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Here Are 15 Disney Channel Original Movie Facts That Are So Crazy, You Might Not Believe Them

Did you know Whitney Houston worked as a producer on The Cheetah Girls?

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1. Disney Channel Original Movies are usually filmed in three months or less, which is much shorter than a typical movie's production time.

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Read It And Weep screenwriters Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio said, "You can have three months, but I think we did that in a couple of weeks from the time we wrote it to the time they were shooting."

2. Troy Bolton's iconic song "Bet On It" from High School Musical 2 took six days to film.

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During the number, Zac Efron was actually hitting painted tennis balls, not golf balls, so that he wouldn't hurt any of the crew members or equipment.

3. Whitney Houston worked as a producer on The Cheetah Girls and The Cheetah Girls 2.

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Houston also executive produced The Cheetah Girls soundtracks.

4. LeVar Burton, best known for his work on Star Trek and Reading Rainbow, directed Smart House.

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He directed the DCOM while on break from filming Star Trek: The Next Generation.


5. Jared Padalecki was reportedly almost cast as Kal in Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge.

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Daniel Kountz, who ended up playing Kal, revealed in an interview that he ran into the future Supernatural star during one of his auditions.

6. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century is actually based on a series of best-selling illustrated books.

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The first book is based on Zenon, a girl who lives in outer space on a space station and gets sent to Earth to visit her grandparents for the summer.


9. In The Even Stevens Movie, Jim Wise, who played Coach Tugnut, was almost knocked unconscious when all of the spaghetti fell on his head.

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In an interview, Wise said that because the spaghetti was cooked, the weight of it on his head was unimaginable.

10. In High School Musical, all of the actors that were on the Wildcats basketball team, including Zac Efron and Corbin Bleu, had to go through basketball auditions before booking their roles.

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Each cast member had to go through acting, music, and dance auditions.

11. Originally, Disney Channel was hesitant to show Larry and Frances kissing at the end of Don’t Look Under the Bed, but the director fought to keep it in.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Kenneth Johnson said, "Disney was concerned about having a black boy kiss a white girl. They asked me to do it a couple of different ways, including 
not really at all. 
I fought for it."

12. Also, Don't Look Under the Bed was Disney Channel's first original movie to be rated PG.

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Director Kenneth Johnson said, "There were a number of meetings where we’d talked about the tone and what [Disney] wanted 
it to be — scary 
but not too scary."


13. Although both Christy Carlson Romano and Hilary Duff were starring in hit Disney Channel series at the time, the duo didn't meet until they were on set for Cadet Kelly.

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Romano said in an interview that they got "to know one another and become friendly during the rehearsal process. She's like a little sister."

14. In Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, the extras in the crowd during the final battle of the bands were all Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato fans.

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The extras were found when the Jonas Brothers and Lovato tweeted about needing extras. Within three minutes, 60,000 people had applied for the 1,500 slots.

15. While a Kim Possible live-action movie is now in the works, there were plans to make Kim Possible: So The Drama live-action, but it was eventually turned into Disney Channel's first official animated film.

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Plans for a live-action movie actually came about when a script was written between Season 1 and Season 2.