Willow

Willow


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Show Notes


Casey, Josh, and Vince talk one of Casey’s favorite childhood films, Willow! An adventure into a world of magic and wonders. We meet Willow Ufgood, an aspiring magician, who finds himself teaming up with the unlikely hero Madmartigan to protect the child of prophecy and save the kingdom.Sorshas turn to good:

Sorshas turn to good:

A scene was filmed but cut, which during the battle at Tir Asleen, Sorsha finds her father whom has been turned to stone by Bavmorda and Sorsha’s father communicates with Sorsha and pleads with Sorsha to side with Willow and Madmartigan and help them protect Elora Danan and defeat Bavmorda. Hence Sorsha betraying Bavmorda and succumbing to Madmartigan’s affections for her.

Brownies, did they work?

Rick Overton’s and Kevin Pollak’s scenes were done against blue screens on sound stages, and were then added into the scenes with full-size characters in post production.

Favorite characters:

Billy Barty – high eldwyn (dumbledore)
Airk – seemed cool

Fun Facts and Easter Eggs

  • Between 225 and 240 little people hired for the film
  • Warwick was 17 when filming
  • Devil dogs were Rottweilers in rubber suits
  • The large group of pigs outside the castle continuously tried mating. Buckets of cold water were used to separate them.
  • According to the press kits and subsequent novels, the two-headed dragon was named “Eborsisk,” a reference to the movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. The word does not occur in the film but made it into some reviews.
  • The character of the evil general Kael is said to have been named after film critic Pauline Kael.
  • The six-month-old twins playing Elora Danan were too young to have a full head of hair. They wear a wig, which was applied using syrup, as normal wig adhesive would be too harsh for the babies’ skin.
  • The scene where the baby is sick on Burglekutt was not written into the script. Willow walked with a limp which gave Rebecca motion sickness. When she was lifted up, she threw up over his head, and it was so funny they kept it in the film.
  • This one Various major film studios turned down the chance to distribute and co-finance it with Lucasfilm because they believed the fantasy genre was unsuccessful. This was largely due to films such Dragonslayer (1981), Krull (1983), Legend (1985) and Labyrinth (1986).

Movie Info


Director: Ron Howard

Story: George Lucas

Screenplay: Bob Dolman

Release date: May 20 1998

Budget: 35 million

Gross: 57 million

Reviews:
Critic Score: 50%
Audience Score: 79%
Imdb: 7.3

Oscar Noms:
Sound effects editing
Best Effects

Starring:
Warwick Davis – Willow Ufgood

Val Kilmer – Mad Mortegan

Joanna Whaley – Sorsha

Jean Marsh – queen Bavmorda

Casting Considerations:
John Cusack tested for the role of Madmartigan, but lost to Val Kilmer. He considers this his biggest disappointment.

Plot:
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