The Parent Trap Two-Movie Collection
THE PARENT TRAP: Hayley Mills, Special Academy Award(R) winner for 1960's POLLLYANNA, lights up the screen in Disney's fondly remembered release of THE PARENT TRAP. Mills stars as Susan and Sharon, identical twins separated at birth. Neither twin knows the other exists until a simple twist of fate finds them at the same summer camp. Then, realizing who they are, they plan a little twist of their own. They switch places with high hopes of getting their parents back together. This delightful and heartwarming comedy will have your whole family doubling up with laughter. THE PARENT TRAP II: First time on DVD! In the full-length sequel THE PARENT TRAP II, Hayley Mills returns to reprise her roles as identical twins Sharon and Susan. Now all grown up, Sharon is a single mom whose 11-year-old daughter Nikki is just as mischievous as she was! During summer school Nikki and her new friend Mary turn into scheming matchmakers when they try to get Sharon and Mary's widowed father together. Not quite able to make it happen, they turn to the one person who can really help -- Sharon's twin Susan!|The movie is based on the popular German children's story "Das Doppelte Lottchen," by Erich Kastner.|Double-exposure and split screen shots -- and a Hayley Mills' lookalike -- were used to create the illusion of twins.|The film was shot mostly in California at various locales including millionaire Stuyvesant Fish's 5,200-acre ranch in Carmel, Monterey's Pebble Beach golf course, and the studio's Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon, where Mitch's ranch was built.|To this day the Walt Disney Archives receives requests for plans to Mitch's home, but there never was such a house; the set was simply various rooms built on a soundstage.|The Studio later produced three television sequels to the movie, starring Hayley Mills.
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I vaguely remember Parent Trap II from when it aired in the mid 80's. Of course it is not nearly as good as the original but it is fine as a tacked on bonus.
I quite enjoyed the bonus features also. The interviews with Haley Mills, behind the scenes footage on how they achieved the twin effects. They even show the filming of the animated intro! Fun stuff!
Parent Trap was filmed when divorce was still a rarity and the premise of that the children would be separated and each parent get one was not unheard of. The girls ( played by Hayley Mills) are Sharon and Susan who knew nothing about the existence of the other until they meet at camp. Once they realize who they are to each other they plot to meet the unknown parent.
Parent Trap II features the grown up Susan and Sharon . Divorce in this generation of parenting is completely different and yet the same. Same can be said of societal expectations of the divorced parent.
If anyone could bring these story lines to a happy conclusion it was Disney. And Disney didn't fail this time either.