Escape to Witch Mountain


Escape to Witch Mountain

"Escape to Witch Mountain" is a science fiction novel written by Alexander Key in 1968. It was made into a film by Walt Disney Productions in 1975, directed by John Hough. A remake directed by Peter Rader was released in 1995. Another remake began pre-production in July 2007, set to be directed by Andy Fickman. The movie will begin filming in March 2008 and is set to release March 13, 2009.

Novel

The novel writen by Alexander H. Key is about two orphans, Tony and Tia, who have moderate paranormal abilities. Tony possesses the ability of telekinesis, though he can access it most readily through playing music, where as Tia can unlock any door by touch as well as communicate with animals. Whilst Tony can talk normally, Tia communicates via ultrasonic speech audible only to her brother Tony (and others of their kind). After their foster guardian, Mrs. Malone, dies, they are placed by social services in a juvenile detention home under grim, unwholesome conditions where Tia befriends a black cat, Winkie.

Both have suppressed memories of their past, but discover a clue — an old road map hidden in Tia's "star box", a leather purse-like box with a double-star design on it. When a man claiming to be the brother of their deceased father shows up at the detention center to take custody of them, they instinctively know he is not their uncle and has ulterior motives. With the assistance of an inner-city Irish priest, Father O'Day, the pair run away, following the map's route leading towards the Blue Ridge Mountains. As their memories begin to return, they realize that they are actually of extraterrestrial origin; their people having come to Earth because their own planet was dying. In the end, Tony and Tia find their way to their own people. When their would-be captor, Lucas Deranian, attempts to interrogate Father O'Day, the priest speaks to the effect that God is capable of creating many worlds and many peoples; that there are mysteries beyond Deranian's "narrow dreaming".

As with most of Alexander Key's stories, the embattled protagonists find that most of the people they meet are untrustworthy, greedy and hateful.

1975 film and sequels

In 1975, Walt Disney Productions released a film based on the novel, also entitled "Escape to Witch Mountain". In this film, Tony and Tia were played by Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards, and Lucas Deranian by Donald Pleasance. The film replaces the inner-city priest Father O'Day with Jason O'Day (played by Eddie Albert), a widower traveling in an RV who helps Tony and Tia get away from their pursuers. New major characters in the film who are not in the novel are millionaire Aristotle Bolt (Ray Milland), Deranian's employer who wants to obtain the children's powers, and Uncle Bené (Denver Pyle), the children's uncle whom they believe to have drowned in a long-ago accident. The film was one of Disney's most successful live-action films. ["Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made For Television" by Fraser A. Sherman, p. 64]

The film was followed by two sequels, the theatrically released "Return from Witch Mountain" (1978) and the 60-minute TV movie "Beyond Witch Mountain" (1982). Director Hough returned for "Return", as did Eisenmann, Richards and Pyle, but new villains Letha Wedge (Bette Davis) and Dr. Victor Gannon (Christopher Lee) took the place of Bolt and Deranian. The characters of Bolt, Deranian and O'Day returned in "Beyond Witch Mountain", but director Hough did not return, and no actor returned to their roles except for Albert. "Beyond" was intended as a TV pilot but the proposed series did not occur.

1995 film

2009 film

"Race to Witch Mountain" takes place 30 years after the events of the original 1975 film "Escape to Witch Mountain". The film is directed by Andy Fickman and stars Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, and Carla Gugino. Filming began in Los Angeles in March 2008. "Race to Witch Mountain" is scheduled to be released on March 13, 2009.

References

External links

* [http://www.deadendinternet.com/witchmountain/ The Witch Mountain Experience - An Extensive Fan Site]
* [http://www.tuffnet.co.uk/ike/ The Official Ike Eisenmann Site]
* [http://www.ldsfilm.com/movies/EscapeToWitchMountain.html How much was Alexander Key influenced by Zenna Henderson?]
* [http://everything2.com/e2node/Escape%2520to%2520Witch%2520Mountain/ Escape to Witch Mountain]
* [http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/publish/consumer/home/shows/escape_to_witch_mountain.html/ Escape to Witch Moutain] Hallmark Channel


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Escape to Witch Mountain —    Voir La Montagne ensorcelée …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

  • Escape to Witch Mountain (1975 film) — Infobox Film name = Escape to Witch Mountain image size = 200px caption = Promotional movie poster for the film director = John Hough producer = Ron Miller Jerome Courtland writer = Robert M. Young starring = Eddie Albert Ray Milland Donald… …   Wikipedia

  • Escape to Witch Mountain (1995 film) — Infobox Film name = Escape to Witch Mountain image size = caption = director = Peter Rader producer = Joan Van Horn Scott Immergut Les Mayfield George Zaloom writer = Alexander Key (novel) Robert M. Young (screenplay) Peter Rader (teleplay)… …   Wikipedia

  • Witch Mountain — may refer to:* Escape to Witch Mountain , a 1968 science fiction novel * Escape to Witch Mountain (1975 film), a 1975 film based on the novel * Return from Witch Mountain , a 1978 film that follows the 1975 film * Beyond Witch Mountain , a 1982… …   Wikipedia

  • Witch Mountain — La Montagne ensorcelée Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. La Montagne ensorcelée est le titre francophone du roman d Alexander Key : Escape to Wich Mountain. Ce roman a déjà fait l… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Race to Witch Mountain — Theatrical release poster Directed by Andy Fickman Produced …   Wikipedia

  • Race to Witch Mountain — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Race to Witch Mountain Título La montaña embrujada Ficha técnica Dirección Andy Fickman Producción Andrew Gunn Mario Iscovich Ann Marie Sanderlin …   Wikipedia Español

  • Return from Witch Mountain — Infobox Film name =Return from Witch Mountain caption =Return from Witch Mountain DVD case cover imdb id =0078158 writer =Malcolm Marmorstein, Alexander Key (characters) starring =Kim Richards Ike Eisenmann Bette Davis Christopher Lee Jack Soo… …   Wikipedia

  • Race to Witch Mountain — La Montagne ensorcelée (film, 2009) Pour les articles homonymes, voir La Montagne ensorcelée. La Montagne ensorcelée (ou La Course vers la Montagne ensorcelée au Québec ; Race to Witch Mountain) est un film d aventure et de science fiction… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Beyond Witch Mountain — Infobox Film name = Beyond Witch Mountain image size = caption = director = Robert Day producer = writer = narrator = starring = Tracey Gold, Andrew K. Freeman, Eddie Albert, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. music = cinematography = editing = distributor =… …   Wikipedia


We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.