Oh, Honey Halfwitch
She's a funny kid witch
What a honey!
When she flies up on her broom
She get's all around with the zoom zoom zoom
She's magical and mystical and smart
Oh, Honey Halfwitch
Bright and sunny
She's as cute as a bunny
She's half wizard and half girl
She waves her wand and you're in her world
She's full of tricks and sweet as an apple pie
A half-pint pixie is sure to win your heart.
Another post on Paramount's sixties cartoon, since I happened to upload this on YouTube and I haven't posted it here yet.
Howard Post, who passed away few weeks ago, succeeded as the head of Paramount's animation studio after the death of Seymour Kneitel. During his brief takeover he created a character called Honey Halfwitch, a little witch apprentice originally voiced by Shari Lewis. She first appeared in a 1965 Modern Madcap called Poor Little Witch Girl. Soon after the character got her own series with a dozen more shorts to follow.
Post wrote most of the shorts and directed the first six. After Post was fired Shamus Culhane took over and was required to fulfill the the contract by finishing off the rest of the series. Culhane directed three before leaving the remaining four to Chuck Harriton (with new designs and voice).
Culhane never had a strong feeling for the series, noting in his book Talking Animals and Other People: "Honey was ostensibly a little girl, and followed the usual heavy-handed attempts at cuteness which had bogged down the studio since the days of Betty Boop."
Here's one of the three that Culhane directed. Watching it, it's understandable why Culhane never cared for the series. While Post did direct some interesting shorts and experimented with different styles (such as The Itch) these Halfwitch cartoons are remnants of the fifties cartoons starring Casper and Little Audrey. That said, I had a slight chuckle at this exchange:
Stanley: As a sorcerer I am a failure. I presume there is nothing left to do but my saw trick.
Honey: What's that, Stanley?
Stanley: It's where I saw myself completely in half.
Honey: Yeah, then what?
Stanley: That's it, I just saw myself in half.
Shari Lewis did Honey, Cousin Maggie, and the Prince's women. Bradley Bolke did Stanley and possibly all the other male voices.