We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Disney Channel Original Movies are the BOMB. Since we have already counted down the top DCOMs from the 1990s, it’s now time to indulge our nostalgia one more time and rank the top DCOMs from the early 2000s.
The early 2000s were a fantastic time for DCOMs. They were so popular and so well-received by audiences that the Disney Channel released at least six movies a year from 2000 to 2006. Because more than double the amount of Disney Channel Original Movies were released each year in the 2000s in comparison to the 1990s, we decided to expand our countdown to the top 15 best DCOMs. We hope you don’t mind!
Also, since we’re being nostalgic, we’re only including DCOMs from 2000 to (SPOILER ALERT) High School Musical. High School Musical was such a turning point for Disney Channel Original Movies, so it’s hard to compare the pre-HSM DCOMs with the post-HSM ones because they’re so different.
Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy our list of the top 15 Disney Channel Original Movies from the early 2000s.
15. ‘Pixel Perfect’ (2004)
In the same vein as Zenon and Smart House, this movie was all about cool technology and its potential ramifications. We really loved its message about how being completely perfect isn’t better than having flaws. More than anything though, we have to admit that we thoroughly enjoyed having Raviv “Ricky” Ullman on our TV screens for a full 85 minutes (more with commercials).
14. ‘Stepsister From Planet Weird’ (2000)
This movie was definitely one of a kind. It’s interesting that the alien characters had such strange characteristics, rather than just being traditional aliens. But that’s what we loved about them. They were endearing and comical at the same time. Plus, who could ever forget the way the stepsister Ariel stated “I fear the wind”?
13. ‘Miracle in Lane 2’ (2000)
Ask a group of people to list a few Disney Channel Original Movies from the 2000s they enjoyed most and, chances are, quite a few will mention Miracle in Lane 2. Frankie Muniz was absolutely perfect as Justin Yoder. Muniz made us really feel for Justin and share in his joy of winning the soapbox derby. While we enjoy the funny DCOMs, we can’t help but love the more serious and meaningful ones like this one.
12. ‘Alley Cats Strike’ (2000)
The Alley Cats truly made bowling cool. Even though we liked the movie’s message about being yourself and not worrying about what makes you look cool (even though bowling totally WAS cool), we have to say that our absolute favorite part of the movie was the end. The way that Delia made that 7-10 split will be permanently etched in our minds. Seriously though. Who hasn’t tried her technique at a bowling alley in the same situation?
11. ‘Jett Jackson: The Movie’ (2001)
We were so excited when one of our favorite Disney Channel shows was given its very own movie. The fact that the movie made Silverstone and Jett Jackson separate characters was really interesting. It was really funny to see a cool spy like Silverstone try to hack it in Jett Jackson’s life. We would really love it if Lee Thompson Young would reprise his role as Jett Jackson at some point. It could happen, right?
Keep reading to see which other DCOMs made our list.