Over the years, The Disney Channel has given us the gift of Disney Channel Original Movies and, since there are so many that we absolutely love, we thought we’d start our DCOM celebration by listing off the best movies of the ’90s.

Even though The Disney Channel had been producing their own movies since 1983, it wasn’t until 1997 that the channel ascribed the title “Disney Channel Original Movies,” or “DCOMs,” to the movie masterpieces. While they may be slightly lower budget films than what you would normally find in the theater, they had (and continue to have) a huge effect on our childhoods and lives as a whole. If you grew up in the ’90s/early 2000s, you definitely know what we’re talking about.

So, without further ado, here are the movies that we consider to be the top 10 best Disney Channel Original Movies from the ’90s.

10. ‘Don’t Look Under the Bed’ (1999)

Thanks to this movie, we all felt guilty for having said goodbye to our childhood imaginary friends. Some of us may have even conjured up new friends who seemed to be a lot like Larry. Oh, and who could ever forget the twist ending in this movie? We definitely never saw that coming when we were little. It’s too bad some people think this movie is too scary for children. We’d love to watch it again, especially on or near Halloween.

9. ‘Horse Sense’ (1999)

This was the last Disney Channel Original Movie of the millennium and boy are we glad it starred two of the Lawrence brothers. We enjoy watching Joey Lawrence’s spoiled-rotten character, Michael, try to work on his aunt’s ranch in Montana. However, it’s the final act of the movie when Michael remembers what he learned about land trusts in college that really warms our hearts.

8. ‘Genius’ (1999)

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Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy reinvents himself into a slacker junior high school student to impress girl even though he’s a genius who is already in college before he turns 13. Watching Charlie transform into Chaz and act how he thinks slackers should act makes us laugh every time. However, Dr. Krickstein, the scientist Charlie works with, steals every scene he’s in. We wish the Disney Channel would show this DCOM again.

7. ‘The Thirteenth Year’ (1999)

Who hasn’t dreamed, at some point in their life, of being a mermaid or another mythical sea creature? Cody Griffin lives the life we all wished we could have had when we were growing up. That’s why we couldn’t help but glue ourselves to the TV every time this DCOM was on. Well, that and the fact that Dave Coulier who played Uncle Joey in Full House starred in this movie as Cody’s dad. Dave is just too cool.

6. ‘Johnny Tsunami’ (1999)

“The temperature is down… But the surf is up!” What could be more comical than a surfer who trades gnarly waves for powdery snow? Johnny Kapahala’s surfer lingo just sounds so out-of-place, yet so totally awesome, on the mountain. Even though we were all sitting on the edges of our seats during the important race down the mountain, there was no doubt in our minds that the grandson of the legendary Johnny Tsunami would win and inherit the title for himself. Alright, well maybe there was a little doubt. But hey, we were kids!

5. ‘Wish Upon a Star’ (1996)

Ok so maybe we’re cheating a bit here. Wish Upon a Star isn’t technically a Disney Channel Original Movie. It’s actually one of the last Disney Channel Premiere films (which are essentially the same thing). However, because it’s so beloved and often mistaken for a DCOM, we thought it was ok to include it here. Besides, it’s one of the absolute best movies to come out of the Disney Channel period. And it doesn’t hurt that it stars a young Katherine Heigl.

4. ‘Smart House’ (1999)

When Smart House first came out, people couldn’t stop talking about it. The house itself is amazing and, to this day, we still wish we lived there. Who wouldn’t want a wall that doubles as a TV screen or a kitchen that could make you fresh smoothies whenever you wanted? If we had that house, we’d have fun parties there all the time. This is just one of those films that will stick in our memories for years to come.

3. ‘Halloweentown’ (1998)

We couldn’t be happier that the Disney Channel still airs this movie around Halloween. We don’t know what we’d do without it. It’s a Halloween movie that’s second only to Hocus Pocus (and even that’s debatable). It’s so quotable and visually interesting that we are glued to the television whenever it’s on. It’s as if the DCOM casts a spell on us every time. Plus, it gave us such stimulating questions to ponder over, like “When it’s dark on Halloween, where do you put the candle?” We don’t know about you, but we will never pass up a trip back to Halloweentown.

2. ‘Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century’ (1999)

Zetus lapetus! Zenon is the (second) best! Who could ever in a million light-years forget all of the cool outfits, futuristic lingo, or Proto Zoa and his band Microbe? To this day, whenever we hear the song “Supernova Girl” or even just the word “zoom,” we can’t help but burst into song. Looking back on it, we can’t believe Zenon was only supposed to be 13 years old in this movie. She was one of those girls that girls wanted to be and boys wanted to be with. Zenon was just so cool.

1. ‘Brink!’ (1998)

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, if you mention Brink!, chances are that somebody around you will respond with something along the lines of “Brink! is the best!” or “I love Brink!” Erik von Detten (who we really miss seeing on TV) plays one of the most likable and relatable characters out of all of the DCOMs, not just the ones of the ’90s. Andy “Brink” Brinker and his fellow Soul-Skaters made skating look like so much fun, especially when they were always being compared to the nasty members of Team X-Bladz. We’ll never forget that final race between Team Pup ‘N Suds and Team X-Bladz. It was just too good. Fingers crossed that the Disney Channel puts this movie into its lineup again sometime soon.

