Film: Tiger Cruise
Tiger Cruise is a Disney Channel Original Movie from 2004, starring Hayden Panettiere and Bill Pullman (Hayden's brother Jansen and Jennette McCurdy also appear); despite the title and the channel, it's not about animals but rather set aboard a cruise for military families. That's just what the US Navy actually calls these things, for reasons lost on any not scholars of military jargon. Maddie (Panettiere) is a teenage girl who wants her Navy father (Pullman) to give up the life of a commander and stay at home... but during the cruise, the September 11 attacks on New York City take place, impacting all on board and causing Maddie to rethink her views.This movie sticks out like a sore thumb among the usual kind of Disney Channel Original Movie, which may explain why it's rarely been shown on the channel and has yet to receive a video release in any form (see also No Export for You on the Trivia page).
This movie contains examples of:
- Broken Aesop: "Family Before Work". And it is the Aesop the film practically starts out with.
- The Cast Showoff: There are two people with the surname "Panettiere" in the movie, and one of them performs the song over the closing credits. Guess which one.
- Content Warnings: Atypically for the Disney Channel, this film got them because of its subject matter. The ad above includes one.
- Cool Big Sis: Grace, Tina's older sister, who's also a pilot; Maddie after a bit of Character Development.
- Cool Ship: The U.S.S. Constellation.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Maddie after coming around to how important her father's duty to his country really is.
- Eagleland: Type 1. Boy is it ever Type 1.
- A Father to His Men: Maddie's dad.
- Insistent Terminology: Maddie is not a brat!
- Locked Out of the Loop: The Tiger Cruise passengers on the September 11 attacks, much to their frustration.
- Made-for-TV Movie
- Military Brat: All of the Tiger Cruise kids. Maddie despises the name.
- Mood Whiplash/Wham Moment: Utilizing one of the biggest Real Life Wham Moments in living memory.
- Patriotic Fervor: The film got flak for this from some non-US viewers.
- Reality Ensues
- Society Marches On: For the most part, the blissfully positive protrayal of the War On Terror in the film can be a little jarring to modern-day viewers.
- Straw Character: Maddie is very much a straw pacifist to be 'set right' by what she witnesses on the cruise. By the end of the film, she has all but performed a 180 on her original views. Of course, many still argue that the straw girl had a point.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Maddie and Tina.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The actual Constellation really was between Pearl Harbor and San Diego on 9/11 on a normal tiger cruise at the end of its deployment.
- Violence Really Is the Answer: Maddie goes from a strawman pacifist to wholeheartedly supporting her dad's actions.
- The War on Terror: Even after just over 10 years, this movie hasn't aged well.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Maddie takes up to Tiger Cruise to confront her father with this very question.