Today isn’t just January 20th. It also happens to be the eight-year anniversary of Disney Channel’s High School Musical! The now legendary music first hit the airwaves on January 20, 2006 and launched the careers of many a movie stars.
We know the feeling, Troy.
Did your life just flash before your eyes? Are you suddenly feeling really old? I know I am.
I still remember the day I first laid eyes on East High’s Wildcats: I was in eighth grade, and my best friend and I had a party to watch it on TV. At that time, nobody knew who Zac Efron or Vanessa Hudgens were. Personally, I just liked musicals and was excited for a teen musical! I remember later in the week hearing a popular girl in class singing the songs and thinking “oh my goodness other people watched it too?!” And you know, the cast and crew were probably thinking the same thing when they saw the ratings and got amazing fan feedback.
Now this was before the days of Twitter and Tumblr. People barely had cell phones and I recorded the movie on a VHS tape when it first aired, but it managed to have a huge fan base nonetheless. Those fans have grown with the actors and the movies over the years. They got a High School Musical 2 on Disney Channel a year later (in the summer of 2007), and then the thrill and excitement of High School Musical 3: Senior Year in theatres in 2008.
For all the nostalgia you need on an anniversary, here are some classic moments from High School Musical.
It really was a the start of something new
Nobody expected the movie to be as popular as it was, let alone become a huge franchise.
Can we take a moment to remember how cute this part was?
Taking selfies before there was such a thing as selfies
Yeah, you’re not the only one Chad
Sharpay and Ryan’s warm ups before a performance
The boy was just flirting with you. Couldn’t you cut him a break? Plus, he bakes!
One of the funniest moments in the movie. Can you say, “bromance?”
That moment when the jocks supported the drama club, brings a tear to my eye
They’re so sweet!
Sharpay is just too good for everyone. God forbid someone else tries out for the lead
Including her brother
And of course the best moment is when Troy and Gabriella finally get their moment to sing for everyone
You’d be lying if you said you didn’t watch the dance-a-long version and try to learn all these moves (yes, I still randomly burst out into this song and dance)
“Once a wildcat, always a wildcat.”
Do you remember watching it for the first time? What are your favourite moments from High School Musical?