So there you have it. Those were our top 10 favorite Disney Channel Original Movies from the ’90s. Be on the lookout for our DCOM countdown for the 2000s, which will be coming soon to a computer screen near you. Until then, you can check out this list of every DCOM ever and try to predict which ones from the 2000s will make our next countdown.

Which of these ’90s Disney Channel Original Movies is your favorite?

Nickelodeon debuts action-packed ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ trailer at SDCC

The brand new trailer features tons of nods to the original 90s game show!

4:33 pm EDT, July 23, 2016

Get ready for a serious dose of nostalgia, 90s kids! Nickelodeon just premiered the trailer for the upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie at San Diego Comic-Con and you’re definitely going to want to check it out!

The upcoming made-for-TV movie centers around three siblings who find themselves immersed in the temple after breaking away from a jungle tour. Once inside, they discover all the legends they’ve grown up hearing about the mysterious temple are actually real.

Being trapped in the temple itself may sound cool at the beginning, but the siblings will soon learn that getting out may be tougher than they originally anticipated. They’ll have to follow the map and survive the Temple’s many hidden rooms if they want to make it out unscathed.

Check out the first trailer for Legends of the Hidden Temple below!

Fans of the original game show are sure to recognize quite a few of the most iconic aspects taken from the beloved 90s series. Olmec aside, the first action-packed trailer includes mentions of the steps of knowledge, the shrine of the silver monkey, and more— They’ve even managed to slip in mentions of some of the old teams contestant were able to play on when competing on the original game show!

The upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie reunites Kirk Fogg (original TV how host) and Dee Bradley Baker (original voice of Olmec), and additionally stars Isabela Moner, Colin Critchley, and Jet Jurgensmeyer.

Legends of the Hidden Temple premieres on Nickelodeon in the fall of 2016

What did you think of the first trailer for ’Legends of the Hidden Temple’?

Hot off the heels of the Wonder Woman trailer DC has released our first look at the art for Justice League as well as the first trailer!

It’s a very exciting day to be a DC movies fan! After debuting the Wonder Woman trailer earlier today, DC surprised everyone with the first official Justice League trailer which has been simultaneously released publicly during its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. It should be noted that the video, posted on Director Zack Snyder’s Twitter account, includes a title card at the beginning denoting that this video was made specifically for fans at Comic-Con. “The following footage was prepared by the filmmakers as a special look for fans in attendance at Comic-Con 2016.”

Click full screen, turn up your volume, and get ready for this!

The “trailer” (if that’s what we’re calling it) doesn’t give away much about the plot of the movie, however. It features Bruce Wayne checking in and recruiting Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash – the three of which weren’t as heavily featured in this year’s Batman V Superman.

One of the more thrilling parts of the video is when Bruce Wayne shows up to meet The Flash and throws a Batarang at him. We get to see the slow motion perspective of The Flash while a Batarang whizzes by his face, with him ultimately realizing who has just appeared before him. Before Bruce even has a second to sell him on joining the Justice League, he’s interrupted. “Stop right there. I’m in,” says The Flash.

After the mixed reviews of Batman V Superman from earlier this year, it looks like Justice League might have taken some notes from the massive success of Deadpool’s light-hearted but serious comic book movie template. It already feels like this ensemble cast will lend itself to making up some ground in terms of likability. Ezra Miller’s The Flash is easily the “you-gotta-love-this-kid” character based on his one scene alone. Meanwhile, Aquaman will appeal to those burly, rugged Wolverine style fans. Both character types were missing from the sometimes confusing Batman V Superman.

Check out the full photo of the Justice League featuring our first detailed looks of The Flash, Cyborg, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman together in one place.


We still have a while before we get to hit theaters for Justice League. The superhero sure-to-be blockbuster is set to hit theaters November 17, 2017.

What did you think of your first look at the upcoming Justice League movie?

WB debuted a new trailer for Wonder Woman on Saturday morning at San Diego Comic-Con.

Gal Gadot and the cast of Wonder Woman introduced the new trailer, which offers a massive new look at the first female-led super hero movie (during this new wave of super hero madness, anyway). Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor and Gadot’s Diana Prince seem to have some great chemistry. And unsurprisingly, Wonder Woman gets up to a lot of ass-kicking in the three minute preview. Perhaps one of the coolest moments is when she fends off a lot of fire power, and one of the funniest moments comes at the end, when Diana equates Steve’s secretary to a slave. Watch below:

The movie is directed by Patty Jenkins, who has clearly done an amazing job bringing Wonder Woman to life with Gadot.

A new poster for Wonder Woman was also released, finally revealing her (colorful!) costume:


Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017. The film’s synopsis reads:

Wonder Woman hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.