Disney's Hocus Pocus is one of those films that's become bigger with age. Originally released in 1993, the tale of the Sanderson sisters - a trio of witches transported from 1693 to 1993 - wasn't a huge hit at the time. Over the past 25 years, however, the film has taken on legendary status, largely due to its October airings on Disney Channel where it's connected with new generations of fans each year. Directed by Kenny Ortega, the appeal to modern audiences is quite apparent - with Hocus Pocus containing much of the same charm that's pushed his Descendants trilogy (the third chapter arrives next year) into massive success. The song and dance combined with the magical, but not quite realistic scenery gives it a theatrical feel, drawing audiences into the story penned for the screen by Neil Cuthbert (Return of Swamp Thing) and "Master of Horror" Mick Garris.
Love Hocus Pocus? If so, you're gonna want to see this... but if you live in Los Angeles, you could actually be a part of it!
Freeform announced today that it will air “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash,” an all-star party in honor of the cult classic film’s milestone anniversary. The 90-minute special, filmed at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery to celebrate the movie’s status as a Halloween staple, will premiere on SATURDAY, OCT. 20, at 8:15 PM EDT/PDT as part of Freeform’s “31 Nights of Halloween” programming event.
Two years ago, I had the unique honor of sitting in a theater in Burbank with Director/Choreographer Kenny Ortega to watch Disney's DESCENDANTS before its official premiere, and before it became a phenomenon. From the moment the kids first walked out singing "Rotten to the Core," I new Descendants would be huge, and now the crew is back! As announced earlier this week, Descendants 2 premieres FRIDAY, JULY 21 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on five networks – Disney Channel, ABC, Freeform, Disney XD and Lifetime! Check out the trailer below, along with the new music video, "Ways to Be Wicked!"
Last October, Disney made it official that a sequel to their summer hit, DESCENDANTS, was in-development for a 2017 release. Today comes word that all the pieces are in-place, and DESCENDANTS 2 has a greenlight to start production! "Just when you thought 'Happily Ever After' had come to the land of Auradon, 'Descendants 2' turns the page to reveal a whole new level of mystery and surprise," said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, alluding to the fact that DESCENDANTS 2 will bring the offspring of some additional classic baddies to life, with the children of Captain Hook, Ursula and Gaston set to arrive.
Disney's DESCENDANTS (review here) has been a massive hit here at Rock Father HQ - from the Disney Channel original film itself, to the fashions inspired by the cast. I was lucky enough to have visited with filmmaker/choreographer Kenny Ortega (HOCUS POCUS) this summer, and I had a chance to catch up with both Dove Cameron (Mal, daughter of Maleficent) and Cameron Boyce (Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil) on the sets of LIV & MADDIE and GAMER'S GUIDE TO PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING, respectively. My girls (and many of their friends) are DESCENDANTS-obsessed, and today comes rock-solid proof (after a light announcement at the D23 Expo) that DESCENDANTS 2 is happening. Here's the official word...
Moments ago, Disney's DESCENDANTS (read my review here) finished its debut airing on Disney Channel, introducing audiences to The United States of Auradon, and the children of some iconic Disney Villains (and some heroic counterparts). The musical from Director/Choreographer Kenny Ortega (read my interview here) is already blowing up social media (#Descendants has been trending Globally tonight), and if you're wanting to relive those musical moments - you're in luck! My friends at Disney have just uploaded every musical number to the Disney Music VEVO Channel on YouTube, and I've assembled them into a handy playlist that's viewable below! But that's not all - want to own the music? The DESCENDANTS Soundtrack is now available from Amazon and iTunes.