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  • Actors: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi, Mary Norton, Ralph Wright, Ted Berman
  • Producers: Bill Walsh
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CI7Z
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When a mail-order apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury) is saddled with three sibling refugees from London during World War II, the outlook is grim. But the kids soon discover her secret and sign on for adventure in the name of England. With the aid of a magical bed, they track down her fraudulent headmaster (David Tomlinson) to find the spell that will aid the Allies. Fascinated that she has actually achieved results with his lessons, he joins forces. The quintet does battle with corrupt booksellers, animated-lion royalty, and, eventually, invading Germans. Songs include Lansbury's Oscar-nominated "The Age of Not Believing." This film is often compared to director Robert Stevenson's earlier effort, Mary Poppins, and for good reason. In addition to Tomlinson, the movies share a fondness for magic at the hands of a good woman, light romance with an understanding male, and wide-eyed children. Stevenson also graces both films with interaction between humans and animated animals. Disney is wise to play up that aspect on its box this time around as both the underwater ball and the subsequent island soccer match are the most visually interesting and appealing parts of the film. Adults may find the 1971-vintage mixing of actors and animation a bit creaky, but kids used to a variety of animation quality will find the action a hoot. Ages 4 and up. The movie has been recut several times but was restored to the original length of 139 minutes for its 30th anniversary in 2001. --Kimberly Heinrichs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is my favorite Disney movie ever created. However, it is also one of the most overlooked ones as well. I've watched this movie since I was a little child, and you never get bored of it. One childhood memory I have, is watching this movie with my family. Now, I watch this 30th Anniversary DVD with my baby brother. Now I'll tell you all what this classic is about.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is about a middle aged apprentice witch named Eglantine Price who lives in 1940 England. She is ordered to watch after 3 children who have been evacuated from London. The kids find out Miss Price's secret, and they also find out that Miss Price learns witchcraft from a mailorder course. To make a pact that states that if they keep her secret, she'll make it worth her while. So, she enchants a brass bedknob that will make them go wherever they want. However, the school closes, without the most important final spell, the Subsitutiary Locomotion spell.
So, using the bedknob, they go to London and seek out the headmaster of the school, Emelius Brown. Mr Brown can't find the spell either because the book he got out the spell of is torn, and the spell is only found on a necklace of a sorcerer named Astoroth.
Anyway, they go to Portobello Road, like a mini mall, and learn that towards the end of Astoroth's life, he captured animals and kept them in cages to make them more human like. The animals rebelled and killed Astoroth and stole the necklace. The animals escaped and took refuge on a mythical Isle named Niboombu.
The animation starts know as the tiny group explore the sea and then the island using hte traveling bedknob, and get the necklace that has the spell on it after a fun soccer game with a lion, which almost ends our story.
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Format: DVD
"Bedknobs and Broomsticks" is a very enchanting film set in Great Britain during the WWII. Angela Lansbury gives an excellent performance as Miss Price. Miss Price's character is interested in the world of magic, and is asked to take on orphaned children. She is reluctant at first, but then she becomes attached to them. In addition, she ends up taking the children on a cartoonlike adventure in pursuit of a special spell. One of the funny parts of the movie is that she confronts the Emelius Browne (played by David Tomlinson) about the whereabouts of the spell. Miss Price wants to find out because she intends to help as a protector in the war situation. Emelius Browne is actually shocked that Miss Price has had some success in the magic arena. This is due to the fact that he wasn't expecting any of his book spells to hold any power. "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" is a great movie to watch as a mood booster because it has moments of laughter and happy themes.
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Format: VHS Tape
I enjoy Walt Disney films and shows on television and had grown to like the tv show The Wonderful World of Disney. I had not been to Disneyland yet, but had seen pictures and images on television. Bedknobs and Broomsticks was probably the first Walt Disney motion picture I saw at a drive-in. I had never seen a magical film like this. To be honest, I wasn't too taken by Lansbury (I like her now!). I was probably thinking of a different actress on another bewitching show. But I enjoyed the special effects and the flying brass bed. The knights with invisible people inside stuck in my mind. They had an exhibit at the drive-in snack bar where the knights suit of armor was displayed. I was too young to figure it all out about the special effects, but what was nice is that the Walt Disney Company could make magical films and give me nice dreams. I have learned to respect all that is Disney. Now I am 41 and have an almost grown daughter. I just saw the restored version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I found the film to still be a delight. Like Angela Lansbury! Still like Walt Disney films. Still like the fantasy of it all. And have been to Disneyland many times. Wouldn't we all like to have a bedknob that could do that. That poor scruffy black cat. I did have a nice black cat for 13 years.
The 30th Anniversary edition is the restored version with nearly 23 minutes of footage found and added into the film. This time the film is more fun, enjoyable and easier to understand. At the end of the film is a featurette with Angela Lansbury and the Sherman Brothers.
Trvia Note: Did you know the Walt Disney Company and Angela Lansbury have the same birthdate? Shorter prints run 98 min. and 117 min. This newly restored version runs 2 hours, 19 minutes.
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By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME on Sept. 20 2003
Format: DVD
Continuing along nostalgia road we go, this time with an old favorite that can be watched over and over by all ages.
Given that this is an old movie, the special effects are much better than could be expected, especially the underwater ball in the lagoon, the football match, and the military force powered by substitutiary locomotion. The musical numbers are also well choreographed, especially Portobello Road.
If this film were to be remade today, I would shudder to think of the cost with all the computer generated images (cgi), with maybe Meg Ryan, Ashley Judd or Sandra Bullock as Eglantine Price, and Tom Hanks, Bill Murray or Steve Martin as Professor Emilius Browne, but I digress. No attempt to remake this movie would be as successful as the original, despite its simple story line and cheesy acting of the time. The passion and energy put into its production shines right through and catches you firmly in its grasp until the very last frame flickers by.
Every time you watch this movie you will see things that you hadn't noticed before, or hadn't remembered from the first time you saw it way back when.
Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson are outstanding, and this movie is definitely rated 5 thumbs up!
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