A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid the world of all children. Written by
Saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy they've turned into a mouse!
Did You Know?
After a test screening, Roald Dahl
angrily expressed to the producers how "appalled" he was at "the vulgarity, the bad taste" and "actual terror" in certain parts of the film. Dahl demanded his name and the title be removed from the film prior to release, but after receiving an apologetic, complimentary letter from Jim Henson
, Dahl grudgingly withdrew his threat. See more
When the Grand High Witch gets out of the taxi, she is wearing white shoes and blue pants. When she enters the hotel, she is wearing a black and green dress. See more
When your father was a boy like you, and living with me here in Norway, I told him about witches too, so that he would always be aware. Now, the most important thing you should know about real witches is this - now listen very carefully! Real witches dress in ordinary clothes, and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses, and they work in ordinary jobs.