The 25 Best Disney Channel Original Movies

23. The Cheetah Girls (August 15, 2003)

Director: Oz Scott
Stars: Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, Sabrina Bryan
Lesson Learned: Name your child something catchy like Aquanette or Chandelier and they'll be famous!

The Cheetah Girls is a Limited, Too shopper's fantasy. It's a pair of clear pumps and testosterone away from being the prequel to Too Wong Foo. It looks like what Ke$ha's childhood dreams may have been like, before she got her hands on a bottle of Jack. Which basically made the movie a glittery explosion we just couldn't look away from. And it spawned two sequels and a double-platinum soundtrack, which has to count for something.

Strip away all the glitter and animal print and you have the story of a singing foursome, all given names that eerily predate RuPaul's Drag Racecontestants (namely Galleria, Aquanette, Dorinda and Chanel). After being discovered at a local talent show, the girls sign to a major record label and go through the ups and downs of developing into worldwide superstars.

Pop music historians, take note: The Cheetah Girls single-handedly resurrected the career of two 3LW singers, most notably Rob Kardashian's future ex, Adrienne Bailon. —TA

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