DCOM Binge & Blog Challenge (Coming Soon)

If there ever was a true Disney Channel fan girl, then that girl is me! When Lizzie McGuire changed it’s airtime from 6:30 cst to 7:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I cried. It was my favorite show and that was my bedtime. When I was in middle and high school, other girls were obsessing over boy bands and chick flicks. I was watching Disney Channel Original Movies and TV shows. As an adult, I still obsess over old Disney movies and shows. I posted like 100 times about Disney + when it was announced. I am a true Disney Channel fangirl! And, so, I’ve decided to do a DCOM challenge. Originally, I started in 2016 when the 100th DCOM aired. Then, life happened and I had to be a grownup. YUCK!

Now, I’m a school bus driver so, between quarantine and summer break, I’ve now got more than enough time to finish the challenge! Be on the lookout! In the next few weeks, I’ll be watching and reviewing every movie before scheduling daily updates until every movie is finished. If you’d like to listen to my reviews, subscribe to “Obsessive Girl Podcast” on your favorite podcasting app. You can also find me on Twitter or Instagram @dare2obsess. Every post will have the hashtags#DCOMChallenge #DCOMBingeAndBlogChallenge and #BingeAndBlogChallenge  in addition to their own specific hashtags! I’d love for you to follow along with me!

**note** Some of the movies on this list are not DCOMs, but have either been later advertised as a DCOM or come from a DCOM series or TV Show.

