It’s been 25 years since Halloweentown first premiered, and as the first-ever Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM), the family franchise has had a significant cultural impact. Co-stars (and newly engaged couple) Kimberly J. Brown and Daniel Kountz spoke to People about the film’s monumental anniversary and what makes the Halloweentown franchise unique. Although Brown, who played teenage witch Marnie Piper in the first three episodes, says she had absolutely no idea Halloweentown would become a classic, just filming it was special.
“I guess we knew it was a special movie in the sense that we had so much fun making it and the actors got along really, really well and had a great time making it and were thrilled that everyone world sees it,” Brown said. , reminiscing about what it felt like to see the success of Halloweentown help make the Disney Channel a household name.
“Disney Channel was so new back then… so they weren’t even in every household yet. It was really interesting to watch Halloweentown grow, but also to see Disney Channel really explode into what it is now. »
And Kountz, who joined the franchise as the son of an evil wizard in Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge in 2001, remembers everyone on set being “kind and warm.”
“I was just a young actor, like, ‘Oh great, I got this role in this Disney movie, super cool.’ And then I flew to Vancouver and worked with [Brown] and all the amazing cast. Everyone was so kind and warm and welcoming. It was great,” he said.
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Brown and Kountz share fan experiences
While the film’s stars may not have imagined the impact of Halloweentown during filming, Brown and Kountz say fans have often expressed their gratitude for the importance the films played in their childhood.
“We’ve been doing fan events and one of the things that strikes me the most is the ‘being normal is vastly overrated’ [line] and how much that quote meant to so many people,” Kountz said, referencing a line from the first film.
“So many people come up to me and say, ‘I just want you to know that it helped me through my childhood because I felt like I was different…but it made me feel better.’ It almost brings tears to my eyes now. Thinking about how they took that, and they held onto it, and they grew up with that knowing, ‘Hey, it’s okay if I’m different because different is fine.’ That’s wonderful. »
And Brown says she’s honored when fans approach her, sharing that she learned an important acting lesson from the late Debbie Reynolds, who played Marnie Aggie Cromwell’s grandmother in Halloweentown.
“I am so honoured. One thing that Debbie Reynolds impressed me as a young girl was that she really showed me what a gift it is to be able to make people happy through acting. It’s such a gift to bring joy to people and to have that connection with people over the movies and to share the magic over the years. »
“I love Marnie as much as anyone, and she was definitely a part of me. It’s so touching. I’m so grateful to all the fans and everything for making the movies what they are. And I’m so grateful that I can continue to spread joy around the world,” she added.