Room on the Broom

Synopsis: To the annoyance of her cat a kindly witch allows a dog, a bird and a frog who have helped her retrieve things she has lost to ride on her broomstick, making it top heavy. The broom is destroyed by a fire-breathing dragon who threatens to eat the witch but the creatures band together to impersonate a monster and save her. As a result she fashions a luxurious new broom with seats on which they can all ride comfortably.
Director(s): Jan Lachauer, Max Lang
Production: Magic Light Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
25 min

The witch had a cat...

...and a very tall hat.

And long ginger hair

which she wore in a plait.

Iggety, ziggety...

zaggety... zo!

How the cat purred and

how the witch grinned...

As they sat on their broomstick

and flew through the wind.


But how the witch wailed

and how the cat spat

When the wind blew so

wildly it blew off the hat!

- Down! - Cried the witch

and they flew to the ground.

They searched for the hat...

...but no hat could be found.

Then out of the bushes

on thundering paws

There bounded a...

dog with the hat in his jaws.

He dropped it politely...

...then eagerly said,

(As the witch pulled the

hat firmly down on her head.)

I am a dog, as keen as can be...

Is there room on the

broom for a dog like me?

- Yes!

- Cried the witch...

...and the dog clambered on.

The witch tapped the broomstick...

...and whoosh they were gone!

Over the fields and

the forests they flew.

The dog wagged his tail

and the stormy wind blew.

The witch laughed aloud

and held on to her hat.

But away blew the bow

from her long ginger plait.

- Down! - Cried the witch

and they flew to the ground.

They searched for the bow...

...but no bow could be found.

Then out from a tree with

an ear-splitting shriek

There flapped a green bird

with the bow in her beak.

She dropped it politely

and bent her head low

Then said, as the witch

tied her plait in a bow...


I am a bird as green as can be.

Is there room on the

broom for a bird like me?

- Yes!

- Cried the witch... the bird fluttered on.

The witch tapped the broomstick...

A-a-a-nd w-w-whooosh!

They were gone.

Over the reeds and the rivers they flew.

The bird shrieked with glee...

...and the stormy wind blew.

They shot through the

sky to the back of beyond.

The witch clutched her bow...

...but let go of her wand!

- Down! - Cried the witch

and they flew to the ground.

They searched for the wand...

...but no wand could be found.

Then all of a sudden from out of a pond

Leapt a dripping wet frog...

...with a dripping wet wand.

He dropped it politely

then said with a croak.

(As the witch dried the

wand on a fold of her cloak.)

I am a frog... clean as can be...

Is there room on the

broom for a frog like me?

- Yes!

- Cried the witch.

So the frog bounded on.

The witch tapped the broomstick...

...a-a-a-a-nd... whoosh!

They were gone.

Over the moors and the

mountains they flew.

The frog jumped for joy...

...and the broom snapped in two!

Down fell the cat and

the dog and the frog.

Down they went tumbling into a bog.

The witch's half

broomstick flew into a cloud

And the witch heard a roar

that was scary and loud.

I am a dragon as mean as can be...

...and I'm planning to have

witch and chips for my tea.

- No! - Cried the witch,

flying higher and higher

The dragon flew after

her, breathing out fire!


...cried the witch,

flying down to the ground.



She looked all around...


...but no help could be found.

The dragon drew nearer and

licking his lips said...

Maybe this once...

...I'll have witch without chips.

But just as he planned

to begin on his feast...

From out of a ditch

rose a horrible beast!

It was tall, dark and sticky

and feathered and furred

It had four frightful heads,

it had wings like a bird.

And its terrible voice

when it started to speak

Was a yowl and a growl

and a croak and a shriek!

It dripped and it squelched

as it strode from the ditch.

And it said to the dragon...

Buzz off!

- That's

- My - Witch!

The dragon drew back

and he started to shake.

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Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson (born 16 September 1948) is an English writer, playwright and performer, and the 2011–2013 Children's Laureate. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She originally wrote songs for children's television but has concentrated on writing books since the words of one of her songs, "A Squash and a Squeeze", were made into a children's book in 1993. Of her 184 published works, 64 are widely available in bookshops. The remaining 120 are intended for school use and include her Songbirds phonic reading scheme, which is part of the Oxford University Press's Oxford Reading Tree. more…

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