Disney Channel's latest original movie, Invisible Sister, premieres Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. The tale of a girl who has to pretend to be her popular older sister after accidentally turning her invisible seems like it could be contained to one film, but Disney Channel has a habit of giving its best Original Movies a chance to shine again with a sequel. The premise of Invisible Sister seems strong enough that another movie could serve as an easy extension of the relationships built during the first. So will Invisible Sister get a sequel to continue its story?
The plot of Invisible Sister revolves around a nerdy, outcast younger sister (who happens to be a scientist) having to pretend to be popular so that no one will suspect the older, popular sister has become invisible. The opportunities for sequels here are plentiful, since other science experiments could go wrong, and exploring the relationship between the two sisters through these mishaps would make for interesting stories. Maybe the younger sister gets turned invisible next time? Does the science lab turn everyone invisible? The title does sort of force the writers to stick to the "invisible" aspect of the plot.
Here are some Disney Channel Original Movie Sequels that the Invisible Sister writers could watch to get ideas for how to expand their story.
Zenon: The Zequel
The first Disney Channel Original Movie Sequel, Zenon: The Zequel follows the adventures of the ttiular space station citizen introduced in Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century . This "zequel" switched up the story by making the space station residents go back to Earth to deal with a crisis, and raised the stakes by having the U.S. Military take over the space station. The film's only misstep was re-casting Nebula Wade, who was played by Raven-Symoné in the first movie.
The Cheetah Girls 2
The most Cheetah-licious sequel in Disney's library, The Cheetah Girls 2 takes the girls to Barcelona, Spain. The film maintains everything that made the original great, from its sense of sisterhood to the sheer ridiculousness of everything that was happening. The Cheetah Girls would return one more time for The Cheetah Girls: One World, but Raven-Symoné did not return for the third movie in the series. Everyone knows The Cheetah Girls without Raven-Symoné is like Destiny's Child without Beyoncé: Still good, but not enough.
Halloweentown II: Kabalar's Revenge
It's Halloweentown, of course there's a sequel. Not only did Halloweentown bring in the son of the villain from the original movie to push the plot forward, but it went on to spawn two additional sequels in the series. Halloweentown High and Return to Halloweentown each continued the story of the Cromwell family. This series could probably come back today and still have a wide audience because, let's face it, Halloween is cool.
High School Musical 2
It's summertime, and the HSM gang goes from the halls of East High School and moves to the Lava Springs Country Club. While the sequel didn't have as many catchy songs as the original (Seriously, try not to get "We're All In This Together" stuck in your head right now), it still told a satisfying story and managed to be the highest-rated basic cable program of all time.
If you like your Disney Channel Original Movie Sequels with a little bit of spook in them, then Twitches Too is the film for you. Twin Witches Camryn and Alex return to their magical home world to defeat the evil and powerful Thantos, who they had fought in the original Twitches. The original movie is the pinnacle of all twin-witch related cinema, and its sequel provides everything the first one promised. That is to say, Twitches Too has two witches, and they are twins.
Maybe Invisible Sister will soon join this list of DCOMs that transformed into successful franchises — no science required.
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