Chronological Order

      1. “Under Wraps” (October 25, 1997)
      2. “You Lucky Dog” (June 27, 1998)
      3. “Brink!” (August 29, 1998)
      4. “Halloweentown” (October 17, 1998)
      5. “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge” (October 12, 2001)
      6. “Halloweentown High” (October 8, 2004)
      7. “Return to Halloweentown” (October 20, 2006)
      8. “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” (January 23, 1999)
      9. “Zenon: The Zequel” (January 12, 2001)
      10. “Zenon: Z3” (June 11, 2004)
      11. “Can of Worms” (April 10, 1999)
      12. “The Thirteenth Year” (May 15, 1999)
      13. “Smart House” (June 26, 1999)
      14. “Johnny Tsunami” (July 24, 1999)
      15. “Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board” (June 8, 2007)
      16. “Genius” (August 21, 1999)
      17. “Don’t Look Under the Bed” (October 9, 1999)
      18. “Horse Sense” (November 20, 1999)
      19. “Jumping Ship” (August 17, 2001)
      20. “Up, Up, and Away” (January 22, 2000)
      21. “The Color of Friendship” (February 5, 2000)
      22. “Alley Cats Strike!” (March 18, 2000)
      23. “Rip Girls” (April 22, 2000)
      24. “Miracle in Lane 2” (May 13, 2000)
      25. “Stepsister from Planet Weird” (June 17, 2000)
      26. “Ready to Run” (July 14, 2000)
      27. “Quints” (August 18, 2000)
      28. “The Other Me” (September 8, 2000)
      29. “Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire” (October 13, 2000)
      30. “Phantom of the Megaplex” (November 10, 2000)
      31. “The Ultimate Christmas Present” (December 1, 2000)
      32. “Motocrossed” (February 16, 2001)
      33. “The Luck of the Irish” (March 9, 2001)
      34. “Hounded” (April 13, 2001)
      35. “Jett Jackson: The Movie” (June 8, 2001)
      36. “The Jennie Project” (July 13, 2001)
      37. “The Poof Point” (September 14, 2001)
      38. “‘Twas the Night” (December 7, 2001)
      39. “Double Teamed” (January 18, 2002)
      40. “Cadet Kelly” (March 8, 2002)
      41. “Tru Confessions” (April 5, 2002)
      42. “Get a Clue” (June 28, 2002)
      43. “Gotta Kick It Up!” (July 26, 2002)
      44. “A Ring of Endless Light” (August 23, 2002)
      45. “The Scream Team” (October 4, 2002)
      46. “You Wish!” (January 10, 2003)
      47. “Right On Track” (March 21, 2003)
      48. “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” (May 2, 2003) **not a DCOM/aired in theaters**
      49. “The Even Stevens Movie” (June 13, 2003)
      50. “Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off” (July 18, 2003)
      51. “The Cheetah Girls” (August 15, 2003)
      52. “The Cheetah Girls 2” (August 25, 2006)
      53. “The Cheetah Girls: One World” (August 22, 2008)
      54. “Full-Court Miracle” (November 23, 2003)
      55. “Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time” (November 28, 2003)
      56. “Pixel Perfect” (January 16, 2004)
      57. “Going to the Mat” (March 19, 2004)
      58. “Stuck in the Suburbs” (July 16, 2004)
      59. “Tiger Cruise” (August 6, 2004)
      60. “Now You See It…” (January 14, 2005)
      61. “Buffalo Dreams” (March 11, 2005)
      62. “Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama” (April 8, 2005)
      63. “Go Figure” (June 10, 2005)
      64. “Life is Ruff” (July 15, 2005)
      65. “The Proud Family Movie” (August 19, 2005)
      66. “Twitches” (October 14, 2005)
      67. “Twitches Too” (October 12, 2007)
      68. “High School Musical” (January 20, 2006)
      69. “High School Musical 2” (August 17, 2007)
      70. “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” (October 24, 2008)
      71. Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (April 19, 2011)
      72. “Cow Belles” (March 24, 2006)
      73. “Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior” (June 16, 2006)
      74. “Read It and Weep” (July 21, 2006)
      75. “Jump In!” (January 12, 2007)
      76. “Minutemen” (January 12, 2008)
      77. “Camp Rock” (June 20, 2008)
      78. Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (September 3, 2010)
      79. “Dadnapped” (February 24, 2009)
      80. “Hannah Montana: The Movie” (April 10, 2009) **not a DCOM/released in theaters**
      81. “Hatching Pete” (April 24, 2009)
      82. “Princess Protection Program” (June 26, 2009)
      83. “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie” (August 28, 2009)
      84. “Starstruck” (February 14, 2010)
      85. “Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars” (March 26, 2010) **later advertised as DCOM**
      86. “16 Wishes” (June 25, 2010) **later advertised as DCOM**
      87. “Den Brother” (August 13, 2010)
      88. “Avalon High” (November 12, 2010)
      89. “The Suite Life Movie” (March 25, 2011)
      90. “Lemonade Mouth” (April 15, 2011)
      91. “Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension” (August 5, 2011)
      92. “Geek Charming”(November 11, 2011)
      93. “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!” (December 2, 2011)
      94. “Frenemies” (January 13, 2012)
      95. “Radio Rebel” (February 17, 2012)
      96. “Let It Shine” (June 15, 2012)
      97. “Girl VS Monster” (October 12, 2012)
      98. “Teen Beach Movie” (July 19, 2013)
      99. “Teen Beach 2” (June 26, 2015)
      100. “Cloud 9” (January 17, 2014)
      101. “Zapped” (June 27, 2014)
      102. “How to Build a Better Boy” (August 15, 2014)
      103. “Bad Hair Day” (February 13, 2015)
      104. “Descendants” (July 31, 2015)
      105. “Descendants 2” (July 21, 2017)
      106. “Descendants 3” (August 2, 2019)
      107. “Invisible Sister” (October 9, 2015)
      108. “Adventures in Babysitting” (June 24, 2016)
      109. “The Swap” (October 7, 2016)
      110. “Tangled: Before Ever After” (March 10, 2017)
      111. “Zombies” (February 16, 2018)
      112. “Zombies 2” (February 14, 2020)
      113. “Freaky Friday” (August 6, 2018)
      114. “Kim Possible” (February 15, 2019)

This IS the Greatest Show – Review of The Greatest Showman

This is the message I sent my best friend as soon as the movie was over! No regrets!

