Halloweentown (film series)
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Poster for the first film.
|Directed by||Duwayne Dunham (1)
Mary Lambert (2)
Mark A.Z. Dippé (3)
David S. Jackson (4)
|Starring||Kimberly J. Brown
|Distributed by||Disney Channel|
|Release dates||1: October 17, 1998
2: October 12, 2001
3: October 8, 2004
4: October 20, 2006
|Running time||336 minutes|
Halloweentown proposes that fantasy beings such as Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, Trolls, Ogres, Pumpkin Heads (a race of people with jack-o'-lanterns for heads), Skeletons, Goblins, Humanoids with varying numbers of heads, Humanoids with varying number of limbs, and Humanoids with varying number of sensory organs are real, but have separated themselves from Earth's history to escape humans' fear and persecution. These characters created their own community, Halloweentown, a thousand years ago in an alternate universe.
Travel between Halloweentown and the ordinary, historical world (which Halloweentown residents call "The Mortal World") is only possible with magical aid, and only at regulated times (on Halloween), until the portal seals at midnight. The events of the second film create a less restricted travel channel, and events of the third film breach the gap even more.
It is stated that many of the traditions of Halloween in the Mortal World are parallels based on regular traditions in Halloweentown. An example of this is how mortals wear costumes that mimic the creatures of Halloweentown, and are often depicted as being more frightening than they are naturally. In Halloweentown, the residents dress up every day, and most are much friendlier than humans generally depict them.
Although magic is present in many of the details of daily life of Halloweentown, it appears that only a limited number of persons actually practice or control magic. These people are mainly human, and are called witches (female) and warlocks (male). These beings appear human, but possess some sort of biological extra-sensory ability which allows them to harness magic unlike their "mortal" counterparts. Magic is also hereditary in their families.
The Halloweentown movies concern episodes in the lives of the Cromwell-Piper family. The family matriarch, Agatha Cromwell, has been a pillar of Halloweentown society for centuries. Her daughter, Gwen Piper, married a mortal and chose to leave Halloweentown for a life in the Mortal World. At the time of the movies, she is apparently widowed. She has decided to raise her three children (Marnie, Dylan, and Sophie) apart from magic, and thus rejects contact with Halloweentown and the influence of her mother.
Cast and characters
|Halloweentown||Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge||Halloweentown High||Return to Halloweentown|
|Marnie Piper||Kimberly J. Brown||Sara Paxton|
|Aggie Cromwell||Debbie Reynolds||Debbie Reynolds
Sara Paxton (young)
|Gwen Piper||Judith Hoag|
|Dylan Piper||Joey Zimmerman|
|Sophie Piper||Emily Roeske|
|Luke||Phillip Van Dyke|
|Harriet||Judith M. Ford|
|Ethan Dalloway||Lucas Grabeel|
|Edgar Dalloway||Michael Flynn|
|Principal Phil Flanagan||Clifton Davis|
|Pete||Todd Michael Schwartzman|
|Silas Sinister||Keone Young|
|Chancellor Goodwin||Leslie Wing|
|Professor Precilla Persimmon Periwinkle||Millicent Martin|
|Dr. Grogg||Scott Stevenson|
|Burp-Urp-Snurt-Pfsfsfsfst III||Christopher Miller|