Good Movies on the Disney Channel

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Disney Channel Movies and TV Shows

Personally, I don’t have much use for all the so-called “good movies on the Disney Channel.” They’re aimed at a demographic far younger than myself, and all those smiling teen faces just make me roll my eyes. That being said, the Disney Channel has managed to turn out some decent productions over the years, and the list below highlights some of the better ones. While it may not be my cup of tea, they’re highly recommended for those still dealing with driver’s permits and braces. And for parents worried about their kids being exposed to unnecessary sex and violence, you’ll find these Disney Channel movies to be more than appropriate for all ages.

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High School Musical (2006) – A TV movie that launched the career of a number of young stars, High School Musical is essentially a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Zac Efron stars as Troy Bolton, a popular jock who falls for shy transfer student Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) when both audition for lead roles in the school musical. The romance between members of two different cliques throws their school into disarray, but their friends and rivals learn a number of important lessons along the way. The energy is infectious, and the musical numbers will even have parents tapping their feet.

High School Musical 2 (2007) – The gang at East High School returns, and this time Troy must maintain his relationship with Gabriella over the summer while also looking for a job to help pay for upcoming college expenses. With a talent show on the horizon, series villain Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) sets out to win the competition and ruin the relationship of the cute leading couple. Over 18 million viewers tuned in to watch the TV movie’s debut, making it the most successful program in the history of the Disney Channel.

Lemonade Mouth (2011) – Based on the book by Mark Peter Hughes, Lemonade Mouth encourages individuality and the arts by focusing on a group of high school students who meet in detention and decide to form a band. A wholesome, musical romp that includes Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko, Naomi Scott, and Blake Michael. If you’re looking to teach your kids strong values, add this good movie on the Disney Channel to the list.

The Suite Life Movie (2011) – Combining elements of comedy, drama, and science fiction, this Disney Channel movie draws from both The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck, with both Dylan and Cole Sprouse reprising their roles from the series. The brothers have a falling out after a series of mishaps revolving around girls, but then they volunteer to participate in an experiment designed to study twins and recreate the same bond between all of mankind. When it’s learned that the scientist in charge may have a secret and sinister agenda, Zack and Cody’s pals come to the rescue. A fine choice for younger teens and even the tween set.

Camp Rock (2008) – Set in a music camp for youngsters, Camp Rock stars Demi Lovato as a girl who dreams of becoming a singer. Unfortunately, her family can’t afford to send her to Camp Rock the traditional way, but her mother’s catering skills allow her to gain entry. The Jonas Brothers are there, too, and Joe Jonas plays a spoiled boy band singer who falls for our heroine’s singing voice (even though he doesn’t see her face). There’s plenty of jealously, cliques, and competition, but everything gets worked out in the end thanks to a climactic talent show.

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Avalon High (2010) – Imagine transferring to a high school where all the students are reincarnations of King Arthur and his knights. That’s the situation that Allie Pennington (Britt Robertson) finds herself in, and she must battle to stop the forces of evil from once again taking down the legendary king (Gregg Sulkin).

Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007) – The sequel to 1999’s Johnny Tsunami, this action-packed Disney movie stars Brandon Baker as Johnny “Pono” Kapahala, a snowboarding champion from Vermont who journeys to Hawaii for the wedding of his grandfather (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). But things get interesting when Johnny meets his future uncle, a snot-nosed 12-year-old by the name of Chris (Jake T. Austin). All kinds of extreme sports ensue, including surfing, dirt boarding, and even ATV riding.

Minutemen (2008) – Three best friends (Jason Dolley, Steven R. McQueen, and Chelsea Kane) begin their high school careers with mixed results, but the invention of a time machine three years later allows one of them to go back in time and correct his perceived mistakes. This, of course, leads to all manner of trouble, including a visit from the FBI and a rather dangerous black hole. For fans of sci-fi movies, Minutemen provides a nice change of pace. And if you grew up watching the Back to the Future movies, keep your eyes peeled for a ton of references to the adventures of Marty McFly.

Cow Belles (2006) – Obviously inspired by The Simple Life, this romantic teen comedy stars real-life sisters Alyson and Amanda Michalka as a pair of spoiled rich girls who get left in charge of the family dairy in order to teach them responsibility. You can imagine all the havoc they wreak, but a number of valuable lessons are also learned along the way. If you want to teach your kids the value of hard work and entertain them at the same time, give this one a look.

The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008) – The final installment of the Cheetah Girls trilogy, this film finds Galleria (Raven-Symone) off at college while the remainder of the girl group (Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, and Sabrina Bryan) are cast in a Bollywood movie. So off to India they go, but they learn that the film’s budget only allows for one of them to be cast in the lead role. Each girl decides to try for the part, but can they compete without ruining their friendship?

That concludes our look at some of the good movies on the Disney Channel. If you’re a tween or teen, then you may get a kick out of these productions, otherwise you’ll probably risk clawing your own eyes out. It’s all a matter of taste, really, as I doubt the kids who’ve been raised on Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff would give two flips about the stuff I grew up with (WKRP in Cincinnati being the exception, of course).

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