The way we consume media is vastly different than how we did so 15 to 20 years ago. In 2021, streaming services have become king, with the likes of HBO Max and Netflix supplying viewers with all of their TV and movie needs at a reasonable monthly rate. Not to mention, YouTube and similar sites allow all kinds of media to creep their way in front of our eyes, predominantly for free. As a result, plain old cable television has shrunk substantially, especially when it comes to children’s programming.
These days, kids have every show and movie they could want at their fingertips. However, way back when, it was up to a small handful of networks to keep the youngsters occupied, one of the most prominent being the Disney Channel. This station is where sitcoms like “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “Hannah Montana,” and more got their footing, alongside broadcasts of the latest cinematic Disney efforts. Of course, when running down the history of the Disney Channel, one would be remiss not to bring up its plethora of original movies.
Disney Channel’s original film library has been expanding for decades and continues to do so to this very day. However, only one title can lay claim to being the first of the bunch, even though it isn’t often discussed all these years later.