Top Ten Disney Channel Original Movies
Disney Channel has some pretty good original movies. While they aren’t works of art or Inception, they can make you laugh and make you cry. While I’m not saying that all of the Disney Channel movies are wonderful (I’m looking at you, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars) but there are a few standouts.
The first Disney Channel movie was in 1997 called Northern Lights. Since then, there have been 96 films, including one that was released July 19, 2013. The films have ranged from emotional dramas, to comedies to even a few musicals. The Disney Channel hasn’t shown as many new original movies because, in 2013, only one has been made.
Below are the top ten original movies.
10. ’Read it and Weep’ (2006)
Winning a writing contest and becoming an overnight celebrity doesn’t seem that bad. But, in this Disney film it is. It tells the story of a high school girl how has her journal go viral. It’s fun to see her break apart and then put all the pieces together.
9. ’Cadet Kelly’(2002)
It’s your typical story. Girl goes from glam to grunge. Kelly’s mother gets married to a military man and Kelly is sent to Military School. Her adventures there lead her to new friends, a new attitude and being closer to her family.
8. ’Don’t Look Under The Bed’ (1999)
When I was a kid, I could only watch this movie when the lights were on and I was not lying on the bed. No matter how scared I was, I still couldn’t wait to see it when the movie was on. When writing this, I rewatched it and while I am not as scared as I was as a kid- I will not be looking under my bed tonight.
7. ’Smart House’ (1999)
A robotic house? What could go wrong? (Everything.)
6. ’Get A Clue’(2002)
Once upon a time, before the drugs and trips to rehab, Lindsey Lohan was the cute read head with the passion for acting. In Get A Clue LiLo and Brenda Song solve the mystery of the missing/presumed dead teacher and whether or not he stole money. Through investigative journalism (and a few nifty pieces of spyware) the two solved the case.
5. ’Pixel Perfect’ (2004)
Ever wanted to start a super good band? Instead of holding auditions, you should just make hologram singers who are pretty and have the voice of an angel. No big deal.
4. ’The Color of Friendship’ (2000)
This film, by far, is the most touching film that Disney Channel has ever made. It is about a girl who gets an exchange student from South Africa. The exchange student ends up being white and that has a rift in the African American girl’s excitement. It teaches acceptance.
3. ‘Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century’ (1999)
This was a pretty cool movie and pretty unique for the time. A girl on a space ship escapes to come to earth to find her favorite pop star- that is a plot line worthy of a top ten list.
Zenon became a trilogy staring Kristen Storm. In each film, Zenon went on an adventure that was incredibly high tech. Rewatching it as an adult made me realize how good the movie actually was. When you’re a kid, just watching someone in outer space is cool. Watching it as an adult, shows you how good the movie actually is.
2. ’High School Musical’ (2006)
The High School Musical series is and was one of the most watched original movies on the channel. The music tells us the love story of jock Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and the beautiful brainac Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) and their troubles with having friends accept them and even normal problems such as whether they can stay together after college.
The Disney movie was so popular that the third movie of the series was even shown in theaters. While some of the stars of the film haven’t quite made the jump to true stardom, Hudgens, Efron and Ashley Tisdale (who played evil Sharpay) have all been in films. Tisdale was recently seen in Scary Movie 5. Efron has been seen in various films such as The Paperboy. Hudgens was in Spring Breakers and will be in the new film The Frozen Ground.
1. ’Halloweentown’ (1998)
Picking a number one original movie was tough. There are so many to choose from and most (some) are pretty good. To say that I didn’t enjoy wanting trailers for all of them would be a lie. But, Halloweentown is a classic. The film didn’t have big names to make it good. It was just a good story with a fun plot. There wasn’t a lesson at the end. It just summed up Halloween.
Halloweentown follows the story of Marnie Piper and her journey as she realizes that she is a witch. There is her grandmother Aggie, who is a witch as well, and her mother Gwen, who doesn’t want Marnie to be a witch. Halloweentown had four sequels, including one that replaced Marnie.
The original Halloweentown is the best out of the four and the number one original Disney Channel movie.
Which is your favorite? Or is there one not on the list that you absolutely love? Comment below.