I’m sure there was a time when Friday night consisted of a sleepover, popcorn and a good, old-fashioned Disney Channel Original Movie. Unfortunately, some of us have grown out of Disney movies, but there are still the classic flicks we had taped on our VCRs. Take a look at the best DCOMs that you may have forgotten about:
Jump, jump, the house is jumping! Remember Smart House? Ben Cooper and his family win a fully automated dream house in a competition. But then the house, Pat, starts to develop a mind of its own and turns into a human. Highlights include seeing Katey Sagal from Sons of Anarchy in a very different role from the one you may be used to; the house party Ben throws where all the attendants do a choreographed dance; and the song “C’est la Vie” by B*Witched.
High School Musical
Try to recall the time when Zac Efron was just a high school basketball player who wanted to sing, and Vanessa Hudgens was the smart girl he falls in love with. This was the film that started it all. Highlights include Gabriel and Troy’s karaoke session at the beginning of the film and Corbin Bleu’s curls.
When it comes to Disney Channel films, the list will never be complete without Halloweentown. Although there were three sequels to follow, the original was the best. There’s nothing quite like the magical Cromwell family. Highlights include Aggie Cromwell’s never-ending bag and her epic quote, “Being normal is vastly overrated.”
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
After getting in trouble, Zenon, who lives in space, was sent down to Earth and stole our hearts, just like the band boy Protozoa did (zoom, zoom, zoom). Highlights include Raven-Symoné as well as Zenon’s catchphrase, “Zetus Lepetus!”
The Thirteenth Year
This 1999 movie is a Disney classic. It’s about Cody Griffin and his transition into a mermaid (or merman?). Either way, I guarantee you were jealous of his fins. Highlights include Cody’s shimmery scales and amazing beachfront house.
The Even Stevens Movie
Before Shia LaBeouf got really popular, he was Louis on the Disney Channel show Even Stevens. Then, the movie spin-off happened, and you loved the Stevens family even more. The plot line is the family being tricked by a hidden-camera show. Highlights include Ren’s love interest and when Louis “dies.”
When it comes to fierce ladies who go above and beyond to prove they’re just as good, if not better, than the boys, Motocrossed started it all. In this movie, Andrea cuts off all her hair and secretly races in her brother’s place during his injury. Highlights include Andi’s love interest and her beating the boys while wearing neon-green nail polish.
If you’re looking back at some of the most popular DCOMs, Brink is always going to be at the top of everyone’s list, regardless of whether they’re male or female. This movie depicted a fierce rivalry between two skating teams: the Soul-Skaters and Team X-Bladz (Team Soul-Skaters, any day). Highlights include the lead character’s flowing locks and the quote, “We’re Soul-Skaters, we skate for fun.”