WILLO THE WISP (1981)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
It is disappointing that the entire series which was in an official Youtube playlist on this page has now disappeared, so I am unable to include a video here, sadly.Believe it or not, there was just one series of 26 episodes of Willo The Wisp in 1981. The amusing cartoon was shown on BBC1 at 5:35pm just before the evening news.
All of the voices were provided by the genius comedy actor Kenneth Williams, and who could not enjoy his brilliant voices? Each episode was introduced and narrated by Willo The Wisp, a ghost-like sprite creature whose face was a caricature of Williams.
The DVD above features every episode of the cartoon, and, no doubt, it will be just as well-received by kids today as it was back in the early 80s.
Arthur The Caterpillar - who had a rough cockney accent.
Mavis Cruet - an overweight fairy who would cast magic spells that always went wrong.
Evil Edna - the witch inside a TV set who used her aerials to cast nasty spells on the creatures of Doily Woods.
The Moog - a supposed "dog" that couldn't think for itself.
Carwash - a snobby cat that was based on Noel Coward. His catchphrase was "My eyes are not first class, you know".
Twit - a small bird.
The Beast - originally the dim-witted Prince Humbart who turned into a hairy creature with a speech impediment after getting on the wrong side of Evil Edna.
The theme music (featured in the video clip above) was created by Tony Kinsey, an English jazz composer and drummer.
Willo The Wisp Annual 1985
Here are some Willo The Wisp original paperback books