With the sequel to the witch comedy "Hocus Pocus", Hollywood star Bette Midler (76) claims to have fulfilled a great wish. "It was like a dream come true, really," she said at a press conference ahead of the launch of "Hocus Pocus 2" on the Disney streaming service this Friday. 15 years ago she heard from people that they would like to see a sequel.
How long has it been since Midler, "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy first slipped into the roles of the three Sanderson sisters, shows a warning on the Disney Channel: "Contains depictions of tobacco products " - In 1993 the first part was released in the cinemas.
It was then that the three witch sisters were first accidentally summoned by teenagers and attempted to recapture their lost youth. This time, the owner of a magic shop gets two girls to bring the three witches to what is now Salem. There they wreak havoc and chaos, and above all want to get at the mayor of the town, who they blamed for the fact that they were separated centuries ago.
Unlike 30 years ago, they are not only on brooms - but also on a Swiffer and a vacuum robot. They dance, mess with a zombie and above all show that they belong together as sisters - come what may.
"Things have changed for women though," Midler said. "But things haven't changed fast enough for women." She sees something "quite positive for women" in the characters of the three witches: "First of all, they're very funny, which women aren't usually allowed to do," she said. "And then they are very loyal to each other." In any situation where women come together, a bond of friendship and sisterhood is very important. "And this film really emphasizes that."