Taking a cue from shows like “Community” and “Supernatural,” Disney decided to taste a piece of the meta pie. Their guinea pig? The “Hannah Montana” series finale. So how did it work out?
Well, the meta ending ultimately wasn’t used when the finale aired on Jan. 16, but it is featured in the extras of the “Hannah Montana: Forever” Disney DVD (and now, YouTube). Even we have to admit that it’s kind of confusing.
The scene cuts from Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) and her best friend Lilly (Emily Osment) hugging goodbye at the airport to a little girl playing with a doll (singing a song about Miley Cyrus becoming a rock star). It turns out, it’s 6 year-old Miley Cyrus. Yes, Miley Cyrus, not Stewart.
It gets weirder. Soon, Cyrus’ real-life parents Billy Ray and Tish come in to put her to bed. Obviously, Billy Ray has played her father, Robby-Ray, throughout the entire series, but Tish never played her mother: Brooke Shields did.
When they tuck her into bed, she says she’s going to be a big star one day just like her daddy. Our guess? It’s supposed to be that Hannah Montana was a dream Cyrus had when she was little and all the characters were just made up.
Remember when everyone thought that’s how “Lost” would end — it was all a dream? Pretty trippy for the Disney Channel, right?
We’re pretty sure Disney’s target demographic would have been thoroughly confused by this ending. What do you think of the alternate ending?