Escape To Witch Mountain parents guide

Escape To Witch Mountain Parent Guide

Young audiences will likely enjoy watching these antics, even if the special effects and acting may seem a little cheesy by today's lavish production standards.

Overall B

Exceptionally gifted children are the center of attention in this 1975 Disney movie. Available on DVD in a Special Edition version, this story follows the plight of orphans, Tony (Ike Eisenmann) and Tia (Kim Richards), as they try to discover where they came from and why they possess some unusual powers.

Release date March 21, 1975

Violence B
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A-

Why is Escape To Witch Mountain rated G? The MPAA rated Escape To Witch Mountain G

Run Time: 97 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Alexander Key’s classic novel, Escape To Witch Mountain was adapted to the big screen in 1975. The movie follows the plight of Tony (Ike Eisenmann) and Tia (Kim Richards), a brother and sister who posses unusual powers, as they apply their special kind of magic in an attempt to uncover their puzzling past.

Orphaned not once, but twice, the unfortunate pair finds themselves being placed back in the system. Before arriving at a home for children awaiting adoption, they decide to conceal their gifts to avoid being labeled as freaks once again. Nonetheless, when Tony shields himself from the school bully by levitating a baseball mitt and bat, he shocks the other kids. During a later altercation with the vengeful tyke, Tia’s treasured keepsake, a star box, is knocked from her hands and breaks on the ground revealing a hidden map.

However, before they are able to further investigate this possible key to their mysterious origins, fate intervenes. While on a field trip to Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (hey, a Disney movie within a Disney movie!), Tia warns a stranger (Donald Pleasence) not to enter his limousine, which is soon plowed into by a tow truck.

While the girl can see somewhat into the future, she is unaware that her prediction has sparked the man’s interest. Falsifying documents, he claims custody of the children and takes them to his employer’s mansion, where the merciless and greedy millionaire (Ray Milland) intends to use their supernatural endowments for his own personal gain. Although provided with an opulent wonderland, extravagantly furnished with treats and toys, the siblings sense the corrupt tycoon’s evil intentions and decide to escape.

Following the new-found map to Witch Mountain—a place they hope is their long lost home—these resourceful kids outwit the grown-ups time and time again, armed with their special abilities and friends found along the way (one of whom is played by Eddie Albert). Young audiences will likely enjoy watching these antics, even if the special effects and acting may seem a little cheesy by today’s lavish production standards. Parents who loved this popular movie as children may find the nostalgic sharing to be the best part of the experience.

Starring Ike Eisenmann, Kim Richards. Eddie Albert, Donald Pleasence.. Running time: 97 minutes. Theatrical release March 21, 1975. Updated

Escape To Witch Mountain
Rating & Content Info

Why is Escape To Witch Mountain rated G? Escape To Witch Mountain is rated G by the MPAA

Overall: B Two orphaned youngsters with special powers escape from a scheming millionaire and search for their true identity. Parents who loved this movie in their youth will enjoy sharing this family friendly adventure with their own kids.

Violence: B Characters chased by animated outlines of vicious dogs during opening credits. Passing away of foster parents mentioned. Character has flashbacks of people being rescued from drowning. Tow truck crashes into car. Character involved in two altercations with schoolyard bully. Baseball mitt pushed into character’s face. Character punches baseball bat. Numerous barking dogs chase characters. Motorcycle with no driver speeds over cliff. A few characters carry handguns, and an angry mob is armed with rifles. Character attacked by broom-wielding overcoat. Bag of flour hits vehicle’s windshield causing it to crash. Inverted helicopter containing passengers lands on its blades (portrayed in comedic fashion).

Sexual Content: A None

Language: A At least: one mild slang.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A- Man drinks wine. Character smokes cigar.

 

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Escape To Witch Mountain Parents' Guide

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of Escape To Witch Mountain movie is March 10, 2009. Here are some details…

Release Date: 10 March 2009

Escape into the magical world of this 1975 Disney movie with this DVD release. The disc offers a mountain of bonus materials, such as a conversation with director John Hough, a making-of featurette, a look at Disney Effects—Something Special and Disney Sci-Fi, along with some Pop-Up Fun Facts, and the classic Disney Cartoon Plutos’ Dream House. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French, with subtitles in Spanish and French.

 

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