Film: Escape to Witch Mountain
Escape to Witch Mountain is the Film of the Book of the same name, about siblings Tony and Tia Malone. We are introduced to them as they are admitted to an orphanage/school. They have no memory of where they came from before they were placed in foster care, and try to conceal the fact that they have Psychic Powers. When Tia sees an accident before it happens it draws the attention of a wealthy businessman, Mr. Bolt, who wants to exploit the siblings' powers. They try to remember where they came from, guided by Tia's "star case", a leather box on a strap with a curious double star design on the lid, which she has had as long as she can remember, and which contains a hidden map to a place called Witch Mountain.Tony and Tia must escape from Mr. Bolt's compound and travel to Witch Mountain in an attempt to find out where they came from. Along the way they enlist the help of an old drifter to conceal them as Mr. Bolt uses his influence to track them down.
Tropes seen in this story and its adaptations include:
- Adaptation Personality Change: The owner of the orphanage in this movie was a kindly older lady while in the book, it was more of a home for orphaned juvenile delinquents run by a former police woman who took no gruff from anyone.
- Alien Among Us: What Tony and Tia turn out to be.
- Animated Credits Opening: The credits show the silhouettes of the children running while being chased by white outlines of barking dogs.
- Bald of Evil: Lucas Deranian, played by Donald Pleasence.
- Beary Friendly: The kids use a bear to help them escape from Bolt's henchmen.
- The Big Bad: Mr. Bolt
- Chekhov's Gun: During their escape, Thunderhead and the gate guard's cat allergies.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Bolt.
- Cute Kitten: Winky.
- The Dragon: Lucas Deranian
- The Drifter: Jason O'Day in his RV.
- Grumpy Old Man: Jason O'Day. Becomes a Cool Old Guy
- Friend to All Living Things: Tia.
- Illegal Guardian: Lucas Deranian
- Magic Music: Tony uses his harmonica to help him focus his telekinetic powers.
- Psychic Powers: Tony can visualize far away places and see what is happening there. He and Tia both have telekinesis (although hers is mostly used for opening locks).
- Spared by the Adaptation: Uncle Bene. In the book, he died on board the ship after having been shot making his escape. Here, he survived without being shot.
- Witch Hunt: Some of the posse of backwoods hunters think the children are witches.