Winsome Witch

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Winsome Witch is a television series produced by Hanna Barbera Studios which aired in the mid-1960s.[1] The main character, Winnie, is a witch who casts mischievous spells on people. Her travels take her all over the world. It aired alongside Secret Squirrel and Squiddly Diddly on The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show.

Plot[edit]

Winsome W. Witch (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl whose character is also called "Winnie") is a friendly, yet somewhat inept, witch. Winnie's catch phrase when casting a spell was "Ippity - Pippity - Pow!" (when the magic spell is conjured, the Jet Screamer entrance cue from The Jetsons is heard). She often flies around on a magical broom.

List of Episodes[edit]

Season One[edit]

# Title Summary
1 Have Broom Will Travel Winnie goes to the Acme Employment Agency to get a job. Mr. Acme later calls to inform her that he has a babysitting job for her. The two little boys, Ringo and Clyde, are more trouble than Winnie bargained for.
2 Prince of a Pup Winnie tries to help out the Queen to get rid of Snow White.
3 Operation Broom Switch Two spies switch Winnie's broom with a non-enchanted one, but their plans fail when they realize they don't have the secret word that makes the broom zoom.
4 The Hansel and Gretel Case Two children show up at Winnie's house claiming to be Hansel and Gretel.
5 The Little Big League Winnie helps out a little league team when one of their players is sick.
6 School Teacher Winnie Winnie takes on a job as a school teacher.
7 Good Red Riding Hood Winnie uses her magic to help Little Red Riding Hood evade the Big Bad Wolf
8 Winnie's Baby Winnie discovers a baby on her door step. She adopts the child and names it Spooky.
9 How Now Cinderella Winnie tells some children how she met Cinderella on her way to the ball.
10 Have Broom Will Zoom Winnie hops on her broom to try to find a flying saucer. She gets zapped onto the saucer and meets some aliens who take her to their planet.
11 Winnie the Sheriff Winnie arrives in an all male western town, where all the men like her. But when the outlaw cowboys come, she's elected sheriff where she uses her power to thwart the robber. After that, though she appreciates that the cowboys like her, she cannot withstand so much attention. To remedy this, Winnie conjures up a stagecoach full of ladies to come live in the town and marry the men.
12 Welcome Wagging After many fruitless attempts of trying to find a puppy a home, Winnie adopts it.
13 Shoo Spy The Pentagon's Chief of Secret Operations calls in Winnie Witch to deal with enemy spy Dr. Zero. Surprisingly, her magic fails to thwart him, so she tries a different approach. When Dr. Zero said he turned to espionage because no woman wanted to date him, she tries to improve his appearance to gain the attention of the ladies, and thus he quits his spying.
14 Hollywood or Busted Winnie wins a trip to Hollywood after coming up with the winning slogan for a bar soap company. At Hollywood, she gets to be in a horror movie with Roger Glamoore (who's disguised as a monster). After shooting, a Hollywood tour bus passes by and Winnie notices the stewardess from the plane ride. She sets her up a date with Roger (out of costume) while Winnie ends up getting a date with Frankenstein.
15 Wolfcraft Vs. Witchcraft After being stopped by Winsome Witch many times, who is protecting the Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf tries to fight magic with magic.
16 Tallyho the Hunter Winnie Witch transforms into different animals in order to stop a hunter.
17 Witch Hitch Winnie goes to Washington DC after hearing that a flying saucer landed on the White House's lawn.
18 Ugly Duckling Trouble Winnie tries to help an Ugly Duckling feel better about himself.
19 Witch Witch is Witch Winnie baby sits twin brothers. When she falls asleep, the boys play with her wand, turning the house into a castle and themselves into monkeys. When they forget the magic words and their parents are about to come back, Winnie's broom wakes her up.

Season Two[edit]

# Title Summary
20 Good Little Scout Tom Thumb wants to be a Boy Scout, but is supposedly too small to join. Winnie helps him gain confidence.
21 Potluck Winnie attempts to help out the chef in Joe's Cafe but things don't go quite as she planned.
22 Pussycat Man In order to stop the two-headed villain called The Thinker who is committing a crime wave in Metropolis City, Winnie helps out her favorite superhero Pussycat Man after he's sidelined.
23 Sheriff Winnie In a thunderstorm, Winnie & her broom arrive in a western town. The Mayor appoints her sheriff, and she has to capture a bad guy. After the bad guy fails (with Winnie using her magic to discourage him), the bad guy goes straight & wants to court Winnie Witch!
24 Wee Winnie Witch Winnie's mischievous, visiting niece bewitches everything she pleases and her aunt does her best to keep her and her magic in line. After a while, Wee Winnie goes too far, forcing Winnie to resort to witch-style corporal punishment.
25 Sea-Dogged Winnie gets shanghaied by a grumpy, bossy Captain who makes Winnie his scullery maid. Winnie decides to teach him some manners.
26 Wild Wild Witch In a parody of The Wizard of Oz, a tornado transports Winnie to a magical land where she ends up having to seek out the Wild Wizard.

Voices[edit]

Other voices include Dick Beals, Mel Blanc, Henry Corden, Allan Melvin, John Stephenson, and Janet Waldo

DVD release[edit]

The episode "Prince Of A Pup" is available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960's Vol. 1.

Other appearances[edit]

Winsome Witch appeared in the Fender Bender 500 segment of Wake, Rattle, and Roll. She is shown to have a cat named Lucky (voiced by Don Messick) as her driving partner where she drives a cauldron-modeled monster truck called the Sonic Broom which also has on it a talking skeleton named Axel (voiced by Neil Ross).

Film[edit]

In September 2013, it was reported that Warner Bros. will produce a live-action/animated film, similar to Fox and Bagdasarian's Alvin & the Chipmunks. George and Bill Miller, director of Happy Feet, will make any first future live-action films based on Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

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