Lets give Kim Possible, Jake Long and Phil a real Christmas gift
Jingle bells, Jingle bells is it already that time of the season again? Don’t mind me, I’m still trying to figure out what happened to summer to get this really rude awaken this morning to the sight of snow again. Which can only mean two things, either we’re having some really freaky weather in summer time or it’s fast approaching Christmas again and summer has just ran on by as usual.
Yup I dare say it Phil has got me hooked. I’m usually not a fan of anything Disney Channel does, especially nothing Disney Channel does live. Case in point Hanna Montana, I couldn’t and still can’t even sit through one episode of Hanna Montana even though I’m a huge Billy Ray Cyrus fan as I use to watch “Doc” all the time. But Hanna Montana along with the rest of Disney’s live action line-up is so full of cheese that if we could just utilize all that unwanted cheese from all of Disney Channel’s live teen comedies, we could turn it all into the biggest Cheese pizza in the world, enough to feed all the starving nations out there. We probably would still have enough cheese left over to make heaping full trays of Lasagna and grill cheese sandwiches. Even the primetime Emmy Awards seem to love good quality American cheese as they voted Disney’s live action series Wizards of Waverly Place Outstanding Children’s Program in 2009. Gotta love that cheese, Disney should consider partnering with Kraft, as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner is the cheesiest, and at the same time so are all of Disney Channel’s live teen comedies. It would make for a great sponsorship. I even got a great slogan for Disney. “All the Cheese you can watch and eat at the same time.”
Now unfortunately I was so tied up with all the cheesiness of Disney Channel’s situation teen comedies that I let a gem like Phil of the Future skip my radar. I categorized it in with all the rest of the recycled material Disney Channel loves to feed to its core audience of cheese lovers out there. When in fact I was wrong, and I regret not standing up for this truly cute teen comedy when Disney Channel cancelled it.
Phil of the Future isn’t without its cheese as it’s still a Disney Channel live action program aimed at what Disney thinks is all mindless puppets out there that’ll watch anything they put on Disney Channel no matter how many times its been recycled or how cheesy (corny should be the word) it is. But Phil of the Future has a soft spot too it and that’s like Kim and Ron and Jake and Rose, it has chemistry between the two main characters Phil and Keely.
I never meant to even sit through one episode of Phil of the Future, but all joking aside I really couldn’t find my remote when the show came on and while looking around for it to change the channel, I kinda of got intrigued with the performances of Ricky Ullman (Phil) and Alyson Michalka (Keely) and the on screen chemistry the two had. It’s rare when you can find someone on Disney Channel that can actually act, but Ricky and Alyson caught my eye and I forgot about looking for the remote and just started to watch the show. It’s sad that Disney executives are so busy trying to plug Miley Cyrus and now Selena Gomez and the Jonas brothers while overlooking true talent in the form of Ricky Ullman and Alyson Michalka. And I’m sure I’ll get a back lashing from supporters of Selena, Miley, and the Jonas brothers but true talent shines within those who have it, and you can market someone with limited or no talent as much as you want, but in the end like a fine diamond in the rough, true talent doesn’t need to be polished and moulded over like in the case of Miley, as I’m not a big fan of Miley’s acting, but I do give her Kudos for wanting to be herself and not just what Disney wants her too be.
What I’m trying to get at if any Disney executive ever decided to read this or even listen to what so many of us have been trying to tell them. Is what true loyal Disney fans like me and so many of us out there want is for our favorite shows to get a second chance at life. Disney has the means and the money to make this happen, yet time after time they simply refuse to listen to their fans. The very people that put bread and butter on their table, it’s these fans including myself that buy Disney merchandise, and go to Disney parks and buy Disney DVD’s as yes Disney executives I’m going to buy “Beauty and the Beast” DVD for Christmas, again supporting the great Walt Disney company while being totally ignored in the process.
All we ask for from Disney executives this Christmas is to show a little charity and compassion for the Kim Possible fans out there, the American Dragon, Jake Long fans and the Phil of the Future fans and consider renewing these quality shows, or at least continue to make Disney Channel original movies with Kim Possible, American Dragon and I’d like to see the continuation of what happens between Phil and Keely as the series finale left many holes in it, as did the series finale of Kim Possible with “Graduation” and American Dragon, Jake Long with “The Hong Kong Longs” and what was really sad for American Dragon fans was that Disney was going to do a third and fourth season but then decided not too. Sad just straight up sad especially in this festive holiday season when we should be kind to one and other; Disney has been a straight up Scrooge.
As usual I’d be surprised and astonished if Disney executives would finally take notice of the Kim Possible, American Dragon and Phil of the Future fans out there and do something really noble and renew all three series. That would be the best Christmas present Disney could ever give to the Kim Possible fans, American Dragon fans and Phil of the Future fans. But until that happens and I’m hoping sometime soon Disney will be touched by the miracle of Christmas and this festive holiday season, the fight to get these quality shows back on the air will continue onwards. As I take a chapter out of another classic Christmas cartoon, “A Flinstone Christmas” where Wilma talks to Pebbles about HOPE, and it’s a truly touching talk as is the song from the television movie “Hope is like a Christmas Tree.” Hope is what we have and hope is what we will continue to believe in, as even Hope believes in Santa Claus.