I was twelve years old when High School Musical (2006) came out. I was fifteen when the third and final movie came out. Naturally, I was in love with Zac Efron. I fell more in love with him in Hairspray (2007) and 17 Again (2009). Several years later, he starred as the male lead in the Nicholas Sparks movie, The Lucky One (2012). While it was neither Efron’s best role nor Sparks’ best story, I was still in love with Zac Efron. Then, came This is Awkward (2014), Neighbors (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), and Baywatch (2017). To each their own when it comes to taste in movies. I’m not a fan of raunchy comedies though. I like movies with substance. With each empty movie, came more disinterest from me for Zac Efron.
When The Greatest Showman (2017) came out, I was wary. I didn’t know what the movie was about and I was growing more and more skeptical of Efron’s movie choices. I only knew Hugh Jackman from X-Men (2000) and Les Miserables (2012), so I was indifferent toward him. As for Zendaya, I wasn’t a fan, and I didn’t know the other actors.
Two weeks ago, I learned The Greatest Showman is a PG-rated movie. Because Efron is in it, I had assumed it is at least PG-13, but I was happy to be wrong. Last week, I watched friends from church fangirl over the music from the movie and learned it was a musical. Cool, it was a rated-PG musical! I was a little more interested than before, but I was still kind of indifferent. When my high school best friend asked me to go see it with her, I knew I had to go see it. Within seconds, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it.
Hugh Jackman is PHENOMENAL in this movie! I’ll be honest, I don’t care that much about Logan/Wolverine. When I watch X-Men, I’m more a fan of Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat, Rogue, Bobby Drake/Iceman, and Scott Summers/Cyclops! Even in Les Miserables, I didn’t watch it for Jean Valjean. Yes, I loved him in that movie, but I watched it for Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne.
Today though, I fell in love with Hugh Jackman as he became P.T. Barnum! I am a dreamer through and through. I never give up on my dreams, and yet, Hugh Jackman made me believe in my dreams today! P.T. Barnum showed me that dreams can and do come true! As much as I believed in dreams, love, and family before watching this movie, it’s like I started from ground zero! The Greatest Showman made me believe in dreams, love, and family today! Before watching this movie, the size of my dreams was nothing in comparison to how big they are now!
Phillip Carlyle! What can I say about Phillip Carlyle? Phillip Carlyle is a rich boy turned family man. He finds acceptance, love, and joy in the heart of a performer and her family of choice. Then, against his own expectations, he becomes a performer himself. The duet between his character and Zendaya’s is so beautiful it might have turned me into a Zendaya fan! It’s also a big part of the reason why I’ve fallen in love with him again.
This role shows how much Zac Efron has grown in the twelve years since his debut on High School Musical. In the first movie, his acting was a little forced and he didn’t even sing his own songs. He lip-synced through the entire first movie. As the trilogy progressed, so did his talent. By the end of the third movie, he was singing all his own songs. He had even played an important role in a remake of the musical movie Hairspray. Between Hairspray and The Greatest Showman, Efron has one other singing credit to his name as Ted in The Lorax (2012). With each singing role, he has honed deeper and stronger skills. Singing alongside Hugh Jackman can’t be an easy task, but he seemed to hold his own in their duet, “The Other Side.” Granted, even I wouldn’t say Efron is quite as talented as Jackman, but he did hold his own.
Then, of course, there was the female lead Michelle Williams as Charity Barnum. Being that she is a fairly established actress, one would assume she would deliver in this role. I didn’t know who she was before this movie. After viewing her filmography on IMDB, I know that I have seen her one role, as Annie/Glinda in Oz the Great and Powerful. Now that I am familiar with her, I can say I’m a fan. Williams plays well as the supportive wife, mother, and co-dreamer. Her love for Jackman’s Barnum is believable and her voice is beautiful. To be honest, I actually enjoy her singing more than the supposed greatest opera singer in the world. Loren Alfred is very talented, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t prefer her to Williams.
Who can forget the darling daughters, Caroline and Helen Barnum played by Austyn Johnson and Cameron Seely? These sweet faces and beautiful singers may be my favorite part of the movie! What can I say? I love children! Okay, maybe they’re not my favorite part, but they were great in their roles! I’ll be looking forward to seeing them take on more roles as they grow older!
My goodness! Can we talk about that opening scene? I doubt I have ever loved a movie so much in the first five seconds. That’s coming from the self-proclaimed obsessive girl. This movie though immediately drew me into the plot and setting! Needless to say, I was invested from that point forward! If I had the money, then I would definitely sit and watch The Greatest Showman over and over until I’m sick of it. Is that even possible? I don’t know, but don’t take my word for it! If you haven’t seen The Greatest Showman yet, then drop everything and go watch it now! Seriously, even if you have already seen it, then drop everything and go watch it again! It has love, dreams, passion, family, friends, music, and people who rise above the status quo! If you don’t love this movie for at least one reason, then I have to question your taste in movies! Sorry.

Seriously, I’m currently listening to the soundtrack for the tenth time since the movie ended at 3:30 this afternoon. And, because I can’t go rewatch it again right now, I’m settling for getting my Efron and Jackman fix by watching each High School Musical movie, Hairspray, and Les Mis! Don’t judge me!