Wizards of Waverly Place, The Movie – The Magic Continues

Wizards, vampires, werewolves and other supernatural beings are the most popular themes in the movies today. Best selling books and blockbuster movies like Twilight and the Harry Potter series are the few examples of these. Magical characters plus the power of advance technology makes this kind of movies a real treat to younger audiences.

For over several decades Disney has been waving its magic wand, creating fantasy and making it real on the silver screen and on TV. Disney had been known to deliver the best fantasy movie. To add on the long list is the upcoming Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie. This telefilm (movie made for TV) is and adaptation of the Disney Channel hit series Wizards of Waverly Place or just known by its tween and teen audiences as WOWP.

Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie is all about the adventure of the Russo family as they went to a vacation on the Caribbean resort where Mr. and Mrs. Russo met. The adventure (or misadventure) starts when Alex was upset that she must go with family for the Caribbean trip. Alex conjures a spell that reverses her parents’ momentous first meeting, the spell had puts the Russo family’s very existence in question. The only solution to reverse the spell is to find the all-powerful “Stone of Dreams”. To find the Stone of Dreams, Alex and Justin set out to the jungle. Meanwhile, Max remains with the presence of their squabbling parents scrambling to find the way to make their parents fall in love again.

The movie will star the same cast in Wizards of Waverly Place TV series. Alexandra “Alex” Russo (played by Selena Gomez), she is the middle child and the only girl and the family. Alex is characterized by being spunky, sarcastic, a fashion lover, street smart, and quite mischievous. Justin Vincenzo Pepe Russo or Justin (David Henrie), he is the eldest of the Russo siblings.

He is intelligent, mature, and responsible, but is always picked on by his younger sister Alex. He is knows a lot in magic and being predicted to become a powerful wizard. Max Russo (Jake T. Austin), Max is the youngest in the family. He is always found to be doing unpredictable things and occasionally getting in trouble. However, he can be relied on to think of unorthodox solutions to the unusual problems that can confront a young wizard. Jerry Russo (David DeLuise), he is the father of Justin, Alex and Max. He runs the family’s sandwich shop and trains the Russo kids in magic. When he was young, he was also a wizard.

Jerry won the right to keep his powers by defeating his brother in the wizards’ duel, but when he discovered that wizards cannot marry non-wizards, he relinquished his powers to his brother to marry Theresa. Theresa Russo (Maria Canals Barrera), she is Justin, Alex, and Max’s mother. She is not a wizard but she knows about magical world. She helps run the sandwich shop and is very motherly, often treating her children like six-year-olds, much to their disapproval. She also does not like magic, and has expressed that many times. Harper Finkle (Jennifer Stone), she is Alex’s best friend. She is hyper and optimistic. She has a big crush on Alex big-brother Justin. Alex and Harper do a lot together.

Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie was written by Dan Berendsen, he is the same person who wrote the Hannah Montana: The Movie and the upcoming Jonas Brothers movie the Camp Rock 2. WOWP The Movie is directed by Lev L. Spiro, the same man who brought brilliance to hit TV series Ugly Betty and Minutemen. WOWP The Movie is scheduled to premier on August 28, 2009 at Disney Channel. The WOWP Soundtrack is also set to be released on August this year.

Pungky Dwiasmoro Hiswardhani

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