I didn’t get Disney Channel until I moved back to the U.S. when I was eight-year-old. I lived my whole life watching Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and I had no idea what I was missing! I watched Disney Channel up until the shows started getting dumb (I mean, I was getting older). I thought that Disney Channel movies weren’t up to par with what they were when I was younger. I really hate that some Disney Channel Original Movies are gone forever because they aren’t sold on DVD. Depressed. Luckily, some play on Disney (super late at night) or you can purchase on eBay.
TRU CONFESSIONS (2002)
This is one of two DCOMs that actually made me cry. That library scene…sobbing. Tru Confessions is about a girl named Tru who dreams of having her own TV show. She has a twin brother named Eddie who has autism, and the movie goes into how his autism affects her everyday life. When Tru gets a chance to enter a contest where the winner gets their own TV show, she enthusiastically jumps at the chance. The movie gives her the opportunity to share her perspective on growing up with an autistic sibling.
THE COLOR OF FRIENDSHIP (2000)
The Color of Friendship is about a white South African girl named Mahree who goes into an exchange program and gets paired with Piper, a black girl living in Washington, D.C. This movie teaches viewers about racial tolerance and friendship.
CADET KELLY (2002)
Hilary Duff is one of my favorite Disney Channel actresses, so I knew I would love this movie. Cadet Kelly is about a girl whose mother gets married to a man who runs a military school. Kelly is forced to attend the military school, but her love of fashion, art and fun cause trouble at her new school.
GET A CLUE (2002)
Confession: I’m a sucker for Lindsay Lohan movies. Plus, this movie also stars a grown-up Bug Hall, the actor who played Alfalfa in Little Rascals. Get a Clue is about a girl who writes the gossip column for her school newspaper. When one of her teachers goes missing, she and her friends ban together to figure out what happened to him.
GOTTA KICK IT UP (2002)
I seriously just love movies with singing and dancing, and this DCOM is no exception. Gotta Kick It Up is about a women who takes a Latina dance group under her wing to lead them to success.
ZENON: GIRL OF THE 21ST CENTURY (1999)
Zenon is a teenage girl living in 2049 in a Earth-orbiting space station. When she gets into trouble, her punishment is to get sent to Earth to temporarily live with her aunt. On Earth, Zenon has trouble fitting in until she meets two guys named Andrew and Greg. She also uncovers a mystery that affects her home in space.
THE OTHER ME (2000)
The Other Me is about a guy named Will who accidentally clones himself when working on a school science project. Of course, this can’t lead to anything good. My favorite scene is when they’re in the cafeteria and everyone is dancing to *NSYNC.
SMART HOUSE (1999)
Anyone around my age who saw Smart House wanted to live in the smart house. The movie is about a guy named Ben whose single dad and little sister all struggle to keep up with with their everyday lives after the death of Ben’s mother. Ben enters a contest to win a smart house, and when he wins the contest, all of their lives change.
Quints is about a girl named Jamie who is an only child and hates all of the attention that her parents give to her. Unexpectedly, Jamie’s parents get pregnant with quintuplets. Now none of the attention is on Jamie, and it’s all about the quints. This is the other DCOM that made me cry.
STEPSISTER FROM PLANET WEIRD (2000)
Megan is a high school teenager who wants her parents to get back together more than anything, but her mom meets a guy named Cosmo Cola and they fall in love. Cosmo has a daughter named Ariel, and even though Megan finds her strange, the kids at school thinks she’s pretty cool. What Megan doesn’t know is that Cosmo and Ariel are both aliens from another planet. Things get a little crazy from there.
Honestly, nearly every Disney Channel Original Movie from 1997 to 2002 could be on this list. Disney Channel just isn’t the same, ya know?
What are some of your favorite DCOMs?