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Release Date:
27 October 1978 (USA) See more »
A witch, disgruntled by the fact that no one takes Halloween seriously anymore, decides to stir things up and disrupt the social gathering in her old house as well as turn a couple of kids who love monsters into actual monsters. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Gilda Radner ... The Godmother (voice)
Bob Church ... Rotten (voice)
John Leach ... Goodly (voice)
Naomi Leach ... Tender (voice)
Tony Molesworth ... Small (voice)

Catherine O'Hara ... Malicious (voice)

Fiona Reid ... Nicely (voice)
Gerry Salsberg ... Bazooey (voice)

Directed by
John Leach 
Writing credits
John Leach (story by) and
Isobel Jean Rankin (story by) (as Jean Rankin)

John Leach (script by) and
Isobel Jean Rankin (script by) (as Jean Rankin)

Produced by
John Leach .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Rochon 
Film Editing by
Sharon Lackie 
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound recordist (as Gary Bourgeois)
Glen Gauthier .... assistant sound editor
Glen Gauthier .... re-recording mixer
Glen Gauthier .... sound recordist
Robert Grieve .... sound editor (as Bob Grieve)
Robert Grieve .... sound effects (as Bob Grieve)
Sharon Lackie .... assistant sound editor
Don White .... re-recording mixer
Don White .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Bénard .... camera operator
David J. Corbett .... camera operator
Sharon Lackie .... camera operator
Christine Scarff-Vitovich .... camera operator
Animation Department
Mary Aitken .... painter
Ian Bell .... background assistant
Heather Brown .... background assistant
Dave Campbell .... painter
Gilles Chateau .... painter
Yanina Cohen .... animator (as Yanina Volski-Cohen)
Lynda Cook .... painter
David J. Corbett .... painter
Mary Chojnowski Corbett .... painter (as Mary Chojnowski)
Dale Cox .... assistant animator
Stana Damjanovic .... painter (as Stana Albisharat)
Wayne Gilbert .... background assistant
Terry Godfrey .... animator
Diana Havelock .... painter
Keith Ingham .... animator
Michael Inman .... background assistant
Cheryl Kapach .... assistant animator
Mary Lou Kmety .... painter
Louis Krawagna .... additional layout artist
John Leach .... animator
Beverly Lehman .... assistant animator (as Beverly Newberg-Lehman)
Steven Lewis .... painter
Arnie Lipsey .... assistant animator
Jane Little .... painter
Alysoun McKay .... painter
Valori McKay .... painter
Jo-Anne Merrill .... painter
Michael Merrill .... painter
Isobel Jean Rankin .... background artist (as Jean Rankin)
Tina Seemann .... painter (as Tina Seeman)
Carol Sterne .... painter
Doc Thomas .... painter (as F.A. 'Doc' Thomas)
Robin Weins .... painter
Music Department
Peter Rochon .... music producer
Other crew
Sharon Lackie .... production coordinator

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Odd Halloween Special, 8 December 2012
Author: TheExpatriate700 from United States

Witch's Night Out is a bizarre late 70s Halloween cartoon with some surprisingly adult subtexts. It follows the adventures of a witch who helps some trick or treaters by changing them into their favorite monsters.

There are a number of things that set this special apart, starting with its soundtrack. It has an electronic, disco-influenced score, reminding one a bit of Electric Light Orchestra. This goes well with the at times psychedelic animation style. Although the animation itself is rather clunky, the character designs are rather interesting, with the witch looking like a dominatrix.

However, the film's most distinctive quality is a subtext of emotional and even sexual repression. For example, one timid character ends up transformed into a very sexualized vampire. It'll go over the kids' heads, but adults might have a laugh.

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