How Believable Is Your Favorite DCOM?
When it comes to everyone's favorite Disney Channel original movies, it's hard to choose just one to be your favorite or even the best. What it is totally not hard to do it choose which ones are the most believable. Don't get me wrong: nobody does the fantastic, the weird, the swoon-worthy or the super cool like Disney. But you've gotta admit it: some of the plots they've hit viewers with over the years are downright unbelievable. I'm sure you're rolling your eyes right now because I've just stated the obvious. Stay with me here: even as a kid, didn't you think some original films were just too much to get into? Or was that just me being an incredibly skeptical child? I'm not saying I wanted all of the fantasy sucked out of the films I was watching watching but c'mon... reanimated corpses? Vampires? Masked villains terrorizing movie-goers? Not really real life stuff.
Now that I'm a bit older and wiser, I've gone back through the long and venerable list of Disney Channel films and compiled what I believe to be the definitive list of Disney Channel films, ranked from least to most believable. What do you think? Is this list right on the money or totally wack?
21. Under Wraps
Mummies coming back to life? Hard pass on the believability factor, bro.
20. The Thirteenth Year
I mean, a guy turns into a merman. That stuff doesn't happen IRL. Although, you gotta give big kudos to Cody for breaking big gender stereotypes.
If Halloweentown actually existed, I'm pretty sure most of us millennials would live there. Until then, it's best to just dream about it.
18. The Luck Of The Irish
Leprechauns hold a special place in our culture, but not even Ryan Merriman could sell this as a legit plot.
17. Stepsister From Planet Weird
We definitely do not know what lies in the outer reaches of space, so it's a little plausible that intelligent life from another planet could visit us. Stepsister may have been a fun way to ponder what would have happened but it doesn't make it any more believable.
Twins that are witches? Loved the concept, embraced the dream but I couldn't do the work to make it a reality. The fantasy is too much to handle!
15. Pixel Perfect
Oh, I'm sorry. Did you really think we could generate people from a computer program?
14. Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century
This will continue to be the only vision of the near future worth investing in making come true. Hop on it, NASA.
13. Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
Once again, aspirational karate movies make for amazing viewing. Brenda Song makes a kickass Disney channel heroine but the chances of being attacked by a horde of ne'er-do-wells while protecting the world seems a bit too unreal.
12. The Other Me
Listen, like all good millennials, I love Andrew Lawrence as much as the next one. But cloning as functional reality? Puh-leeze.
11. Phantom Of The Megaplex
The Disney-fied mashup of Scooby-Doo and Scream was amazing, thanks to dreamy Taylor Handley. Fingers crossed, though, that being terrorized at your part-time job is strictly for fiction.
10. The Cheetah Girls
Alright, Disney Channel, you're moving into the realm of believability with The Cheetah Girls, although landing a record deal before you exit high school is only a reality for a select few. *Sigh*.
9. High School Musical
You cannot deny the Grease-level vibes of magic and music that come with HSM are infectious. The Romeo and Juliet romance between Troy and Gabriella? Divine! But I'm pretty sure most high schoolers would rather go home sick with influenza that break out into song on the reg.
8. Stuck In The Suburbs
I will never forget that Taran Killam, for a brief, beautiful moment in time, made the Disney Channel an extra-perfect place. I'm still waiting for that early '00s pop EP, Killam!
Sibling woes (no matter how many you have) will always be incredibly relatable.
Bring on the skateboarding drama, bro! We were all on board (pun intended) for the SoCal shadiness when it came to Brink!.
5. Horse Sense
What did we do to get so blessed with a film that featured all three of the Lawrence brothers? And with adorable horses? Good. Bye.
4. Cadet Kelly
Military camp never looked so fun. Be real: you'd only go if you knew Hilary Duff was going to be waiting to welcome you.
Watching Andi become the coolest tomboy ever to grace the Disney channel was equal parts empowering and amazing. Just...yes. All the yes.
2. Cow Belles
If you have ever had a summer job, a job involving manual labor or know someone who is attached to their phone 24/7, then yes, you can attest that Cow Belles is painfully believable.
1. The Color Of Friendship
The perfect historical drama complete with amazing '70s clothing and continuously-timely social commentary made this one of the best Disney Channel films.
Believable or not, I think we can all agree that literally every Disney Channel movie ever made is perfection. I say we plan a nationwide marathon of these perfect little nuggets ASAP!