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Disney Channel Original Movies You Somehow Forgot About

Updated September 17, 2019 11.7k votes 1.9k voters 72.2k views14 items

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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.

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    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: Rose McIver, Orlando Brown, Mark L. Taylor, Reiley McClendon, Taylor Ball
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Paul Hoen
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    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
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    This movie was probably the number-one reason kids were leaving their lights on in 1999. In Don't Look Under the Bed, precocious teenage Frances discovers that the strange happenings in her town are the result of the Boogeyman. Her younger brother's imaginary friend, Larry, tells her that Boogeymen are created when a child stops believing in an imaginary friend too young. This Boogeyman is Frances's old imaginary friend, Zoe, and now, Larry is turning into a Boogeyman, too. Eventually, Zoe and Larry are transformed back into imaginary friends, but this movie was still childhood nightmare fuel.

    • Actors: Stephen Tobolowsky, Steve Valentine, Robin Riker, Ty Hodges, Rachel Kimsey
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Kenneth Johnson
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    The first official Disney Channel Original Movie was about a mummy that rose from the dead - but it was also kind of a romance. In the 1997 movie Under Wraps, three kids accidentally free a 3,000 year old mummy. The good news is that he's pretty friendly. The bad news is that, if they don't get him back to his final resting place by Halloween, he will turn to dust and will be unable to reunite with his long-lost love.

    • Actors: Ed Lauter, Bill Fagerbakke, Adam Wylie, Mario Yedidia, Ken Hudson Campbell
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Greg Beeman
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