This article contains major spoilers. Although…could I really spoil what happens in a film released 11 years ago?
If you grew up watching Disney Channel in the early 2000’s, you’d agree with me that it was the golden era for the Disney Channel Original Movies. It brought us classics such as The Cheetah Girls and High School Musical, which are probably still the best movie franchises to come out of the network. But if we’re talking about favorites, one always stood out the most for me and I thought it would be the perfect movie to talk about this month.
Disney Channel released its 50th original movie entitled Pixel Perfect in 2004. The film follows an all-girl band called The Zetta Bytes who want to make it big in the music scene. The problem is, the band doesn’t have a “wow factor” to them. After an audition, they were told that for them to succeed, they should have a lead singer who can dance and perform really well. Their genius friend Roscoe (Ricky Ullman), creates a humanoid hologram called Loretta Modern (Spencer Redford) to be just what they need. She sings, she dances, and she can practically think on her own. Although just like any other AI character in any film, she wants to know what it’s like to be a real person. Not to mention, Roscoe’s best friend and lead guitarist of the band Sam (Leah Pipes) isn’t really fond of Loretta and the whole idea of using holograms; but that’s just because she’s secretly jealous of her.
I haven’t seen this film since I was about seven years old and I’ve been wanting to see it again for so long. Luckily, my friend found me a copy and I have never felt more excited to watch a television film. Seeing this movie after a long time gave so much of a throwback to my childhood. I can't believe I wasn't attracted to Ricky Ullman before. And even though I've seen better movie plots and whatnot, I still got overly excited every time a familiar scene came on.
I love this particular scene at the end of the movie when Loretta was nowhere to be found so Sam steps in to pretend to be her at a show, but that resulted to her falling off the stage because she tried to do a cartwheel. As she was confined in the hospital, Loretta suddenly pops in and goes inside the machine which connects to Sam's brain. Sam suddenly wakes up but Loretta has taken over her body. She goes outside the hospital running in the rain and it turns out Sam let Loretta take over because she wanted her to experience being a real human for once and she knew Loretta always wanted to feel the rain. After that, Loretta left her body and was gone forever.
It's super cheesy when you think about it but it actually made me cry.
The story's brilliant, the characters are cute, and overall it's such a feel good movie. Plus, the songs are so catchy that you might find yourself singing along to them even after a decade. Although it wasn't as exciting or great as I thought it was before, it's still one of the best and unique Disney Channel Movies I've ever seen.
Now I'm off to Google more about Ricky Ullman and where he is now.
- Reign Gonzales
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