When Rupert and his friend Amelia find the new substitute teacher doing odd things, they discover that she is actually a witch with a magical talking cat who sought them out in order to stop an evil coven of witches from destroying her.

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When Rupert and his friend Amelia find the new substitute teacher doing odd things, they discover that she is actually a witch with a magical talking cat who sought them out in order to stop an evil coven of witches from destroying her.

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Be-switching Tale.
15 November 2015 | by (Hialeah, Florida) – See all my reviews

I finally got around to seeing this on Youtube late last month and I found it to be yet another great ABC Weekend Special. This and the sequel, Miss Switch To The Rescue, are perfect for Halloween and would consider them to be among the best to watch around Halloween's month. It centers on the eponymous character who is a good witch and switches from her true identity as a witch or a sorceress to her alter-ego as a schoolteacher as a front or a cover (hence her name). Soon enough, it becomes evident especially to a couple of her students named Rupert and Amelia when they immediately notice that she's no ordinary teacher from all of the magical occurrences they witness in class. After seeing her as a real witch, the two kids' suspicions are officially confirmed. Once this happens, she enlists their help in going against a bad witch named Saturna.

This and Miss Switch To The Rescue are a couple more animated specials to add to my favorites list. Neither of the books on which these specials are based I ever read, but they're yet more great Ruby-Spears productions re-imagined into their own version. I concur with one of the other reviewers of this. That not just this, but the sequel also needs to be brought to DVD. Not separately, but what would be even better is if they could be released as a back-to-back double feature pack or set. Brilliantly done, a fantastical adventure.


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