The Disney Channel Original Movie Podcast

In which Eve and Matt revisit the Disney Channel Original Movies of their youth and find new meanings in these ancient texts. Subscribe on iTunes and change the way you think about DCOMs forever.

Discussion question

How does our extratextual knowledge of the actors (i.e., our awareness that two lead actors are brothers) affect our reading of Horse Sense? Contrast with our knowledge of the lack of a second Lohan sister in The Parent Trap.

DCOM Podcast #6: Genius 

The DCOM Podcast is back with Genius, the boringly-titled saga of a tween science whiz who can solve the mysteries of the universe but he can’t solve the mystery of popularity. Until he tries. Then it turns out he can. And then he learns how to fly. It’s our first ever episode that’s not about dads. Next up is Horse Sense, a movie I remember absolutely nothing about but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen. Keep an eye on this space for dissertation titles and discussion questions.


And the Crowd Goes Wild: Gender as Performance for an Imaginary Audience in Genius


It’s Not the Scar, It’s the Story: Bodies as Texts and the Trauma of Experience in Genius

Discussion Question

What exactly are the rules of hockey? Can you just switch jerseys because you feel like it? Can you put your equipment manager on the ice because you feel like it? Have the writers of Genius ever seen a game of hockey?


It’s Not the Scar, It’s the Story: The Semiotics of “Bad Boys”


The Other Me: Swapping Twins, Alter Egos, and the Fluidity of Adolescent Identities in Disney’s The Parent Trap and Genius

Essay Topic

Why does Genius, like Brink, give its protagonist a father with a back injury? Consider the two films’ treatment of disability in the context of the father-as-provider archetype. In what ways do these films’ fathers subvert or uphold traditional economic and literary conceptions of masculinity?


Do You Even Remember Our Mom?: The Absent Maternal in Disney Channel Original Movies

A dissertation comparing the dead yet highly present mother in Smart House with the living but offscreen mothers in Genius, positing that the two “science whiz” protagonists turn to technology to fill the hole left by their missing mothers