Freshman Matthew Friestad watches the Disney movie, Ariel.
Freshman Matthew Friestad watches the Disney movie, “Ariel.” Photo: Eden Kerker

When flipping through Disney Channel, many kids of this generation are disappointed by the TV shows airing today. “Shows like ‘Lab Rats’ and ‘Dog With a Blog’ have taken over Disney Channel,” said senior Laura Shelton. “I think Disney Channel has definitely gone downhill in the last couple of years.” Some people say that the acting has gotten way worse, whereas others complain that the new plots are considered cringeworthy. “It just seems like they are getting lazy,” said sophomore Joe Hirsch.

To this day, the songs from “Hannah Montana” and “High School Musical” are still sung word for word by the kids who watched them years ago. “Just hearing the introduction to ‘Best of Both Worlds,’ I start singing along like I saw the TV show yesterday,” said sophomore Calla Kaminsky. “Now they are trying too hard to make the TV stars sing and their songs just aren’t good or catchy anymore.”

People even complain about the commercial breaks that Disney has recently changed. “I miss when they had that glowing wand and said ‘I’m Selena Gomez from ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ and you’re watching Disney Channel,” said junior Presley Marxmiller. “Now they just make it boring and show a video of clouds and say ‘wow that cloud looks like a pig.’”

Although the TV shows are a disappointment to many, there aren’t that many complaints about the Disney movies. “The movies aren’t as bad as the TV shows, they just aren’t as good as they once were,” said freshman Charlotte Little. “I think they need to hop back on animation because stuff like ‘Kim Possible’ and ‘Bambi’ were amazing.” Disney first started out by creating ‘Mickey Mouse Cartoon Shorts’ in between commercials. “I am a big fan of their animations,” said Spanish teacher Paula Pontes. “My favorite movie is ‘Snow White’ because it was their first animated film in 1937.”

When the actual Disney Channel first launched in 1983, their original concept was to air movies, shows and specials aimed at the entire family, not just kids. Early audiences loved Mickey Mouse. But because of the new shows like “Austin and Ally,” Mickey was moved to “Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse” designed for younger kids in their preschool years. “It might be because we have just gotten a lot older, but the Disney we had when we were younger was much better than it is today,” said senior Prashanth Kumar.