Thought Catalog
April 9, 2013

What Your Favorite Disney Channel Original Movie Says About You

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The Disney Channel Original Movie is a vital staple in the childhood of anyone who came of age within a half-mile of a TV in the late 90s and early 2000s. Your favorite directly correlated with your character, even so long after the franchises’ heyday.

Luck of the Irish (2003)

Luck of the Irish
Luck of the Irish

You valued family above all else, and had a picture of Ryan Merriman hanging up in your bedroom, right above your bed. You’d practice your Irish accent at him as you fell asleep every night, and convinced yourself that was totally normal behavior and would all pay off when could recite perfect Celtic at the wedding.

When you found out Henry Gibson – aka the man who played beloved, super-Irish Irish grandpa, Reilly O’Reilly – passed away in 2009, you wore black for a week.

Stepsister From Planet Weird (2000)

Step Sister From Planet Weird
Stepsister From Planet Weird

You came from a recently blended family and, like, totally and fully related to the girl who had an annoying stepsister all up in her room, drinking too much soda and being a creepy alien all the time. But the reality of it was: you were sitting alone in the house on a Friday night, mainlining Dr. Pepper, watching the Disney Channel. You were the loser stepsister. You were from planet weird.

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century

You were hard to look at sometimes, because you never left the house in at least three clashing shades of neon, uneven pigtails, and were probably yelling. Your quirkiness would later go on to be diagnosable: ADHD.

Smart House (1999)

Smart House
Smart House

You were a total slob, so watching Pat soak up soda spills through the carpet like magic was mostly just massive wish fulfillment for you. Ten years later, your apartment is still a mess, but you’re patiently waiting for technology to catch up to your needs.  Until then, you’ll have to content yourself with learning boy band dance moves off of YouTube, instead of projected against your bedroom wall.

The Thirteenth Year (1999)

The Thirteenth Year
The Thirteenth Year

Every school notebook you had from the ages of nine to fifteen was covered in layers and layers of detailed mermaid doodles. You violently wept until your parents agreed to get you a pool for your birthday – and were forced to grudgingly make the best out of it when they could only afford a plastic kiddy-style set up. You flopped around in it every day in your homemade mermaid tail—a green towel.

Whenever you go to a beach, even now, a small part of you is still hoping your real mother will pop out of the waves and welcome you back to your rightful throne in an undersea kingdom.

The Color of Friendship (2000)

The Color Of Friendship
The Color Of Friendship

You run a social justice Tumblr and screech the word, “MICROAGGRESSION” a lot.

High School Musical (2006)

High School Musical
High School Musical

You joined drama club as a direct result of this movie and were sorely disappointed when you realized that it was full of mouth-breathers and probably-gay-guys.

Johnny Tsumani (1999)

Johnny Tsunami
Johnny Tsunami

You were one of two things: a dudebro who totally loved surfing and/or snowboarding, man, or a chubby nerd from a temperate suburb who desperately wished he was. Either way, you’re currently at a state school, in a frat, and live your life almost entirely in pursuit of casually scoring a nickname as cool as, “Johnny Tsunami.” TC mark