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The Love Bug

Dean Jones , Michele Lee , Robert Stevenson    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The box office success of Disney's 1969 classic The Love Bug inspired a slew of Herbie sequels, and, ultimately, this 1997 remake. Though remakes occasionally best the original (consider Disney's The Parent Trap), this one does not. It is difficult to match the talents of the original cast--namely Dean Jones, Buddy Hackett, and David Tomlinson. At least the car hasn't diminished during its 30-year absence. Herbie is still the smart, quirky Volkswagen Beetle with the same affinity for fast driving and rescuing arrogant-but-charming, washed-up racecar drivers to give them a new life and a new love. In this case, Herbie's progeny is Hank Cooper (played by hunky Bruce Campbell of the Evil Dead trilogy), who acquires Herbie by lottery from the junkyard. Herbie comes to life and begins his usual shenanigans, from popping wheelies to slamming his trunk on the fingers of evildoers, primarily one Simon Moore III (John Hannah). This wealthy, wicked numbskull sold Herbie before realizing his powers and now seeks revenge by creating Herbie's evil twin--a menacing black Beetle. The rest of the story repeats history, yet does so with passionless drudgery. Thankfully, there are two notable highlights: one, a brief cameo appearance by Jones (Herbie's owner, Jim Douglas, from the original film) who lends his larger-than-life persona for an all-too-brief moment; the other, Kevin J. O'Connor, who plays Herbie's eccentric and faithful mechanic, and does so with earnest zeal. The film's slapstick humor and happy ending make for solid family entertainment, but the original reigns supreme. --Lynn Gibson

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A down-and-out racetrack driver, Jim Douglas, acquires a little Volkswagen, but doesn't realize the "bug" is almost human. The car helps Jim win many races but runs away when it feels it is not appreciated, into the clutches of villainous rival Peter Thorndyke. With the help of his friends Tennessee and Carole, Jim changes his attitude, finds the bug, and apologizes. They win another race -- and Jim falls in love with Carole.

