Review of Tweeny Witches (2003)

Moving picture

An idealistic 11-year-old falls into a magical kingdom where fairies come in all sorts of shapes and are enslaved by witches.

Children’s secondary-world fantasy with a primary-world beginning. I like the lack of cuteness and the unconventional styles of Studio 4°C, but the show fails for two reasons: The secondary world is a kitchen-sink fantasy, never making sense, and the animation and direction are very choppy. There is a strong feeling that the principal creators never had the guts to take this seriously.

On a language note, the main character’s weird name, Arusu (sometimes interpreted as “Alice”) is explained as a transcription of the Latin ars for art in the sense of magic.

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