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by | Sep 15, 2022 | Film & TV

The fun returns to fantasy with the new Willow series

A Good Old Magical Quest

Step aside Rings of Power and the House of the Dragon, and make way for some real fun. The Willow Disney+ series that follows on from George Lucas’s 1988 classic movie has a full trailer and debuts on the streaming channel on 30 November. Amongst all the grit and angst of modern fantasy fare it is great to see a return to big hearted adventure.

The original starred Warwick Davies as the titular Willow Ufgood, Val Kilmer, Joane Whalley and Jean Marsh and has become a cult classic over the ensuing years. A follow up has been rumoured for ages, and no doubt spurred on by the rennaisance in fantasy on our screeens, Disney gave it a green light.

Davies returns as the now powerful wizard who is called upon by a motley crew of heroes to aid them in their quest as evil has returned! That sentence is all we need to know, the trailer aboves shows how good it looks and that it has nailed the humour and love of the original.

Bored of The Rings? Sick of Dancing Dragons?

Well fear not, Willow Ufgood is conjuring up the fun again, Joanne Whalley is back, the new cast looks fantastic – as do the producton values. In fact it all looks delightful, proof that fantasy doesn’t have to get darker all the time to somehow be ‘serious’. Maybe innocent escapism is back?

A huge benefit here is that, apart from the original film, the Willow series is refreshingly unencumbered by existing lore. There is also no waiting army of keyboard warriors chomping at the bit to take it to task for not interpreting the letter of the  original authors work correctly. This will be a TV show where the writers have been able to craft their own story without having to constantly check it against some existing pseudo-history – which makes it (for me at least) one of the most exciting shows coming to our screens.

And – he’s rocking a medieval wizard style utility vest! Not even Gandalf has one of them.

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Val Kilmer and Warwick Davies in Willow 1988.

The new Wilow series debuts on Disney+ on 30 November.

 

Written by Iain Hazlewood

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