The film's protagonist, young Mickey Matson (Derek Brandon), discovers a map encoded upon a Petoskey stone left to him by his late Grandpa Jack (Christopher Lloyd). The adventure, taking Mickey Matson and Sully Braginton (Francesca DeRosa) from one clue to the next as they summon the courage to prevent the destruction of home and country. Plot development includes flashback scenes to the Lincoln presidential era and the Civil War.Derek Brandon as Mickey Matson (known for Rodeo Girl)
Francesca DeRosa as Sully Braginton
Patrika Darbo as Grams
Christopher Lloyd as Grandpa Jack
Ernie Hudson as Ivan Stumpwater
Lee Arenberg as Billy Lee
Frank Drank as Jeremiah
Kevin Yon as Buckshot Plindenberg
Rick Plummer as Stalwart Priggish III
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy is a coming of age film, complete with suspense, drama, comedic relief and Civil War references. The film's primary artifact is a Petoskey stone, which is also the state stone of Michigan.Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy was approved for a Michigan film industry incentive award.
Primarily filmed at 10 West Studios in Manistee, Michigan, location landmarks in Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy include the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee and White Pine Village in Ludington.
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy held a red carpet premier on May 10, 2012 at the Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
For the DVD release on July 16, 2013, WalMart retailing personnel suggested changing the film name to The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, advising that the term, "Treasure" would be more clearly understood by younger viewers than the term, "Conspiracy". It was also suggested, "The Adventures of..." be added to the title for higher visibility, keying on the word "Adventure" would categorize the film under "A" in digital listings. The film's writer and producer, Harold Cronk commented, "...We’re not arrogant enough to think we know more than the largest retailer on the planet Earth. We like to work with people. We think it’s going to be a great partnership.”
The Dove Foundation, gives Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy a four Dove rating, the film is "Dove Family-Approved, Suitable for all ages". ChristianCinimea.com movie reviewer, Edwin L. Carpenter writes:
WZZM 13 ABC published a review from BoxOfficeMom.com, giving Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy a four and a half out of five "buckets", with some violent content: A bank robbery, gunshots are fired without casualties, slapstick violence such as hot-sauce thrown in a bad guy's face and two suspense scenes that may scare younger viewers.
Composer Will Musser provided the score for Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy including three titled works. Sara Niemietz, Edgar Struble, and Tom Stype wrote the song, "Never On My Own". Engineered, mixed and mastered by Luke Rangel, Sara Niemietz performed "Never On My Own" for the closing credits.
There is a planned sequel to the movie called "Pirate's code". Mickey Matson and his friend Sully must fight the evil Admiral Ironsides, who is intent on destroying the world with a new weapon of mass destruction.