The Disney Channel was the bastion of our 90's childhood, but many of us have forgotten some of the Disney Channel Original movies that made it all happen. Here is a list of the top Disney Channel movies you've probably forgotten all about, but will be glad to see this flash down memory lane.
"Halloweentown" was one of the first Disney Channel original movies, and one of the best. This Disney channel classic tells the tale of Marnie Piper and her journey toward becoming a witch on her 13th birthday, as her mother and grandmother fight over whether she and her brother should be involved in the world of Halloweentown. While the movie may not have amazing special effects or fantastic acting, it represents the best of Disney Channel movies: a great story and imagination that everyone can enjoy. This is one we can always go back to and enjoy again and again, especially around Halloween!
Fun Fact: This hit Disney movie was originally supposed to be a pilot for a TV show. Instead, it's one of everyone's favorite Disney Channel original movies starring soap opera actress Kirsten Storms and the, at the time, up-and-coming Raven Symone. Set in space, this futuristic hit had awesome music, a space station, and a classic kids vs. adults plot. It hits all of our sweet spots for a fantastic film. Zoom zoom zoom, make my heart go boom boom, my supernova girl!
"Smart House" introduced Ryan Merriman to the world of Disney Channel original movies, a world to which he would return in "The Luck of the Irish." "Smart House" is the story of a broken family looking to fix itself, as Ben's (Ryan Merriman's character) mom has died. Ben enters a contest and wins a smart house for his family, but things quickly go awry as Pat (the smart house personality) goes crazy. This movie is fun and clever, and has decent special effects for 1999. A must see!
Hilary Duff in boot camp? What could be better than that! After Hilary Duff's character, Kelly's mom marries Brigadier General Joe "Sir" Maxwell, Kelly has to transfer from art school to her stepfather's military academy. Lots of tension between Kelly and Captain Stone develops and romance ensues with Cadet Major Brad Rigby. There are spinny guns, an unlikely friendship develops between Captain Stone (Christy Carlson Romano) and Cadet Kelly, and fun drill team routines. This movie is fun, exciting, and has the Disney channel stars we know and love!
"The Cheetah Girls" movie was one of Disney's fantastic (and successful) attempts at using a Disney Channel Original movie to launch a franchise and music group simultaneously. The Cheetah Girls, once again starring the ever-popular Raven Symone, is the story of four girls who go to a performing arts school in Manhattan who get signed and make it big. Of course, the friends run into issues and drama ensues, but that's what makes this movie so much fun. This movie has catchy music, teenage excitement, and dance numbers galore. Always worth re-watching.
One of the first animated Disney Channel Original movies, as well as one of the first based off of an existing TV show, this film was extremely popular. Starring Christy Carlson Romano and Raven Symone (once again, this girl's in everything), this movie involves time-traveling villains, monkeys, action, mole rats, and just about everything you would expect from a Kim Possible movie. Definitely one of our favorites.
The last movie on this list may not be the most popular Disney Channel Original movie out there, but it's one of our favorites. Starring Ricky Ullman from "Phil of the Future," "Pixel Perfect" is about a hologram dancer who becomes so much more. Loretta Modern, created by Ricky Ullman's character, Roscoe, is a sentient hologram who dances in The Zetta Bytes, Roscoe's band. The story is full of distress, trust, love, and existential questions. But it's super fun and has some great music. A must-watch whether you've seen it before or not.
These Disney Channel Original movies are positively classics for 90's kids and should be watched by everyone, so go to the Disney Channel and DVR them or buy these bad boys on DVD ASAP!