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It’s that time again. The time where we go back in time to discuss the beauty that was Disney Channel in the 2000s and early 2010s. I listed iconic Halloween episodes and holiday episodes but now it’s time to talk about DCOMs (Disney Channel Original Movies). Today, I want to list my top 10 favorite DCOMs. Let’s get started.
Here are my top 10 favorite DCOMs.
10. Jump In! (2007)
In the 10th spot, we have Jump In! Jump In! premiered on Disney Channel in 2007. The premise follows Izzy (Corbin Bleu) who’s pressured to follow his Dad’s dreams of him becoming a boxer. This changes once Izzy’s friend Mary (Keke Palmer) is in need of a team member on her double dutch team when another drops out. Izzy is forced to choose whether he should live out his Dad’s dream or his own.
This is definitely one of the most underrated DCOMs ever. I love the story because it’s something that a lot of us can relate to. Many of our parents pressure us to follow in their footsteps rather than having us follow our own footsteps. I love the characters. The chemistry between Corbin Bleu and Keke Palmer is so good.
9. Princess Protection Program (2009)
In the 9th spot, we have Princess Protection Program. Princess Protection Program premiered on Disney Channel in 2009. The premise follows a young princess (Demi Lovato) who must relocate to Wisconsin when her kingdom is threatened. There she lives with an agent and his daughter (Selena Gomez) and must learn how to act like a normal teenage girl.
Remember when Selena and Demi were best friends? Those were good times. If you were a fan of their friendship, I’m betting you screamed when you heard that they were going to star in their own DCOM together. Just me? Okay. Well, I love this movie. It makes you want to be a princess and stand up for what you believe in.
8. High School Musical (2006)
In the 8th spot, we have High School Musical. High School Musical premiered on Disney Channel in 2006. The premise follows two teenagers, Troy and Gabriella (Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens), have a chance encounter at a New Years Eve party. When Troy returns to school, he finds that Gabriella transferred there. The two audition for the spring musical but they create a balance with their other priorities, basketball and the academic decathlon.
The original HSM movie is iconic. There’s no denying it. The reason why it’s lower on my list is because there are other DCOMs that I like more. We’re All In This Together has to be one of the most iconic musical numbers in musical movie history. I’m usually not a huge musical fan but I adore the HSM trilogy series.
7. Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006)
In the 7th spot, we have Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior. Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior premiered on Disney Channel in 2006. The premise follows a teenage girl, Wendy (Brenda Song), who seems to have it all until a monk from China, Shen (Shin Koyamada) tells her that she’s a reincarnated warrior who must defeat an evil Chinese dragon.
Here we go again with another underrated DCOM. It was cool to see Brenda Song the star of her own DCOM and a character so opposite of London Tipton. The story is interesting and most of the characters are very likable. I love Brenda and Shin’s chemistry in this movie.
6. Twitches Too (2007)
In the 6th spot, we have Twitches Too. Twitches Too premiered on Disney Channel in 2007. The premise follows twin witches, Alex and Cameron (Tia and Tamera Mowry), as they discover that their biological father may be alive but a familiar darkness seeks to ruin their search.
I have always preferred the sequel to the original. I don’t know why because I actually love the original but the sequel has my heart. Seeing Alex and Cameron grown up and maturing was so refreshing to see considering I was 9 when this came out. I’m older than they were in the movie now. I love the story so much and the bond between Tia and Tamera is so strong.
5. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)
In the 5th spot, we have Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge premiered on Disney Channel in 2001. The premise follows Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown) and her grandmother Aggie (Debbie Reynolds) race against time to get Aggie’s beloved spell book back before an evil warlock wreaks havoc on the mortal world using it to change all mortals into creatures.
This is not only one of my favorite Halloween DCOMs but one of my favorite DCOMs in general. As a kid, it terrified me. Rewatching it as adult gives you a different perspective. I love that Sophie and Dylan play a bigger role in this film versus the original. The fact that Kimberly J. Brown and Daniel Kountz reconnected, started dating, and are now engaged warms my heart.
4. Minutemen (2008)
In the 4th spot, we have Minutemen. Minutemen premiered on Disney Channel in 2008. The premise follows three teenagers, Virgil (Jason Dolley), Charlie (Luke Benward), and Zeke (Nicholas Braun) who create a time machine to save fellow students from embarrassing situations. Unfortunately, traveling back in time comes with consequences. Once a black hole opens, the Feds go after the boys.
Here we go again with another underrated DCOM. I absolutely love this movie. I love anything that has to do with time travel. I like that the movie’s protagonists were outcasts because I feel like a lot of DCOMs followed popular kids. I could relate to Virgil, Charlie, and Zeke in that sense.
3. High School Musical 2 (2007)
In the 3rd spot, we have High School Musical 2. High School Musical 2 premiered on Disney Channel in 2007. The premise follows the wildcats as they are on summer break at the Lava Springs Country Club where they have jobs and encounter obstacles that will make or break friendships and relationships.
We’re almost at the finish line. If you ever want to watch a DCOM that will put you in a good mood and get you into the summer spirit, HSM 2 is the way to go. The sequel has always been my favorite out of the HSM trilogy series. I love the story so much and the vibes are immaculate. There are so many iconic songs and scenes.
2. The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006)
In the 2nd spot, we have The Cheetah Girls 2. The Cheetah Girls 2 premiered on Disney Channel in 2006. The premise follows Galleria (Raven-Symoné), Chanel (Adrienne Bailon), Dorinda (Sabrina Bryan), and Aqua (Kiely Williams) as they embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Barcelona, Spain to perform at the Barcelona Music Festival.
Guess what? You’ve made it to my top 2 now. This movie takes me back to my childhood. This is my favorite one out of the trilogy series. I love the vibes, the story, and to see the girls in a different environment and acting like young adults was interesting. I think it’s also because Kenny Ortega directed it. He has this calculated way of placing the musical aspects and the acting bits so well to the point where it feels so seamless.
1. Lemonade Mouth (2011)
In the 1st spot, we have Lemonade Mouth. Lemonade Mouth premiered on Disney Channel in 2011. The premise follows Stella (Hayley Kiyoko), Olivia (Bridgit Mendler), Mo (Naomi Scott), Wen (Adam Hicks), and Charlie (Blake Michael). These five teenagers form band while they’re in detention to compete against a popular band.
If you asked my what favorite DCOM of all time is, I would answer Lemonade Mouth in a heartbeat. This movie has everything. A group of outcasts coming together to create change. It also hones in on each character’s home life which I think is pretty rare. Of course we can’t forget about the soundtrack. She’s So Gone is my jam. It always pumps me up and makes me feel like I can conquer anything. I love the message and the characters were all relatable.
Time to Wrap It Up
There we have it. My top 10 favorite DCOMs. I had such a blast writing this. Don’t worry, more features will be added to Nostalgia Central soon.
I grew up on Disney Channel so expect more Disney Channel related pieces.
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