It’s been 18 years since Hillary Duff broke into the Disney spotlight as the tween icon navigating the pangs of parents, crushes and junior high - aka Lizzie McGuire. While Disney was never a stranger when it came to curating content for children ambling into adulthood, programming blocks consisting of the likes of Lizzie McGuire, Even Stevens, and That’s So Raven paved the way for tween-age expression.
This past week at Disney’s venerated D23 Expo in Anaheim, it was officially announced that Hillz is making her return as the girl-next-door with an animated imagination on Disney+. While it makes for a fun surprise, this shouldn’t really come out of left field, considering the show birthed a full length feature movie that managed to pull in $55 million amongst an audience that couldn’t even drive themselves to the theater. Which by the way, doesn’t even account for the merchandising collected from straight-to-DVD movies, various soundtracks, backpacks and so on.
While details are scarce, we can safely assume that Lizzie will still be trying to help us make sense of the world, albeit, from a grownup perspective. Maybe this time she’ll be the parent trying to reason with an adolescent child of her own. Maybe Gordo will prove to be a successful filmmaker after all. Maybe her cartoon conscious will exchange teenage angst for 30-something cynicism. Regardless, it’s safe to say that Hillary/Lizzie will bring back the same charm that endeared us to her in the first place.
What do you think, though? Will the same crowd of 12-year-olds from two decades ago flock to Disney+ and prove the value of a "Lizzie reboot?" Also, what other shows from your childhood would you like to see updated for a mature audience? I don’t know about you, but I’m still waiting on that gritty adaptation of Duck Tails.