Witch's Night Out
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A Haunting Halloween Classic!
Featuring The Voice Talent of Gilda Radner!
It s a spooky surprise when a witch s magic wand falls into the wrong hands in this nostalgic Halloween special! A treat for the whole family, this magical animated adventure returns to you just in time to celebrate this spooktacular season!
When a witch hears of a party being held at her haunted mansion, she decides to bring on the fun! Showing off her magical tricks by turning the kids into whatever they want to be for Halloween. However, when her wand disappears the town is turned upside down!
Bonus Features Includes:
- Witch's Night Out - Comic Book
- Casper the Friendly Ghost: There's Good Boos To-Night - The Friendly Ghost - Boo Moon
- Felix The Cat: Skulls and Sculls
- Hoppity Hooper: Ghost
- Space Angel: The Ghost and Crystal Mace
- Popeye the Sailor Man: Spooky Swabs
- New 3 Stooges: Mummies Boys
- Meany, Miny & Moe: House of Magic
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The plot is basically simple: Small and Tender plan on scaring everyone on Halloween with their spooky costumes, while Malicious and Rotten proclaim they hate the holiday itself (though it's not really known why), while Goodly and Nicely decide they should throw a civilized get-together for Halloween in the local 'haunted house.'
Meanwhile, within the house itself resides a witch. But instead of the pointed hat, broom-riding one, she gives off more of a Gloria Swanson vibe. Nevertheless, she laments over the fact that nowadays nobody wants her services, as she recalls how she once used to be in demand. To prove it, she breaks the 'fourth wall' by demonstrating to the audience her powers by transforming her cat into a bat. But still remains upset because she feels she's now unemployed. At the same moment, Goodly and Rotten enter the house as they make plans for the party. Delighted that someone is coming to her house, the Witch makes her own plans to crash the party.
Back on Halloween night, Small and Tender ineffectively attempt to scare the others and it bums them out. One hilarious moment is when Malicious attempts to serve her odd treats of Sardine Meringues to them. Disillusioned they await for Bazooey to read them a bedtime story, but refuse to hear a Halloween Story, so he reads them an ersatz tale about a fairy godmother. Elsewhere at the house, the Witch watches in amazement at the party guests, preparing to cast mischievous spells upon them.
Returning to Small and Tender's bedroom, Bazooey finishes the story, where the two children lament over the fact they could not scare anyone with their costumes. And wished they could have a fairy godmother, while Bazooey claims there's no such thing. But as they wish for being a real ghost and werewolf, it's heard by the Witch who is ecstatic she has two calls on one night. Immediately leaving the party, she heads for Small and Tender's house (by smashing through the window). When the kids think she's a fairy godmother, Bazooey identifies herself as a witch. (The Witch: Okay, so I'm not the Avon Lady.) Naturally she grants the kids' wishes to become real spooks, much to Bazooey's lament, until she proves the entire thing is harmless by changing them back. Then she convinces Bazooey to become a Frankenstein's monster, and changes the kids into their monstrous forms and invites them back to the party.
I'll stop here because I don't want to give the rest of the plot away, but it's one of those timeless classics which puts it up there with 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.' Sadly after it aired in 1972, NBC never rebroadcast it again, and the only time you could see it was on PBS (as a seasonal short for GRETA), or in bits on the Great Space Coaster. Afterwards, Family Home Entertainment did produce a VHS version of this special, despite fact the cover graphics did not represent the characters accurately on the show. But what really stands out about this was for a Halloween Special, it was surprisingly family-friendly (of course, if you don't mind seeing how the 'vampire' version of Nicely is portrayed) and had a simple message for what Halloween was supposed to be about.
Overall, this is a fun little special which I would recommend this classic as part of any Halloween collection. Halloween, it's Witch Magic!
Witch’s Night Out is a truly delightful Halloween special that works on both a kid's and adult’s level.
For the adults there is a wonderful use of 1970s buzz words to “brainstorm” to “create a truly memorable Halloween Experience,” which brings together “Community involvement.” The only thing lacking is the use of the word “synergy” to bring all the big 1970s buzzwords into play . It gleefully satirizes the way business and community leaders talked about problems and solving them. Additionally there are many funny throw-away lines, that make you think “what did she just say?”
For kids there is a not very scary witch – think Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard seeking a comback – who gives the kids what they want, their biggest Halloween wishes. The moral is be careful “what you wish for.” And, like Dorothy in Oz there is a strong desire to get back to home or normal in the case of the young protagonists.
The animation is brisk and fun and the backgrounds colorful and very fall like. The characters are not your typical network animation. In fact this special was made in Canada and features a largely unknown group of vocal talent with two exceptions: the great Gilda Radner as the Witch and Catherine O’Hara (Kevin’s mother from Home Alone) as Malicious.
All in all great fun from the first time I saw it on US network TV about 1980 to the present, and the DVD has benefit of a few additional scenes eliminated from an earlier VHS tape version.