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Return to Halloweentown

DVD cover
Directed by David Jackson
Produced by Don Schain
Sheri Singer
Written by Max Enscoe
Annie DeYoung
Paul Bernbaum
Starring Sara Paxton
Judith Hoag
Joey Zimmerman
Lucas Grabeel
Keone Young
Kristy Wu
Music by Kenneth Burgomaster
Distributed by Disney Channel
Release date(s) October 20, 2006
Running time 88 min.
Country
Language English
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Return to Halloweentown is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered on October 20, 2006. It is the fourth sequel to the DCOM Halloweentown. In this sequel, Marnie Piper (Sara Paxton) and her brother, Dylan Piper (Joey Zimmerman), go to Witch University to attend college in Halloweentown. While at college, dark forces try to control her magic. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Don Schain is a writer, director, and producer of many films and TV movies, most notably for the Disney Channel. ... Sara Paxton[1] (born April 25, 1988) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress and singer. ... Judith Hoag (born on June 29, 1968 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA) is an American actress and acting teacher. ... Joseph Paul Zimmerman (born June 10, 1986) is an American actor and musician. ... Lucas Stephen Grabeel (born November 23, 1984) is an American actor and singer. ... Keone J. Young is an American character actor, born on September 6, 1947 in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... Kristy Wu (born on October 11, 1982 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress. ... Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOM), originally Disney Channel Premiere Films, are television movies produced for The Disney Channel. ... is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of movies produced for the U.S. cable channel Disney Channel. ... is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Halloweentown is a Disney Channel Original Movie released in October 1998 to correspond with the holiday of Halloween. ... Sara Paxton[1] (born April 25, 1988) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress and singer. ... Joseph Paul Zimmerman (born June 10, 1986) is an American actor and musician. ...

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Plot

Marnie Piper is extended a full scholarship to Halloweentown's "Witch University", a prestigious school built out of an old Cromwell family castle. Gwen is doubtful at first, but allows Marnie to go if Dylan can go along with her. They head into Halloweentown, and are driven by Benny the Skeleton to the school. There, they meet the Sinister Sisters. Dylan falls in love with the trio's leader Scarlett immediately. Marnie begins to levitate her suitcases, but they collapse when Dr. Grogg recites the school's newest rule: No Magic. Marnie becomes upset, stating that the whole reason she wanted to go to a witch school was to use her magic.


Marnie goes up to her dorm room and is visited by a hologram of her grandmother Aggie. She explains that there is something going on in Halloweentown, but a disruption causes Aggie to disappear. Marnie receives a letter to meet with her Resident Advisor. She knocks and enters into the RA's room, but does not see anything but a lamp on the floor. Suddenly she is whisked away into the Genie's lamp where she meets Aneesa, her Resident Advisor. Aneesa gives Marnie information about what's happening at Witch University.


During one of Marnie's classes, a silver box with the words "S. Cromwell" on it presents itself to her, as if it belonged to her. The box is confiscated by the fossil himself, Dr. Grogg. Then it is revealed that Grogg, the Sinister Sister's father (Silas), and some of the teachers are in a group called "The Dominion" that Ethan's father used to be involved in. Later on in the movie, "The Dominion" plans to try to get Marnie to open the box, which supposedly holds a special Cromwell "Gift".


After the class, Marnie goes to one of her teachers, Professor Periwinkle, who tells her that S. Cromwell stood for Splendora Cromwell. She speaks about how she was Splendora's best friend. Marnie asks Dylan to help her find more information about Splendora. He leads her to a library where all of the books are about the Cromwell family history. He reveals that he has been using magic to "speed read", which gives an explanation to him skipping a grade. He speed reads through all of the books in the library, and discovers that Splendora hid "The Gift" in that silver box for a thousand years. The scene cuts to a lair, where Silas and the rest of The Dominion reside. It is revealed that they are watching Dylan, and they decide to use him in their plot to take over Halloweentown.


