Disney Channel started its Original Movie series way back in 1997 and hasn't slowed down since. 2001 was definitely a peak year for DCOMs, producing 10 gems -- second only to 2000, which produced 12.
Watching these movies growing up, it's a little surreal to think they're all turning 15 this year. Where'd the time go? I'm in my mid-twenties, so I know I'm not "old," but learning that classics such as "Motocrossed" and "Jumping Ship" are old enough to be freshmen in high school (if they were people, of course) shakes up my world.
"Zenon: The Zequel" — Jan. 21, 2001
Arguably better than the original film, "Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century," the sequel, involved aliens listening to Proto Zoa's stellar music, Commander Plank marrying Aunt Judy and adorkable Orion being adorkable. Not to mention the movie had the catchy song "The Galaxy is Ours." ? Wake me up, shake me up / Race me to the stars ?
"Motocrossed" — Feb. 16, 2001
A super important movie, "Motocrossed" proved girls can do anything boys can do -- and sometimes do it even better. Andi risked a lot to impersonate her twin brother, Andrew, and compete in an all-boys race. That moment when her dad finally realized he'd been a complete moron and needed to let his "little girl" race was definitely one for the books. Also, if you didn't have a crush on Dean Talon, you're straight up lying to yourself.
"The Luck of the Irish" — Mar. 9, 2001
After every '90s kid fell in love with Ryan Merriman in "Smart House," we fell in love with him again after this movie premiered. For starters, he occasionally had an Irish accent, played basketball and sang a sweet rendition of "This Land is Your Land." Oh, and if you're a "Supernatural" fan, friendly reminder Cain (Timothy Omundson) was the evil leprechaun Seamus McTiernen.
"Hounded" — Apr. 13, 2001
Remember when Shia LaBeouf did that one movie with the tiny dog? He went head-to-head with "Smart Guy" star Tahj Mowry, both battling this show dog named Camille. Basically, Camille didn't eff around, and LaBeouf was an A+ twerp.
"Jett Jackson: The Movie" — Jun. 8, 2001
The first DCOM based on a Disney Channel series, "Jett Jackson" starred the late Lee Thompson Young. Tired of the show biz life, Jett planned to give it all up, but a freak accident on set forced Jett and his alter ego Silverstone to trade places. This change up was so much better than the one in "Freaky Friday."
"The Jennie Project" — Jul. 13, 2001
All right, I'll be honest here. As some who claims to be a "DCOM expert," I actually forgot about this film. Unacceptable, I know. Starring Alex D. Linz, the movie was about an intelligent chimp named Jennie who knew sign language. It was adapted from the book "Jennie" by Douglas Preston.
"Jumping Ship" — Aug. 17, 2001
One of the most underrated DCOMs of all time, it was the sequel to "Horse Sense." Starring all three Lawrence brothers, the boys ended up stranded on a deserted island and forced to deal with modern-day pirates. Also, Matthew Lawrence's hair was something else.
"The Poof Point" — Sept. 14, 2001
Another DCOM starring Tahj Mowry, the movie was a kid's version of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Mowry's scientist parents accidentally made themselves age backwards. The longer it took Mowry and his sister to fix the problem, the closer his parents got to "poofing" away to nothing.
"Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge" — Oct. 12, 2001
In case you're wondering, Kal (Daniel Kountz) is still insanely hot. The "Halloweentown" sequel featured the gray spell, shrunken head walkie-talkies and more of Luke the goblin. All the OG cast returned and we wouldn't have it any other way — because Cromwells that spell together, stay together.
"'Twas the Night" — Dec. 7, 2001
One of only two DCOM Christmas movies, "'Twas the Night" starred a pre-Walter White Bryan Cranston. When a boy and his uncle (Cranston) took Santa's sleigh for a joyride, things went from 0-100 real quick. For starters, they broke the sleigh, which was definitely naughty list material. This movie wins because it allowed us to see Cranston in a Santa suit, aka what dreams are made of, duh.