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Disney's H.G. Wells-Style Sequel.
- Frank Harris Horn
Show biz veterans, Bette Davis and Christopher Lee are the villains in Disney's amazing special visual effects sequel to the original 1975 movie based on the characters created by Alexander Key. Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann reprise their roles of super-powered alien siblings, Tony and Tia Malone, who are abducted by an evil scientist (Lee) and his colleague (Davis), who intend to use their incredible capabilities for their own evil use. Good fun from Disney. Followed 30 years later by "Race to Witch Mountain". With Denver Pyle, Dick Bakalyan, Anthony James, Jack Soo, Ward Costello, Brad Savage, Larry Poindexter & Christian Juttner.
This one was kind of lame
I saw this one in July along with some bits of the first one. The sequel wasn't as good as what I saw of the first. Also it raised questions. Like in the first Witch Mountain it was established that Tia and Tony weren't safe on Earth because of people using them for their powers. So why would Uncle Bene take them to Earth for a vacation? Also Betty Davis isn't a Disney personality to me. Neither is Chris Lee.
This sequel to "Escape to Witch Mountain" is typical for sequels - disappointing. It has a simplistic plot with pedestrian dialogue that couldn't be rescued even by the exceptional talents of Bette Davis. The special effects consisted mostly of levitation and flying objects. The movie is not terribly frightening, so most children would be fine watching this. Grown-ups will be bored and find themselves wishing that Bette Davis had been given something better to work with and that Christopher Lee had been allowed to display a little of what made him such a diabolically chilling Dracula.
Bette Davis is the Main Attraction
For our grandchildren, the story, in and of itself, is the main attraction to this Disney film. They love the special powers the alien children have and how the human children help them. The main attraction for the adults is watching Bette Davis' performance. She's such a great actor and very child-centered. Even though her role is to be a scientist who's chasing after the children, it's how she works with the children actors that impresses me as a grandparent. I recommend this film for the whole family.
Disney Sequel Starring Bette Davis
The big deal about this film is that the lead adult role is played by Bette Davis. It's a Disney film that crosses several genres such as science fiction, mystery, and has some good graphic animinations to make the needed special effects. Those are to make the children seem gifted with paranormal skills. That's why the adults are after them. Much of the film involves a boy and girl from another planet who look like ordinary humans being chased by scientists. It's not scary and is as entertaining for wholesome-minded adults as it is for children and youths. I recommend owning it for repeat veiwings.
Just Right for Kids or Adults
This Disney production stars Bette Davis and Christopher Lee as the masterminded adults who are after two children with paranormal abilities. Little children can watch it without being scared by it. Adults can watch it with them without being bored largely due to the wonderful performance by Bette Davis.
Terrific Kid's Film
My children intensely dislike being talked down to. Many films made for children do that. "Return From Witch Mountain," succeeds by not underestimating the intelligence of the audience this film is intended for. Bette Davis and Christopher Lee are the adults chasing after a boy and girl pair of siblings who have paranormal abilities. The science fiction aspect of the film depends upon Davis' and Lee's characters wanting the children so that they can use them for experimentations. The fantasy aspect depends upon the children's paranormal abilities. This film isn't just for children and youths. Some adults will find it entertaining as well.
My Kids Love It
The mad scientist os Christopher Lee. The henchwoman is Bette Davis. This film is about kids with supernatural powers who the predatory pair are hunting down in order to run experiments on them. Then, use the kids to do their dirty work. It's just right for kids who are old enough to enjoy a masterminded mystery with supernatural elements. Since Bette Davis plays the co-leading adult actor, even adults may find this film entertaining. I do, because I enjoy being entertained by every part Bette Davis plays.
Great With Children
There's one thing that surprised me about Bette Davis' acting skill: how well she interacts with children. Having been in so many films with children from early to late career, one of my favorite types of characters she repeatedly plays is a woman who's definitely an adult, but is also able to get close to what children need. Miss Davis sets an example of how being a good enough parental figure behaves with and in front of children. Even in this film, playing the role of an adult persuing kids with super-powers, Davis manages to send a child-centered message on film.