Halloweentown (film series)

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"Halloweentown"
Directed byDuwayne Dunham (1)
Mary Lambert (2)
Mark A.Z. Dippé (3)
David Jackson (4)
StarringKimberly J. Brown
Joey Zimmerman
Emily Roeske
Debbie Reynolds
Judith Hoag
(More)
Distributed byDisney Channel
Release date
1: October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)
2: October 12, 2001
3: October 8, 2004
4: October 20, 2006
Running time
336 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Halloweentown is a series of fantasy Disney Channel Original Movies released by the Disney Channel between 1998 and 2006. It consists of four films: Halloweentown (1998), Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001), Halloweentown High (2004), and Return to Halloweentown (2006).

Background[edit]

Halloweentown proposes that fantasy beings such as witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, mummies, ghosts, trolls, ogres, zombies, 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. In the second film, they permanently open the portal between the mortal world and Halloweentown, 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.

Films[edit]

Halloweentown (1998)[edit]

In the first film, Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown), her brother Dylan (Joey Zimmerman), and her sister Sophie (Emily Roeske) discover they come from a family of witches.

Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)[edit]

Two years after the first film, an angry warlock named Kal (Daniel Kountz) has stolen a magic spell book and plans to turn everyone into the costume they're wearing at midnight on Halloween.

Halloweentown High (2004)[edit]

Two years after the second film, Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) organizes a student exchange program between her mortal school and Halloweentown High. The first students to participate in this program are a witch named Cassie (Eliana Reyes), a warlock named Ethan Dalloway (Lucas Grabeel), a troll named Natalie (Olesya Rulin), and an ogre named Chester (Clayton Taylor).

Return to Halloweentown (2006)[edit]

In the fourth film, Marnie Piper (Sara Paxton) arrives at the Halloweentown University, known to everyone as Witch U. The teachers have been waiting for her arrival to fulfill the prophecy.

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Films
Halloweentown Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Halloweentown High Return to Halloweentown
Aggie Cromwell Debbie Reynolds Debbie Reynolds
Sara Paxton
(young)
Marnie Piper Kimberly J. Brown Sara Paxton
Gwen Piper Judith Hoag
Dylan Piper Joey Zimmerman
Sophie Piper Emily Roeske
Luke Phillip Van Dyke
Benny Rino Romano Richard Side
Kalabar Robin Thomas
Harriet Judith M. Ford
Kal Daniel Kountz
Astrid Xandra Radley
Alex Peter Wingfield
Gort Blu Mankuma
Ethan Dalloway Lucas Grabeel
Edgar Dalloway Michael Flynn
Cody Finn Wittrock
Cassie Eliana Reyes
Principal Phil Flanagan Clifton Davis
Pete Todd Michael Schwartzman
Chester Jessie Harward
Natalie Olesya Rulin
Bobby Bob Lanoue
Scarlett Kristy Wu
Sage Katie Cockrell
Sapphire Kellie Cockrell
Silas Sinister Keone Young
Chancellor Goodwin Leslie Wing
Professor Precilla Persimmon Periwinkle Millicent Martin
Dr. Grogg Scott Stevenson
Aneesa Summer Bishil
Burp-Urp-Snurt-Pfsfsfsfst III Christopher Miller

Crew and other[edit]

Crew/Detail Halloweentown Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Halloweentown High Return to Halloweentown
Director(s) Duwayne Dunham Mary Lambert Mark A.Z. Dippé David Jackson
Producer(s) Ron Mitchell
Brian Pogue
Peter Lhotka Sheri Singer
Steve White
Sheri Singer
Don Schain
Writer(s) Paul Bernbaum
Jon Cooksey
Ali Matheson
Jon Cooksey
Ali Matheson
Paul Bernbaum
Daniel Berendsen
Paul Bernbaum
Max Enscoe
Annie DeYoung
Cinematographer(s) Michael Slovis Tony Westman Rob Neal Denis Maloney
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh Kenneth Burgomaster
Running time 84 minutes 81 minutes 83 minutes 88 minutes

Ratings[edit]

Film Ratings (in millions)
Halloweentown 3.4[1][2]
Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge 6.1[1][3][4]
Halloweentown High
Return to Halloweentown 7.5[1][5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Denise Martin (October 23, 2006). "Disney bewitches young aud". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Stacey Grant (March 7, 2016). "What Is The Best Disney Channel Original Movie of All Time? Vote Now". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Janice Rhoshalle (November 14, 2004). "When 'No Sex' Really Sells". Multichannel News. Retrieved October 5, 2018. Over those five showings, Halloweentown High delivered 22.6 million viewers, including 6.1 million for its premiere.
  4. ^ Matthew Dort (December 2, 2004). "Guest Column: State of the Disney Channel". laughingplace.com. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Kimberly Nordyke (October 24, 2006). "'Halloweentown' draws big audience". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Anthony Crupi (October 24, 2006). "Disney Beats ESPN to Lead Cable Ratings". AdWeek. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Mike Reynolds (October 30, 2015). "Disney Gets 'Halloweentown' Treat". Multichannel News. Archived from the original on November 26, 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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