5 of the Best Disney Channel Movies of All Time
5. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century is one of the most memorable Disney Channel movies ever released because it may have just predicted the invention of the iPad. In one particular scene, Zenon is using a tablet to video-chat with her best friend, Nebula (played a young Raven-Symoné).
But it wasn’t just the foretelling that made this movie so popular, it was its underlying theme that made a lot of people relate to the film as well. When Zenon was sent to Earth, she was ridiculed for her looks and eccentric taste, but despite the bullying, she still managed to prove that she’s just like everyone else.
4. Johnny Tsunami (1999)
Johnny Kapahala was a hero for almost every nineties kids out there. He looked undeniably cool, and he had even cooler uncle to match. But apparently, when Johnny was whisked away from the sandy beaches of Hawaii to Vermont, he was an outcast among the kids his age. Like all protagonists of Disney Channel movies, Johnny was eventually able to fight against the odds and prove his peers wrong by conquering the alps and getting the girl.
3. Brink! (1998)
Another likable character in the Disney Channel universe was Andy “Brink” Brinker, audiences even find themselves continuously rooting for Andy despite his weakest moments—and it’s mostly because Soul Skaters were undeniably one of the coolest squads of the late nineties. The entire film also held a valuable lesson: do what you love and you’ll find success in your own way.
2. High School Musical (2006)
Collectively, the High School Musical series is a classic on its own despite the somehow generic story. Here we have Troy, a star basketball player, meets Gabriella, the new girl and resident braniac. The two meet, and as expected, they fall in love. But it isn’t the plot that placed High School Musical so high on this list, it’s the musical production. High School Musical has delivered some of the most iconic songs of the decade, and it’s made a star out of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale.
1. Halloweentown (1998)
Halloweentown has all the right Disney elements—it has magic, slight romance, and more importantly, family values as its main themes.
The story revolves around Marnie, who grows up in a normal household and leads a rather redundant life. Things start to shake up when Marnie discovers that her grandmother’s stories about a magical land called Halloweentown are true and that it actually exists, so she sets on a journey to uncover the truth behind its existence.
Ever since its release, Halloweentown has been shown every October on Disney Channel to the point that it has become a tradition. To add to its success, the movie has spanned two sequels, which were almost just as good as its predecessor.