each other, they could never be together.
  • Status Quo Is God: Although Marshall and Amy's relationship grows throughout the story (to the point that they look their best for an outing in the end), they go back to their old snarky ways. Gilbert is relieved by this.