Willo the Wisp


Willo the Wisp

"Willo the Wisp" is a British cartoon series originally produced in 1981.

First Series (1981)

In the first series, Kenneth Williams provided voices for all of the characters, which included:

* Willo the Wisp, the narrator. A blue floating ghost-like creature, Willo had a long pointed nose which caricatured that of Williams.
* Arthur the caterpillar (as a gruff cockney).
* Mavis Cruet, a plump clumsy fairy with erratic magical powers.
* Evil Edna, a witch in the form of a walking, talking television set who could zap people with her aerial.
* Carwash, a snooty bespectacled cat (as Noel Coward).
* The Moog, a brainless dog.
* Twit, a small bird.
* The Beast, who began life as a dim prince before an unfortunate encounter with Edna ended up with his transformation into a hairy shambling creature.

The series was written and directed by Nick Spargo and produced by Nicholas Cartoon Films in association with the BBC and Tellytales Enterprises. The character of Willo the Wisp originated in an educational animation created by Nick Spargo for British Gas in 1975 and the stories were set in Doyley Woods, a small beech wood in Oxfordshire, near the director's home.

Each of the 26 episodes lasted approximately 5 minutes and were broadcast at 5.35 in the evening on BBC1. The series was repeated on Channel 4 during the early 90s.

Credits

*The Voices of: Kenneth Williams
*Music by: Tony Kinsey
*Script and Direction: Nicholas Spargo
*Animation: Ron Murdoch, Ted Percival, Mike Pocock
*Devised and Designed by: Nick Spargo
*Editor: Michael Crane
*Backgrounds: Mary Spargo
*Camera: Chris King
*Production Assistant: Andrea Fontaine
*Trace & Paint: Lynne & Ian Sachs
*Produced by: Nicholas Cartoon Films Ltd
*Processed by: Rank Film Laboratories Ltd

econd Series (2005)

A 2nd Series of 26 episodes (5 minutes each) was produced by Bobby Spargo in 2005, and voiced by James Dreyfus.

Although it maintains the style of the original, alterations include:
*Willo no longer being a caricature of Williams.
*Mavis being slimmer (although still too heavy to fly).
*Evil Edna being a widescreen television, with a wheeled stand instead of the original's metal legs.

The second series aired on Playhouse Disney in the UK.

External links

*http://www.willo-the-wisp.co.uk/
*http://www.willothewisp.co.uk/
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121044/ "Willo The Wisp" at IMDB]


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