While Marnie is on a date with Ethan, she witnesses the Sinister Sisters at an ice cream parlor with Dylan, using him to do their homework. She becomes upset, and tells Dylan get away from them, but it becomes evident that he is under a spell by the Sinister Sisters, and he won't come along with Marnie. The Sisters and Dylan exit the ice cream parlor, with Marnie and Ethan following. They get on Ethan's broomstick to fly after them, but the broom crashes and turns into a snake- the evil symbol of Sinister Industries, a company ran by Silas Sinister. They realize that someone- or something - is spying on them.


Meanwhile, The Dominion, frustrated that Marnie hasn't opened the box yet tell her that she would be saving Halloweentown if she acquired "The Gift", saying that the prophecy is meant to protect the city. Marnie tries to break the spell that Dylan is in so that he can assist her, but needs more help. Meanwhile, Ethan, who overheard her conversation with "The Dominion" comes to try and stop her. However, she tries to ask him to help her break the spell on Dylan, but Ethan says that he can't. He then tells her the truth, but she thinks that he is lying, so he won't get in trouble for using magic on campus. She gets upset with him, and decides to go to Professor Periwinkle and asks her for help. Professor Periwinkle helps Marnie go 1,000 years into the past to find Splendora and ask her about the Gift.


Marnie travels back in time to find a young girl who resembles her closely (everything except for hair color), refusing to become Queen of Halloweentown. This girl, Splendora tells Marnie that "The Gift" is a curse. Marnie learns that The Gift was a necklace that had great power to give the wearer complete control over any person--but it could only be worn by a Cromwell witch. She also says that "The Dominion" wants her to use The Gift to control Halloweentown, and turn those not witches into slaves. Marnie realized that Ethan was telling the truth, much to her embarrassment. Marnie asks Splendora why can't she just destroy the gift, but she tells Marnie that, since it took three Cromwells to create, it could only be destroyed by three Cromwells. Marnie then learns that Splendora is her grandmother, when she says that she wishes to change her name to Aggie, after everything ends. Splendora gives the key to the box to Marnie, because she says that she will train her herself. Then, Splendora helps send Marnie back to Halloweentown.


When Marnie returns, it is Halloween night and she needs to find two more witches that have Cromwell blood to help her destroy the Gift. Marnie finds Dylan under the control of the Sinister Sisters, who turn him into a dog. Marnie calls on her mother for help, and Gwen quickly rushes to the scene. Gwen has been waiting all this time for her children to say they need her, she felt as if they had "flown away from the nest" and forgotten about her. She is very excited to help out and quickly changes into witch's clothes. Marnie, Gwen and Aneesa watch Dylan on a witch's glass that resembles a laptop computer, and soon Marnie is transported to the Dominion's Lab. Silas explains that Marnie can be Queen for one night, if she will wear the necklace and make all of the creatures slaves and at midnight the spell will be permanent . He tells her that if she doesn't use the Gift to put Halloweentown under their control, then Dylan will be a dog forever. Marnie, Gwen and Aneesa make a secret plan to stop the Dominion.


That night, Marnie tricks the Dominion when she receives the Gift. Instead of making all of the creatures slaves, she orders Aneesa, Dylan, and Gwen destroy the gift to save Halloweentown. The Dominion try to escape, but they are caught and trapped in a witch's glass by Professor Periwinkle, who reveals that she has been in the "Halloweentown Anti-Dominion League" for ten centuries. It is later found out that Ethan is now a mortal since because of his father's crime his father was forced to give up his magic and so Ethan decided to renounce his own. When Gwen finds out Ethan is now mortal, she smiles, telling Marnie, "I knew there was something I liked about that boy!" . Since their father is captured, the Sinister Sisters lose their powers as well, which means that they're now mortal. One of them even exclaims sadly, "We might as well be ugly!" At the end of a hectic adventure, Gwen decides to let Dylan and Marnie stay at Witch University. The last scene reveals that Marnie didn't really destroy the Gift, and that she actually gave it to Dylan, and because all spells cast at midnight are permanent, The Gift now belongs to him. He quickly hides it in a book, not ready to handle its power. Dylan's door closes and the credits roll, leaving a nice cliffhanger for a possible sequel.


