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Willo The Wisp: The Complete Willo The Wisp [DVD] [1981]


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  • Actors: Kenneth Williams
  • Directors: Nicholas Spargo
  • Writers: Nicholas Spargo
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 3 July 2000
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U3ZM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,229 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All twenty-six episodes of the classic Eighties children's series are gathered together here on one tape. Willo the Wisp (voiced by Kenneth Williams) is the ethereal storyteller of Doily Wood; join him as he regales you with tales of Evil Edna, the wicked witch-cum-television set, Arthur the opinionated caterpillar, and Mavis Cruet, fat fairy extraordinaire. Not to mention Carwash (a cat), Twit (a bird), the Beast (a speech-impaired former prince) and the Moog (er... a sort of dog-type thing).

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99 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct 2000
Format: DVD
If you're a thirty-something (or a twenty-something with a good memory) then think back to 5:35pm weekdays and a journey into Doily Woods to meet Arthur the caterpillar, Mavis the fairy ("You great fat, fairy person" as Edna sometimes cried), Evil Edna the television, Moog the dog, Carwash the cat, the Beast (who was once a prince), and many others. With Willo the Wisp telling the story, we saw Evil Edna's tricks as she cast her wicked spells on the creatures of Doily Woods, in a series of bizarre and wondrous situations, from Edna's secret love of a TV weatherman, to her plan to turn the gnomes into garden ornaments to sell, and to the Miss Universe competition. All narrated and voiced by the superb Kenneth Williams, Willo the Wisp will take you back to a bygone teatime era of weird and wonderful adventures for the folk of Doily Woods. One for us kids who are now big kids - show it to yours, it's better than most of the nonsense on these days.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Robinson on 14 May 2010
Format: DVD
This is the one to get. The transfer (sound and picture quality) on this disc are near-faultless. Why can't all classic kids TV programmes be given this treatment?

Willo the Wisp is great, and bizarre. What makes it are the fantastic "voices" of Kenneth Williams.

The Moog and Car Wash (the most stupid, and most clever inhabitants of Dolly Woods respectively) are classic characters. e.g. When Evil Edna had just turned Mavis Cruet into a tree...

Arthur: "I shall give Evil Edna a piece of my mind."
Moog: "Yeah, and I shall give her a piece of my mind too."
Car Wash: "Confidentially Moog, you just can't afford it."

My 3 and 5 years old children adore this series.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By W. Evans on 8 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
I find I must disagree with the previous reviewer. I think it has aged just fine. I have 3 kids aged between 4 and 10, and they, as well as me, love it.

I'll agree that Keneth Williams is a genius, but not that the story lines haven't aged well. This is pure kids' fantasy, so ageing story lines have very little to do with anything. The animation is very good for its' time too. This DVD is a must for all british kids under 40 yrs of age!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "vix62" on 30 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I had forgotten how great this series actually was. The tearful, fat fairy Mavis, Evil Edna, Arthur, Carwash and my personal favourite Moog the dog. The animation is classic and the storylines come flying back to you as you watch. Evil Edna is still a fear-inducing figure and Arthur looks a bit like one of the characters from The Magic Rounabout. With twelve episodes on one video it is definitely value for money and believe me-you will want to watch them over and over again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Johnson on 16 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
This brilliant classic cartoon returned to the screens on Nick Jr and my little boy was in instant fan. Got him this dvd set as he loves to watch willo and his friends and fab price too!! Recommended
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dannydorko on 25 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
In recent years, there has been much discussion as to whether The Sopranos, or perhaps The Wire, can claim to be The Greatest Television Ever Made.

They can't, wonderful as they are. It is a little known fact that the high-point of art on the small screen was reached in 1981, right here in the UK. And this is it.

Nothing, (I find), is quite as sublime as watching The Moog exclaim "My name is The Moog. And I...Am...An...Elephant!!!"

Kenneth Williams was a genius and this is, oddly enough, probably his finest legacy. Delicious.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sep 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Who could resist the temptation - the COMPLETE Willo the Wisp. Fantastic. Cower as Evil Edna jumps out from behind the trees, laugh as Arthur tries to help Mavis fly and wonder at why Moog can't and definitely shouldn't think!
Fantastically wacky and a must for those who loved it when young. Show it to the kids too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This cartoon series was elevated above the average by Kenneth Williams' narration for all the characters. Known for his campness, Williams creates a array of nicely different characters - the TV-witch Evil Edna, big-boned fairy Mavis, dim Arthur the Caterpillar, the cat Carwash and (best of all) the strange-shaped pig-dog-thing, The Moog! The exploits of this bizarre collection (in the sprawling Doily Wood) are told by the spectral Willo' the Wisp, a narrator with a definite likeness to Williams himself! Very good.
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