Disney Channel Original Movies You Somehow Forgot About

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Vote up your favorite TV movies you totally forgot about.

From the catchy intro to their perfectly groomed casts of wholesome stars, there was just something special about Disney Channel original movies. Everyone has an opinion on the best Disney Channel original movies - maybe you're a fan of High School Musical, or perhaps you longed for the candy-colored future of Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. But what about the forgotten Disney Channel originals?

Disney Channel produced and distributed a surprising number of movies; dozens have aired since the first films premiered in 1997. Chances are you've forgotten a few of these obscure Disney Channel movies. Remember Motocrossed, or Pixel Perfect? How about Rip Girls?

These movies taught viewers about friendships, perseverance, and the struggles of puberty. They made kids excited to be teens. These movies might not have been ratings smashes, but these Disney Channel original movies you forgot deserve some love, too.


  • The Thirteenth Year
    Video: YouTube

    The 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie The Thirteenth Year serves as a gentle reminder to tweens that puberty could be way worse. After Cody Griffin turns 13, strange things start happening to him. He can generate electricity and climb up walls, and he becomes covered with scales when he is in water. Eventually, Cody discovers the truth: his birth mother was a mermaid, and he's turning into a merman.

    • Actors: Chez Starbuck, Justin Jon Ross, Courtnee Draper, Brent Briscoe, Tim Redwine
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Duwayne Dunham
    1,022 votes

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    956 VOTES
    Video: YouTube

    Basically the Mulan of extreme sports, Motocrossed made every girl feel empowered in 2001. Andrea Carson and her twin brother both love motocross, but her father will not let her participate seriously because of her gender. When her brother gets injured and cannot compete, Andrea starts racing instead, pretending to be her brother. As a nod to the era, everyone in this movie had spiky hair and was totally x-treme.

    • Actors: Alana Austin, Mary-Margaret Humes, Trever O'Brien, Timothy Carhart, Scott Terra
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Steve Boyum
    956 votes

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    822 VOTES
    Double Teamed
    Video: YouTube

    In the 2002 movie Double Teamed, twins Heather and Heidi transfer to Palos Verdes High School for a better chance at receiving college scholarships. Heidi, always seeing herself as second-best, tries to distance herself from Heather at her new school by joining the drama department, while Heather prepares for the upcoming volleyball season. But when the basketball coach sees the super-tall twins, he recruits Heather. The twins' father tells the coach that the both of them will play - and confront their sibling rivalry on the court. THe film was based on the real-life story of pro players Heather and Heidi Burge.

    • Actors: Poppi Monroe, Annie McElwain, Mackenzie Phillips, Nick Searcy, Teal Redmann
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Duwayne Dunham
    822 votes

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  • 4
    860 VOTES
    Video: YouTube

    Brink! was so exciting that it needed an exclamation point. The 1998 movie features two rival groups of in-line skaters: the "Soul-Skaters," who do it for fun, and the sponsored sell-outs, "Team X-Bladz." Brink, the leader of the Soul-Skaters, betrays his friends and everything he believes in by joining Team X-Bladz, but don't worry - everything works out in the end.

    • Actors: Erik von Detten, Christina Vidal, Patrick Levis, Asher Gold, Sam Horrigan
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Greg Beeman
    860 votes

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  • Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off
    Video: YouTube

    If you somehow did remember this movie, you definitely forgot that Bobby Flay was in it. The 2003 movie Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off  tells the story of 14-year-old Eddie Ogden, the star of his baseball team The Groundhogs, coached by his father. But Eddie also enjoys watching cooking programs, especially Bobby Flay's shows. After seeing the home economics kitchen in his school, Eddie tricks his friends into signing up for the class with him. At first, he and his friends spend most of the class goofing off - until Eddie learns about a cooking competition that could earn him a culinary scholarship.

    • Actors: Taylor Ball, Orlando Brown, Reiley McClendon, Rose McIver, Mark L. Taylor
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Paul Hoen
    750 votes

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    630 VOTES
    Pixel Perfect
    Video: YouTube

    Pixel Perfect could have only been made in 2004, when no one really understood how artificial intelligence worked, let alone pixels. The movie follows Roscoe, an intelligent teen whose father owns a holographic program, and his best friend Samantha, a talented musician. Sam tells Roscoe that her band the Zetta Bytes is suffering because of her inability to dance. Roscoe helps her out by designing a hologram named Loretta to dance at their shows. Loretta is an instant hit, and Sam becomes jealous of her popularity and beauty. Through a series of convenient cinematic events, Loretta ends up in Sam's body in the real world.

    • Actors: Leah Pipes, Raviv Ullman, Spencer Redford
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Mark A.Z. Dippé
    630 votes