Daniels, Merley, Dorset
Willo the Wisp actually started life as the flammable
star of a Super Natural
Gas film. Nick Spargo's ten minute film for the National
Grid was made in 1975,
and it took us through the whole flaming process and
delivery of this blue power,
from the gas fields of the North Sea to our suburban living
rooms - complete
with Kenneth Williams' sour voice on the soundtrack.
Six years of fundraising and development later, and
Willo was the star of
very own show, set in the heart of Doyley Woods, and
playing host to the
ever-plump Mavis Cruet, Carwash the cat, Arthur the
caterpillar, Evil Edna
and a gaggle of extraordinary misfits and outcasts.
And twenty-four years later, Nick Spargo's daughter
Bobbi is inviting us
back to the wood, where we'll find that Willo is a little
more waspish, Mavis
has slimmed down a pound, and Edna has discovered the joys of
widescreen. Which means it's business as usual for our
Screen's DVD includes all 26 episodes of the show, specially remastered
from the original films. Plus they've included that first
Super Natural Gas film,
and an extended preview of the brand-new series, which
is just about to air
UK, prior to Silva Screen's DVD release early next year.
web site fills in the details, and teases us with yet more
Willo goodies and news too...
"Let's see now... There's a farty blue flame,
a fat fairy, an obstreperous caterpillar,
a cat who looks suspiciously
like Noel Coward... Oh, and a walking, talking
- nay, cackling - television
set... And they bicker and bother their way through
a five minute story, set in a bleak
English wood.... On paper, this one shouldn't
work. Indeed, the committees who construct
today's teatime tv would probably
toss this one aside before they even
reached their boardroom. But this unique
little show wove magic on its audience,
conjuring up 8 million viewers at
its peak. And if you wander into Doyley
Woods today, you'll find that Nick
Spargo's splendid creation has lost
absolutely none of its appeal... "
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the Wisp is rated U in the United Kingdom.
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