From feel-good animated films of the ’90s to quirky teen-centered flicks of the early aughts, Disney+ is providing fans with the ultimate walk down memory lane. A fan of nostalgia? Look no further! Join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at the best movies from the ’90s and ’00s available to stream on Disney+… starting with “Get a Clue.” In the Disney Channel Original Movie, which debuted in 2002, Lindsay Lohan stars as Lexy Gold — a savvy (and ultra fashionable) New York City high school student who investigates the disappearance of one of her teachers. Brenda Song (pictured), Bug Hall and Ian Gomez also star in the teen mystery. Keep reading for more…
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Admit it — you, too, blasted “Super Girl” by Krystal Harris after hearing it in this flick. In 2001’s “The Princess Diaries,” Anne Hathaway stars as Mia Thermopolis, a San Francisco teen whose entire world is turned upside down when she learns that she’s the Princess of Genovia and heir to the Genovian throne. In addition to finding out that she’s royalty, Mia also reunites with her estranged grandmother (played by the one and only Julie Andrews!), who orders a series of etiquette lessons for the princess-in-the-making. Our favorite line from this feel-good film? When she tells Michael she wants to be with him “Because you saw me when I was invisible.” Swoon!
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Practically every adolescent girl who grew up in the early aughts was majorly obsessed with “Lizzie McGuire” — so the release of 2003’s “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” was basically life-changing. Starring Hilary Duff as the titular lovable teen, the film follows Lizzie, Gordo, Kate and Ethan as they embark on a class trip to Rome before summer vacation. Upon arriving, Lizzie meets ultra-handsome, ultra-famous pop star Paolo Valisari (Yani Gellman), who brings to her attention that she looks exactly like local music sensation Isabella, who reportedly fled from her responsibilities. Paolo’s solution? For Lizzie to pose as her famous doppelgänger — a plan that quickly goes awry.
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Folks, it really doesn’t get much cuter than this. In 1998’s “The Parent Trap,” audiences got their first look at just how ridiculously talented — and charismatic — Lindsay Lohan can be. In the family film remake, Lindsay stars as both Hallie Parker and Annie James, identical twins who meet by happenstance at a summer camp after being separated at birth. After piecing together the truth of their backgrounds, the girls devise a plan to return home in each other’s place in an effort to get to know their estranged parents. Now, with Hallie in London and Annie in California, they’re finally given the opportunity to see what they’ve been missing. Of course, that isn’t their only motive — they also hope to reunite their parents romantically!
The idea of having to forego a comfortable, sociable life in New York City for a military school where you have no friends sounds like a nightmare for any teenage girl. Unfortunately, such was the reality for Hilary Duff’s Kelly Collins in the 2002 flick “Cadet Kelly.” Hilary stars as the aforementioned teen who struggles to find her bearings in her new environment. With her stepfather, who also happens to run the academy, determined to teach her discipline and a rigid commanding officer (played by Christy Carlson Romano) destined to make her life miserable, Kelly loathes everything about her situation — that is, until she makes the surprising choice (albeit one motivated by her crush on a fellow classmate) to join the drill team.
While we’ve since become accustomed to Broadway sensation Jeremy Jordan’s glorious rendition of “Sante Fe,” we’ll always have a special place in our hearts for Christian Bale’s portrayal of the ambitious newspaper hawker. In 1992’s “Newsies,” Christian stars as Jack Kelly, a 17-year-old who desperately dreams of leaving behind his impoverished life in New York City — which is made even more difficult when a lucrative publisher sets new guidelines that further disadvantage newspaper salesmen — in favor of the splendor and promise of Sante Fe, New Mexico. The only problem, though, is finding a way out.
Switching places with anyone — let alone your mother, with whom you are totally at odds — makes for a less-than-ideal situation. In 2003’s “Freaky Friday,” which is based on the 1972 Mary Rodgers novel of the same name, Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan star as Tess and Anna, a feuding mother-daughter duo who wake up in one another’s bodies after eating fortune cookies the night before. To make matters worse, they both have life-changing events on the horizon — Tess’s impending marriage to her fiancé and Anna’s band’s audition at the House of Blues.
From “Reflection” to “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” 1998’s “Mulan” was filled with a bunch of bangers that have long stood the test of time. On top of having a stellar soundtrack, the animated flick also boasts a message of female empowerment — Mulan joins the Chinese military in her injured father’s place in an effort to protect him and honor her family. With the help of her sidekick dragon, Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy), she trains with the other recruits — all of whom are male — to defend her country from the impending Hun invasion.
Name a more iconic Disney film of the aughts… we’ll wait. In addition to being the most commercially successful Disney Channel Original Movie, 2006’s “High School Musical” felt like a cultural reset. From releasing infectious tracks like “What I’ve Been Looking For” and “Breaking Free” to launching A-list stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens to international fame, the first installment of the “HSM” series marked a major moment in every musical- and teen-romance-loving youth. To this day, it’s one of our favorites!
