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The Special Magic of Herself the Elf (1983)

Not Rated | | Animation, Short, Family | TV Short
Herself the elf must stop a crazy evil wizard Thorn and his daughter Creeping-Ivy from destroying nature.


Raymond Jafelice


Diane Dixon (as Dianne Dixon)


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Credited cast:
Denny Dillon ... Meadow Morn (voice)
Georgia Engel ... Willow Song (voice)
Ellen Greene ... Creeping Ivy (voice)
Terri Hawkes ... Snow Drop (voice)
Jim Henshaw Jim Henshaw ... Wilfie - a Wood Sprite (voice)
Priscilla Lopez ... Herself the Elf (voice)
Jerry Orbach ... King Thorn (voice)
Susan Roman ... Wood Pink (voice)


Herself the elf must stop a crazy evil wizard Thorn and his daughter Creeping-Ivy from destroying nature.

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Throughout most of the film, Meadow Morn is seen wearing tights. But when she's captured Creeping Ivy and put in a cage, Meadow Morn is bare-legged. In the next scene with Meadow Morn, she has on tights again. See more »

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There's Nothing The Magic of This Elf And The Others Can't Fix.
4 July 2019 | by Dawalk-1See all my reviews

Here is another grand discovery that I came upon while searching online for something else. This one I came across as I was looking at a blog with one article devoted to '80s cartoons, listed in alphabetical order. Not among what I grew up on watching, so this was another one new to me. A week ago or over a week ago, I became interested enough to watch this on Youtube and I'm glad I did as I always do when I find a true classic. Doesn't disappoint, one of the best '80s cartoons have to offer. I really try to know how to pick them. I'm jealous that I wasn't among those who were aware of this at the time and I wish I had known about it sooner.

I haven't usually gone for the girly 'toons, but as of right now, this has been one of the exceptions and I'm grateful I chose to take a chance. It may be somewhat cutesy, but it's actually better than what it is presumed to be on first sight. As I read and learned more about it, the eponymous, main heroine, originated from a series of greetings cards and there were also some read-along, audio books as well. As some may know, when a cartoon is based on some form of merchandise, they may or may not work out well. In fact, the majority are usually or almost always nothing more than extended advertisements, promotions, or commercials. But not this, this isn't one of them, it's so much more than that. I guess it all depends on how it's handled and in this case, it's one of those things that did work out very well in the end after all.

In addition to Herself the Elf, there are four, other, female elves and they each represent a different part of nature: Meadow Morn (who is responsible for the fauna), Willow Song (who is responsible for music), Snow Drop (who is responsible for the weather, especially rain), and Wood Pink (who is responsible for colors). They are the protectors of the environment and especially their home, which is the forest, and they do anything they can to keep whatever threats that may be to destroy it at bay. The antagonists, Thorn (a wizard), Creeping Ivy (his daughter with vegetative powers) , and Vendetta (Thorn's pet vulture), plan to vanquish all that is wholesome in the world. They capture Herself, steal her wand, and keep her captive for a year. The stolen wand won't work again for a year and a day. After that, the other elves come to her aid, but before that, they meet a male wood sprite named Wilfie, who narrates and accompanies them on their quest. How will they be able to free Herself and restore nature from darkness to brightness?

This is a fantastic animated fantasy movie that has since been added to my favorites list. Everything about it is how a quality work should be. The heroines and hero are lovable whereas the villains are who one would love to hate, the art and animation are well-done and couldn't be any more fluid, the story is written without any problems in it, the voice acting is strong, the music is composed and performed well (with the theme sung by Judy Collins and the villains' song being great as well). Everything about it just falls into the right place. Unfortunately, this was never expanded into a T.V. series, which is another one of those greats that should've been. I would've liked to see other adventures to be had. This seems to be one of the truly overlooked and underrated greats from the '80s or otherwise. Whether it's a Canadian or partly Canadian cartoon, this is one of my favorites made by that country. A paragon of how more animation of recent years ought to be. Like others of their caliber, this deserved so much more that what it got. This shouldn't be so obscure nor forgotten, because it's a spellbinding or enchanting experience. Please don't skip it, recommended.

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