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|Written by||Melissa Gould
|Directed by||Stuart Gillard|
|Theme music composer||John Van Tongeren|
|Running time||86 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||October 14, 2005|
|Followed by||Twitches Too (2007)|
Twitches is a 2005 Disney Channel Original Movie, is based on the popular Twitches book series published by Scholastic Press. Produced by Broomsticks Productions Limited, the film stars Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry as Alexandra Fielding and Camryn Barnes, respectively. On its premiere night, Twitches scored over 7 million viewers – the best Disney Channel Original Movie ratings at that time. The movie drew 21.5 million viewers in four airings on its first weekend and was the week's most popular cable program. A sequel, Twitches Too, aired on October 12, 2007, as a part of Disney Channel's Hauntober Fest.
In the magical land of Coventry, the royal witch Miranda gives birth to identical twin daughters on the night of Halloween. The sisters are named Apolla and Artemis after the Olympian twins Apollo and Artemis, the gods of the Sun and Moon, respectively; in accordance with their namesake, Apolla wears an amulet in the shape of the sun and Artemis wears an amulet in the shape of the moon. Their father Aron DuBaer, a powerful warlock, transfers the entirety of his magical powers to protect them from an evil entity known as the Darkness and is killed in the process. Karsh and Ileana assume the task of protecting the twins and flee to a non-magical dimension known as Earth to give them up for adoption. Apolla is adopted by a wealthy couple who name her Camryn Elizabeth Barnes, while Artemis is adopted by a single mother and is named Alexandra "Alex" Nicole Fielding. Alex grows up to be an night owl and stays up until the moon sets, writing about the chronicles of magical twin sisters, unaware that her stories are true. She shares a single bedroom with her close friend Lucinda, after mother passes away a few months prior to her 21st birthday. Meanwhile, Camryn is a passionate artist and a lark, who wakes up at sunrise to sketch realistic pictures; unbeknownst to her, the images she creates are of Miranda and her homeland Coventry. She is spoiled and outgoing, unlike her quiet and reclusive sister; however, the duo share the traits of kindness and intelligence.
On their 21st birthday, Camryn and her best-friend Beth decide to shop, while Alex tries to look for a job. After Karsh and Ileana manipulate Alex into entering the store where Camryn is trying on clothes, the sisters finally encounter each other. Although Camryn is overjoyed to discover Alex, the latter flees the store, prompting the former to grasp her hand. As their magic is released, they discover that they share a sisterly bond and attempt to understand each other. Karsh and Ileana reveal themselves to the twins and inform them about their magical background, after which Alex realizes that her stories about Coventry are true. According to an old prophecy, the sisters are responsible for extinguishing the Darkness and restoring Coventry. As she has the gift of knowledge, Alex refuses to help fulfill the prophecy because her stories end with death. Camryn manages to convince Alex to stay, assuring her that they are unstoppable together, and the two practice their magical powers as they bond. They dub themselves Twitches, deriving the name from the words twin and witches.
In the meantime, Miranda senses that her daughters are alive and informs their uncle Thantos, whom she married after Aron's death. The Darkness arrives at Alex's apartment, but the sisters manage to transport themselves to Coventry, and the experience overwhelms Camryn. Despite her sister's pleas, she decides that she does not want to venture further into their destiny. She leaves to participate in her costume birthday party on Earth. Alex, determined to help Coventry without her sister, reunites with Miranda and meets Thantos, who informs her that if Camryn is alone, she is powerless against the Darkness. At her party, due to the gift of sight, Camryn realizes that Thantos is responsible for the Darkness, and she escapes to Coventry after Karsh and Ileana sacrifice themselves to help her. As she reveals her uncle's crimes to Miranda and Alex, Thantos arrives and admits to killing his brother Aron in an attempt to acquire wealth and power. The twins combine their magic of light and love to destroy him and restore Coventry, simultaneously reviving Karsh and Ileana. They then celebrate their birthday on Earth, alongside Miranda and Camryn's adoptive parents, David and Emily.
- Tia Mowry as Alexandra 'Alex' Nicole Fielding (born Artemis DuBaer)
- Tamera Mowry as Camryn Elizabeth Barnes (born Apolla DuBaer)
- Kristen Wilson as Miranda DuBaer
- Patrick Fabian as Thantos DuBaer
- Jennifer Robertson as Ileana WarBurton
- Pat Kelly as Karsh WarBurton
- Jessica Greco as Lucinda Carmelson
- Jackie Rosenbaum as Beth Fish
- Arnold Pinnock as David Barnes
- Karen Holness as Emily Barnes
- Jessica Feliz as Nicole Carmelson
- David Ingram as Aron DuBaer
The filmmakers wanted to cast twin actors for the twin witches. They found Tia and Tamera Mowry. Originally, Tia was supposed to play Camryn and Tamera was supposed to play Alex, but the two wanted their roles to be switched.
For the first few days of filming, the cast and crew had a hard time telling TIA and Tamera apart. Green screens, special effects and wind machines were used to simulate the magic tricks used throughout the movie. Special effects were used to create the magic tricks performed through the movie. Green screens had multiple uses when filming. They were used to simulate the transitions between Earth and Coventry, the moon and the sun on the same horizon in Coventry, and (with the inclusion of a wind machine) the Darkness' presence.
- R. Thomas Umstead (October 22, 2007). Disney Scares Up Viewers. Multichannel.com. Accessed 2008-10-11.
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