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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 contains examples of:

  • Broken Aesop: "Family Before Work", the aesop the film practically starts out with, is gradually superceded by the aesop that there is still hope for America after 9/11.
  • Content Warnings: Atypically for the Disney Channel, this film got them because of its subject matter. The ad opposite includes one.
  • Cool Big Sis: Grace, Tina's older sister, who's also a pilot; Maddie after a bit of Character Development.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Maddie after coming around to how important her father's duty to his country really is.
  • Eagleland: Boy is it ever Type 1. The tone the film goes with as it portrays the US armed forces is both deeply reverent and noticeably uncritical - in-keeping with the American post-9/11 idealism.
  • Military Brat: All of the Tiger Cruise kids. Maddie despises the name.