Some of the strangest films ever to come out of Walt Disney Studios were Disney Channel Original Films released at the turn of the century. Disney Channel seemed to think that kids secretly wanted to be mythical creatures. Like this film in which the titular character discovered that he was half merman.
Lucky for him he was such a good swimmer! And what boy didn't want to secretly be a leprechaun? Disney Channel had that covered as well.
The trend would be short lived and soon the cable channel would begin tackling more realistic topics, like being a secret superstar, hiding the fact that one is half-witch or depicting basketball players who like to sing and dance.