There was a girl I knew / who always wanted to / be the one to stand out from the crowd! Excuse us while we belt out the lyrics to “Drama Queen (That Girl).” By 2004, Lindsay Lohan was well on her way to conquering the big screen and “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” merely solidified that. In the musical comedy — which is based on the 1999 Dylan Sheldon novel of the same name — Lindsay plays Lola Steppe, a (somewhat delusional) New York City teen who dreams of becoming a Broadway actress. Her aspirations are halted, however, when her big city life gets downsized after her family relocates to suburban New Jersey. The next best thing? Becoming the most popular girl in school, which does not sit well with reigning queen bee Carla Santini (played by Megan Fox).
Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind… or forgotten! There are a lot of reasons to love 2002’s “Lilo & Stitch,” but perhaps one of the most universal is the way in which it defines family. Sure, it can be obvious and include your sister or brother — but it can also be the people (or extraterrestrial, dog-looking creatures, in this case) you let into your life; the ones that have a lasting, profound impact on you. Lilo and Stitch’s bond is unmatched. Period.
Steven Spielberg and Robin Williams? Talk about a collaboration! 1991’s “Hook” has long been a favorite among Disney aficionados and rightfully so. After his children are taken by familiar foe — Captain Hook (played by Dustin Hoffman) — Peter Banning (Robin) must revisit the parts of his past he left behind like his mystical roots, Neverland and companions Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys, in order to save them.
An elite high school where students’ superhero potential is unlocked and nurtured sounds exciting in theory, right? Well, not quite! In 2005’s “Sky High,” Michael Angarano stars as teenager Will Stronghold who, after being selected to join an advanced class for promising pupils, begins to fall for fellow classmate Gwen (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who’s showing equal interest in him. However, Gwen’s ulterior motives soon come to light — she’s getting close to Will as a means of exacting revenge on his superhero father, who defeated her supervillain mother.
While there’s no shortage of sports dramas out there, there’s something particularly affecting about 2000’s “Remember the Titans.” The film, which stars Denzel Washington as real life coach Herman Boone, chronicles his experience leading a recently integrated high school football team in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971.
In 2002’s “Double Teamed,” Poppi Monroe and Annie McElwain star as real-life identical twin basketball players Heather and Heidi Burge. After transferring to Palos Verdes High School and being recruited to play on the basketball team because of their height, the girls must balance their father’s pressure tactics to ensure they succeed on the court, the difficulties of acclimating to a new environment and their growing sister rivalry.
The year was 2008 and majorly obsessed Jonas Brothers fans waited with bated breath for the release of the highly anticipated, swoon-worthy television film starring the aforementioned trio — “Camp Rock.” The movie, which starred siblings Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas and Kevin Jonas and introduced then-newcomer Demi Lovato to audiences, chronicled the experience of aspiring teen singer-songwriter Mitchie Torres, who attends a summer music camp where she meets the spoiled but gifted Shane Gray (Joe). In just a matter of weeks, Mitchie manages to find her sense of self and the guy of her dreams. Sure, the film is pretty predictable — but does that make it any less wonderful? We think not.
While it perhaps isn’t among the most popular Disney flicks, we genuinely believe it to be one of the best! 1995’s “A Goofy Movie” follows Goofy as he attempts to bond with his teenage son, Max, on a cross-country fishing trip that — unfortunately — goes terribly wrong. Their struggling father-son bond isn’t the only area of concern. Max, in an effort to capture the affections of his longtime crush, Roxanne, made the mistake of telling her he has connections and would be on stage with music sensation Powerline at his upcoming concert!
It’s not everyday that you see a teenage superhero who looks like you! 2006’s “Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior” stars Brenda Song as the titular teen whose life is drastically changed when she finds out she’s actually a reincarnated Yin Warrior. With her destiny revealed, Wendy must do everything in her power to stop a diabolical dragon who intends to bring about the apocalypse.
This one’s a classic. 1992’s “The Mighty Ducks” stars Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay, an impetuous and unreliable lawyer who’s forced to coach a children’s hockey team as part of his community service after he’s charged with driving under the influence. What he doesn’t account for? Falling in love with the job. Fun fact — the National Hockey League named the Anaheim Mighty Ducks after the fictional team.
Based on the 1997 book of the same name, 1999’s “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” stars Kirsten Storms as 13-year-old Zenon Kar from the year 2049 who, as punishment, is sent to Earth where she’s forced to live with her aunt. While away from her space station abode, Zenon uncovers a duplicitous plan facilitated by one Parker Wyndham to endanger everyone back home. With the fate of her loved ones in her hands, Zenon must find a way to get home and save them all before it’s too late. Raven-Symoné also stars in the beloved DCOM!
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