Cast

Sara Paxton[1] (born April 25, 1988) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress and singer. ... Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... Joseph Paul Zimmerman (born June 10, 1986) is an American actor and musician. ... Judith Hoag (born on June 29, 1968 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA) is an American actress and acting teacher. ... Lucas Stephen Grabeel (born November 23, 1984) is an American actor and singer. ... Keone J. Young is an American character actor, born on September 6, 1947 in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... Kristy Wu (born on October 11, 1982 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress. ... Katie Cockrell is an actress. ... Kelly Cockrell (sister of Kattie Cockrell) will appear as one of the Sinister Sisters in Disney Channels, Return to Halloweentown. ... Millicent Mary Lillian Martin (born 8 June 1934) is an English actress, singer and comedienne. ... Summer Bishil (July 17, 1988) is an American television and movie actress. ...

Production

Sara Paxton has replaced Kimberly J. Brown, who played Marnie in all the other Halloweentown Movies as the role of Marnie in this movie. Emily Roeske's character, "Sophie" does not make an appearance in this movie, as she is witch training with Debbie Reynolds' character Aggie who only appears briefly in this movie. Professor Periwinkle says her family and Marnie's family were friends since before Halloweentown but a little while after that, she says that she met Splendora a little while after Halloweentown was made. This could be due to Professor Periwinkle's family having been friends with the Cromwell family before Splendora was born and Professor Periwinkle could have been away somewhere from before Splendora was born until a while after Halloweentown was created. It reveals that Marnie's grandmother's full name was Splendora Agatha Cromwell but after stopping the Dominion's plan to take over Halloweentown, she shortened her name to Agatha "Aggie" Cromwell. Aggie is 1018 years old because Halloweentown was created 1000 years ago and she was 18 at the time. The premiere scored 7.6 million viewers, just under High School Musical. It is the fifth highest rated DCOM in Disney Channel history. The DVD was released on August 28, 2007. The DVD cover is on top of the page. Some of the music featured in the movie includes Right Where You Want Me performed by Jesse McCartney. Sara Paxton[1] (born April 25, 1988) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress and singer. ... Kimberly Jean Brown (born November 16, 1984) is an Emmy-nominated American actress of stage, television, and screen. ... Emily Roeske (born on July 15, 1991 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is best known for her role as Sophie Piper-Cromwell in the first three Disney Channel Original Movies, Halloweentown, Halloweentown II: Kalabars Revenge, and a small role in Halloweentown High. ... Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... Events Aelfheah (St. ... For other uses, see High School Musical (disambiguation). ... DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model) is a Microsoft proprietary technology for software components distributed across several networked computers. ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... Right Where You Want Me is the first single from Jesse McCartneys second album, Right Where You Want Me. ... Jesse A. McCartney (born April 9, 1987) is an American pop singer and Daytime Emmy-nominated actor. ...


Deleted scenes

There is a scene in the trailer where Marnie and Dylan are in a strange room holding identification cards showing to a pumpkin headed figure as Dylan says in the background "I want to go to a real college". It has also been said by Lucas Grabeel and Sara Paxton that they filmed a kiss for the end of the movie, but for some reason was cut in the editing. These deleted scenes did not make it onto the DVD. Lucas Stephen Grabeel (born November 23, 1984) is an American actor and singer. ... Sara Paxton[1] (born April 25, 1988) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress and singer. ...


External links

Official

  • Official Website
  • Halloweentown III on Family Channel

Unofficial/Information Sites

  • Return to Halloweentown at the Internet Movie Database
  • Locals have roles in the title movie
  • Halloweentown at All Info About
  • The Unofficial Halloweentown Website

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Trailers

  • Return to Halloweentown Trailer (DisneyChannel.com/Videos)
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