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TITLE
The Journey West 6 - Warring Witches
EXTERNAL ID
WHA_006_VF1_02FI_EN
PLACENAME
Western Isles
DATE OF RECORDING
2001
CREATOR
West Highland Animation bho sgeulachdan traidiseanta
SOURCE
West Highland Animation
ASSET ID
3292
KEYWORDS
Culture
Oral Tradition
Supernatural
Witches & Wizards
Western Isles
animation
children
Celtic
magic transformations
cats
Island of the Blest
Land of Youth
video
videos

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In return for a previous favour the powerful Smith is rowing Alda past the Western Isles on her way to the Island of the Blest where she hopes to find her lost brother. Three West Highland Witches confront them. There is Gorm Shuil from Lochaber who is by far the strongest and has special power over cats and her friends the Jura witch who can turn into a midgie and the Islay witch who travels in an egg-shell boat. At first it seems the Island witches will never let them through but when attacked the witches change sides and all unite to save Alda from her enemy Mari Morgana.

This film was Episode 6 of the 7 part Animation Series The Journey West which was made in its entirety by an enthusiastic team at the West Highland Animation Studios Balquhidder. The whole film was drawn on paper before being scanned into the Computer where the colouring, editing and special effects were added. The chief animator and character designer for this Episode was Emma Lazenby who first came to work at West Highland Animation on the Bog Fliuch Series when she graduated from Hull with a degree in Animation in 1999. Her originality and animation skills soon made her indispensable.

The whole film was animated to a traditional tune, arranged and played by Cape Breton super-fiddler Ashley MacIsaac.

Music: Ashley MacIsaac
Intro by: Lynn Morrison and Rod Paul; Breton Bombarde Jean Baron; Uillean Pipes and Flute Michael McGoldrick
Drums Lee Agnew;
Voices: Alda - Catriona Lexis Campbell; Aldan - Domhnall Alisdair Campbell; Bubu, Tramp, Midgie witch - Norman MacLean; Eigg Witch - Daibhidh Walker; Gorm Shuil the Lochaber witch - Carina MacLeod; Mari Morgana - Mairead Ross;
Art Director and Editor: Jim Stirk
Chief Animators and Assistant Directors: Emma Lazenby, Amber Godwin, Matthew Lewis
Pre-Production: Emma Lazenby, Amber Godwin, Matthew Lewis, Dee Matheson
Line Artist: Dee Matheson
Production manager: Kristina Turner
Studio assistants: Fraser Scott, Paul McConnochie
Sound assistant: Tom Davies
Script Consultant: Duncan Fisher
Dub: Michael MacKinnon- Savalas
Executive Producer: John Alick Macpherson
Writer, Director and Producer: Leslie MacKenzie

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The Journey West 6 - Warring Witches

Culture; Oral Tradition; Supernatural; Witches & Wizards; Western Isles; animation; children; Celtic; magic transformations; cats; Island of the Blest; Land of Youth; video; videos

West Highland Animation

WHA - An Turas Siar (cartoons)

In return for a previous favour the powerful Smith is rowing Alda past the Western Isles on her way to the Island of the Blest where she hopes to find her lost brother. Three West Highland Witches confront them. There is Gorm Shuil from Lochaber who is by far the strongest and has special power over cats and her friends the Jura witch who can turn into a midgie and the Islay witch who travels in an egg-shell boat. At first it seems the Island witches will never let them through but when attacked the witches change sides and all unite to save Alda from her enemy Mari Morgana.<br /> <br /> This film was Episode 6 of the 7 part Animation Series The Journey West which was made in its entirety by an enthusiastic team at the West Highland Animation Studios Balquhidder. The whole film was drawn on paper before being scanned into the Computer where the colouring, editing and special effects were added. The chief animator and character designer for this Episode was Emma Lazenby who first came to work at West Highland Animation on the Bog Fliuch Series when she graduated from Hull with a degree in Animation in 1999. Her originality and animation skills soon made her indispensable. <br /> <br /> The whole film was animated to a traditional tune, arranged and played by Cape Breton super-fiddler Ashley MacIsaac. <br /> <br /> Music: Ashley MacIsaac <br /> Intro by: Lynn Morrison and Rod Paul; Breton Bombarde Jean Baron; Uillean Pipes and Flute Michael McGoldrick<br /> Drums Lee Agnew; <br /> Voices: Alda - Catriona Lexis Campbell; Aldan - Domhnall Alisdair Campbell; Bubu, Tramp, Midgie witch - Norman MacLean; Eigg Witch - Daibhidh Walker; Gorm Shuil the Lochaber witch - Carina MacLeod; Mari Morgana - Mairead Ross; <br /> Art Director and Editor: Jim Stirk<br /> Chief Animators and Assistant Directors: Emma Lazenby, Amber Godwin, Matthew Lewis<br /> Pre-Production: Emma Lazenby, Amber Godwin, Matthew Lewis, Dee Matheson<br /> Line Artist: Dee Matheson<br /> Production manager: Kristina Turner<br /> Studio assistants: Fraser Scott, Paul McConnochie<br /> Sound assistant: Tom Davies<br /> Script Consultant: Duncan Fisher<br /> Dub: Michael MacKinnon- Savalas<br /> Executive Producer: John Alick Macpherson<br /> Writer, Director and Producer: Leslie MacKenzie