- Willo the Wisp
"Willo the Wisp" is a British
cartoonseries originally produced in 1981.
First Series (1981)
In the first series,
Kenneth Williamsprovided voices for all of the characters, which included:
* Willo the Wisp, the
narrator. A blue floating ghost-like creature, Willo had a long pointed nosewhich caricatured that of Williams.
* Arthur the
caterpillar(as a gruff cockney).
* Mavis Cruet, a plump clumsy
fairywith erratic magical powers.
* Evil Edna, a witch in the form of a walking, talking
televisionset who could zap people with her aerial.
* Carwash, a snooty bespectacled cat (as
* The Moog, a brainless dog.
* Twit, a small bird.
* The Beast, who began life as a dim
princebefore an unfortunate encounter with Edna ended up with his transformation into a hairy shambling creature.
The series was written and directed by
Nick Spargoand produced by Nicholas Cartoon Filmsin association with the BBCand 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 4during the early 90s.
*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
Rank Film LaboratoriesLtd
econd Series (2005)
A 2nd Series of 26 episodes (5 minutes each) was produced by Bobby Spargo in 2005, and voiced by
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
widescreentelevision, with a wheeled stand instead of the original's metal legs.
The second series aired on Playhouse Disney in the UK.
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121044/ "Willo The Wisp" at IMDB]
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