It’s time… to name our favorite disney channel movie.
Sam’s Pick: Brink!
This was a bit tough. Though I love Johnny Tsunami and Zenon was my girl, Brink! clearly takes the cake. What’s more extreme than in-line skaters? Nothing. What’s better than Erik von Detten with his cool, laidback attitude and stringy, tousled hair that hung in his eyes? NOTHING. (related: what happened to this kid?)
In a nutshell: Andy “Brink” Brinkers and his crew (Jordy, Peter, and Gabriella) skate for the love of it. They are “soul skaters.” Team X-Bladz, led by crazy psycho Val, skates for the money. They’re sponsored skaters. Brink is living his life and then he learns that his family is broke (damn). To save his fam, he joins the sponsored team to earn some cash monay. He realizes it’s not worth it, however, when he starts changing and his friends get hurt. (Literally. Gabriella goes down hard.)
This movie is just pure, Disney gold. They wear helmets (safety first) and keep fit. They keep practicing and push being a good person. He values his family! Ugh. I just love it so much. Plus, how can you beat the 90s dialogue? “Val and his crew were dissin’ us. We started givin’ ’em beef right back, but they wanted to hit it right there at school. Clearly, we couldn’t step off, so we had to battle.” CLEARLY.
TEAM PUP N’ SUDS FOREVER!
Sarah’s Pick: Life Size
Okay, I know Life Size wasn’t on the Disney Channel. But you know what? I didn’t have cable as a child. Yeah, I was pretty much deprived. So the only time I got to watch quality TV besides TGIF was when I watched the Wonderful World of Disney on ABC. Anyone remember that program on Sunday nights? Some pretty classic movies came out of that, like My Date with the President’s Daughter (Eric from Boy Meets World!), Cinderella with Brandy and Whitney Houston (RIP) and Toothless with Kirstie Alley. Such gems.
I was really intrigued by Life Size. One, because it starred Tyra Banks who was pre-America’s Next Top Model and post-Fresh Prince of Bel Air at this point. And two, because of Lindsay Lohan. I don’t know about you, but I was obsessed with Lindsay Lohan when The Parent Trap came out. I wanted to be her. But like after The Parent Trap she kind of went away for a little bit. Maybe she was off being a normal kid or something. Then finally she made it back to the spotlight with this made-for-TV movie.
So basically the premise of the movie is Lindsay’s character Casey is a tomboy who plays football. Like in every Disney movie, her mom’s dead. She uses this book of magic to bring back her mother but she accidentally brings her “Eve” doll (aka Barbie Tyra Banks) to life. At first Casey is really mad that she made the dumb doll come alive instead of her mother. But then they become friends. When Casey is able to undo the spell, she doesn’t want to because she likes Eve, but Eve is super homesick. So Eve decides to undo it herself and goes back home. They all dance to an amazing theme song and the end.
“Shine bright, shine far, don’t be shy be a star. Where you live, where you are be a starrrr.” What a great movie.