Disney Channel Press Release
Thursday, 25 April 2002

Thursday April 25, 2:36 pm Eastern Time
Press Release
SOURCE: Disney Channel

Production Has Begun On "The Soul Patrol,'' a Disney Channel Original Movie, Starring Tommy Davidson, Eric Idle and Kathy Najimy

Costumes Created by "Beetlejuice'' Creature Designer Robert Short

BURBANK, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--April 25, 2002-- Production has begun on "The Soul Patrol'' (working title), a new Disney Channel Original Movie starring Tommy Davidson ("The Proud Family'') with Eric Idle ("Monty Python'') and Kathy Najimy ("Rat Race'') as a trio of benevolent spirits who help two teens fight a local legend who's come back from the dead, seeking revenge on a town.

This haunting Halloween tale, executive-produced by Paula Hart and Hartbreak Films ("Child Star: The Life Of Shirley Temple Black,'' "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch''), written by Dan Berendsen ("Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,'' "Up, Up & Away'') and directed by Stuart Gillard ("Peter Benchley's Creature,'' "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III''), is scheduled to premiere in October 2002 during Disney Channel's popular Zoog Disney primetime programming block.

"This project continues the great tradition of telling scary stories at Halloween,'' said Gary Marsh, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channel. "Not only is this tale campfire-worthy, it's full of laughs as well, thanks to three terrifically funny ghosts, played by Tommy Davidson, Eric Idle and Kathy Najimy.''

"'The Soul Patrol' is a project that Hartbreak Films is extremely proud of and we can think of no better outlet than Disney Channel to air it,'' says Executive Producer Paula Hart. "Both Hartbreak Films and Disney Channel share a vision of fostering quality family programming and we are honored that they have provided an outlet for this funny, yet wonderfully scary movie.''

With Halloween looming, teenage siblings Ian (Mark Rendall, "Tales From The Neverending Story'') and Claire Carlyle (Kat Dennings, "Raising Dad'') accompany their father to his childhood home of Steeple Falls for the funeral of their beloved Grandpa Al. As the small town prepares for its tenth annual "Zachariah Kull Halloween Festival,'' centered on a longtime tale that a ghost is to blame for decades of mysterious fires in the town, Ian and Claire accidentally discover that these ghosts really do exist and that they flock to Falls Church. Worse, they learn that the angry spirit of Kull won't allow their late grandfather's soul to rest. Soon, the teens get some unexpected supernatural help from a trio of benevolent yet mischievous spirits -- Mariah (Kathy Najimy), Coffin Ed (Eric Idle) and Jumper (Tommy Davidson, "The Proud Family'') -- or The Soul Patrol -- who are assigned to police the district.

The movie's ghostly costumes were designed by acclaimed "Beetlejuice'' creature designer Robert Short.

Disney Channel, combining original series, movies and specials with timeless classics, is the first general entertainment television network designed for kids and families. Currently available in more than 79 million homes, Disney Channel is a division of ABC Cable Networks Group, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.