I got this DVD because, like many, I'm a Terry Pratchett junky. At first glance I had some problems mostly do to the very made-for-tv animation and more important, many of my ideas of what the characters were like was just as idiosyncratic and those of everyone else. I stuck with it, and in short order discovered I liked this series very much - in an endearing sort of way.
Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat are nearly perfect. Especially the latter two, Nanny Ogg displaying her usual 'loosidity' and Magrat as the permanently flower-child witch. Having been roped into responsibility of the murdered king's infant son, the maneuvers, manipulations, and frontal attacks of three ladies who obey the rules only when it is convenient can't help by claim the loyalty of those of use who also believe in doing the right thing even when we have to do the wrong thing in order to accomplish it. A surprising amount of Pratchett's tongue-in-cheek sarcasm makes it through the transition from book to tube as well.
The usurpers to the Lancre throne are the enemy. Not satisfied with the country they proceed to cut down all the trees, burn the houses of non-taxpayers, and drive the witches from the kingdom. When all of this lands in the witches' laps along with the child and the ghost of its father. They pack young Tom-John off with a band of wandering players and are finally driven by a kidnapped cat to make a direct confrontation, which culminates in a war of headology and a final confrontation of Macbethian proportions. And, in the background, a fool makes a man of himself over Margrat.
I found DEATH was the least convincing character. He had all the lines right, but I had expected something more sepulchral - especially from Christopher Lee. After all, if someone goes about speaking in capital letters all the time one expects drum rolls or killer shark themes to play when you actually hear him. Well, he was OK, but not DEATH as I would live him.
Poor animation and an insufficiently dead DEATH aside, all this really is good fun. The DVD does demonstrate that Pratchett's appeal is much wider than I would have previously guessed. I may even start giving copies of the book away as Christmas presents.