The Disney+ production of Willow codenamed “Trapper Keeper” is set to begin filming at the Brecon Beacons. The Beacons is the highest mountain range in South Wales where the majority of the filming is being conducted. Sometimes referred to as the Central Beacons, the location gets its name from the Old Red Sandstone peaks. At least that’s what Google told me. It is said the peaks had fires lit on them to warn of invaders back when invaders were problem. Will we see the peaks used in the series as a plot device?
Honestly, just looking at photos of the Brecon Beacons just screams “Willow!”
As you can sense from the photos above, the locations in the area are perfect for the story’s setting. Dikinis, Nelwyns, and Brownies can totally infest this place perfectly and feel right at home. I’m really glad the production is mainly using practical sets in nature for the locations.
I find it funny the production is called Trapper Keeper because as a kid, I rocked these Willow folders every day in my Trapper Keeper. Yes, I was beaten up and bullied a lot for loving Willow. But I didn’t care, because I had my Willow folders. Look at how majestic the art for a kid’s folder was back then:
It makes me wonder if the codename of the production is an homage to the folder or a play on the fantasy trope of a trapper? Or did someone involved in the production have the same folders as I had?
I found photos of the inside and back of the folder here:
These ones were also in the mix, less majestic but still rad:
I hope the future of Willow is bright and this series connects. I feel like it’s going to be pretty rad. I don’t think the powers that be would bring it back without good reason. I also hope the products are not excessive but are solid. Tonka made the toys and I have a lot of love for them but they also really kind of sucked. I still played with them as a child but I was mad they lacked articulation. Years later, I would get the Eborsisk dragon at Monsters in Motion only to lose it in a breakup in my twenties.
Well, that’s the Willow news for the day. I hope you’re as excited as I am about it. I really want it to be rad. I’m so glad it is back.