Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was an instant classic on Disney Channel and an unforgettable glimpse at a potential future for all of us here at Oh My Disney, and certainly many others who first watched it in 1999. We can’t name a single person who didn’t watch it and instantly wish they lived on a “spay stay.” Zenon’s space fashions? Iconic. Nebula’s hair? Also iconic. Aunt Judy? Literal queen of our hearts forever.
One of the best parts of Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was the future it portrayed: one where teens could be raised on a space station and literally have never visited Earth before, where boy bands could be blasted to outer space to play concerts, where everyone wears pink and silver and teal all. the. time. It was also surprisingly good at predicting the future! Here are 5 things Zenon got right:
Mobile video chat
We can honestly say that when we first saw Zenon use this fantastical device, we never thought we’d live to see the day where video chatting while on the go was a reality! Lo and behold, less than 20 years later, we can video chat almost whenever we want. The future is now, people!
People living on space stations
The first group of people ever to live on a space station in real life did so in the year 2000, so that was probably already in development by the time this movie came out, but it still feels like we are creeping ever closer to Zenon’s reality as time goes by.
The continued relevance of pop boy bands
While the late ‘90s were the heyday of pop boy bands, would you have guessed that 20 years into the future they would still be a thing, let alone 50 years?
Education via hologram
Holograms have been popping up all over in the past decade, from concerts to awards shows and now … schools?! That’s right, there have been reports in the past year of schools teaching their students via hologram, just like Zenon! We can’t believe this is a reality!
Colorful leggings coming back into style
You thought colorful leggings were a relic of the ‘80s and ‘90s? Think again! These days, leggings come in more colors and patterns than ever before, and there is no doubt that they will remain in the zeitgeist long into the future, because they are equal parts comfortable and fun.
Now excuse us while we go listen to “Super Nova Girl” over and over, as it is still a bop! What else do you remember Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century predicting correctly? If you want to rewatch this iconic movie right now, you can purchase it here.
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