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Hey, remember me from the Beauty and the Beast review?
Well, this time, I am talking about Disney's 1969 classic, The Love Bug. It is a great movie, with Herbie, the self-racing Beetle. In this movie, two men who love racing buy the car and race it in many tracks. This is what makes the movie so exciting.
Here's something more exciting: that I think, after many years on last-century videotape, Disney should put this movie on a shiny disc. (or a DVD, whichever you prefer.)
Here are some reasons why: First of all, for those of you who have an older video collection or a rental store nearby, there is a version of The Love Bug on a 15 or 20 year old tape (with neon effects of Mickey at the beginning, probably from the early days of VCRs), and second, many Disney classics are already being put onto DVD (like The Parent Trap, Mary Poppins, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast).
The DVD should have the movie itself (full and wide screen), digitally remastered, THX certified, the original trailer, maybe a documentary or two, foreign language audio and subtitles, and a Herbie Racing game (using the menu arrow buttons as the steering wheel and the enter button, or OK, or set, depends on what DVD player you're using.) And, they should issue the DVD in 2004, for when Disney can call it a "Walt Disney 35th Anniversary Collector's Edition" to make it a big seller.
Only one question: Will it change the way Love Bug fans watch this movie forever? You'll find out when the DVD comes out later!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A few flaws, but a real treat! Jan. 30 2001
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Sometimes I think the professional reviewers don't even watch these movies before mouthing off about them! This IS NOT A REMAKE! IT is another sequel! Sure, the title is misleading, and probably should have been "Herbie Wins Again" or something, but that's what leads me to believe that the reviewer simply read the box. Anyway, as for the movie, from someone who has seen it...I rented this movie when it came out, and was thrilled to see not only a new Herbie movie, but one starring Ash himself, Bruce Campbell! It was obviously low budget, and the music always gives that away. That was probably the biggest flaw of this movie, they ditched the awesome old Herbie theme! I loved that and was really missing it. It was replaced with some totally inapropriate cowboy showdown music, that might have fit in one or two scenes tops. The plot and cast was great though, and the Dean Jones cameo was the icing on the cake. When the price comes down, I recommend getting a copy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best film of the series......... June 13 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
This 1969 hit introduces the world to Herbie, the living VW. He "runs in" to down-on-his-luck race driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) and the story begins. Jim's friend Tennessee (Buddy Hackett) suggests that he race Herbie in a local dirt track race. Herbie of course wins and starts a winning streak. But look out as Thorndike enters the plot. He will give anything to get rid of the VW and tries to on numerous occations. The big road race at the end called The Eldorado is the best part of the movie. Sadly, this film was followed by a sappy sequal, but in 1977, Dean Jones and Don Knots returned to make the hilarious film, Herbie goes to Monte Carlo. The Love Bug was my favorite movie as a kid and I still enjoy it.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herbies Back in A Brand New Adventure! May 14 2001
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I watched the original "The Love Bug" growing up and loved it! I was so thrilled when Disney made this new movie for T.V. In the begining of this movie, things are looking very bad for Herbie. After losing another race, he is sent to the scrap pile. Luckily, he is recued by Hank, a mechanic, who fixes him up. From there, Herbie is back up to his old tricks, including geting Hank and his ex-girlfriend Alex back together. But when an evil Love Bug, Harold, is created, Hank and Harold's owner must race for their cars. Can Herbie defeat this enemy? This price is wonderful and The video is in a clamshell case so you can preserve it for years to come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herbie Saves The Day! April 22 2001
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What an enjoyable family movie! I first saw "Herbie" the Love Bug when I was 10, and many times since then. Kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy this colorful Disney Classic. What a concept: A Volkswagen Beetle with heart & soul and the power necessary to thwart bad guys. Movies don't get any better than this when it comes to pleasing ANY audience. Dean Jones and Michele Lee are wonderful as "Herbie's co-stars". You just can't go wrong with this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True, True Classic! Sept. 13 2003
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This movie is one of Disney's best classics! If you have never seen it, you have missed out on all of Disney!!!! Right away, you fall in love with Herbie, the 'little car' that drove into our hearts!! Dean Jones, Michele Lee, and Buddy Hacket are great in this movie! Watch as Herbie, who has a mind of his own, wins races and makes everyone believe in the 'little car!' A must have for every Disney collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best comedy stunt films ever made June 19 2002
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this is my favorite disney film. if you liked smokey and the bandit you will like this one. what i like best about it is the cross country race at the end of the movie. the music and the stunts fit fantastic. i am waiting for the dvd to come out. this movie is not just for kids. this movie is for everybody. like i said before. the music goes great with the stunts of this film.thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars film fonctionnant seulement dans un dvd lisant la region 2
Exactement le film que j ai commander. Par contre ne joue pas dans un dvd canadien puisqu il s agit d un film de france. Vous devez avoir un dvd qui lira la region 2. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pascale
5.0 out of 5 stars it was verry happy movie
I liked the movie wear it was made and it made me happy the other littl kids liked to watch it a lot
Published 18 months ago by the mutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
This is a wonderful movie and I have enjoyed watching it with my nephews over and over again. I enjoyed it as a young child and can now enjoy it as an adult. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tor
3.0 out of 5 stars Charm can only take the movie so far
This review contains some vague spoilers.

Herbie (the car) is lovable from the start, we all want him to win and be loved by his owner. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2011 by Nicolai Michel
5.0 out of 5 stars the best film walt disney ever made
when the hell are they gonna put this one on dvd. out of all movies i thought for sure that this one would of been one of the first ones on dvd. Read more
Published on April 16 2003 by Nicholas F. Dandrea
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Disney's better films.
A friend and I rented this movie to get up to speed on Bruce Campbell's work (of Evil Dead fame, among countless other movies and TV shows), and did all we could to keep from... Read more
Published on June 12 2001 by Candace
3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Herbie! I think you need a new agent.
First off, let me say I'm glad that this film exists, it being our first Herbie fix in fifteen years, the abortive 1982 television series being the last one. Read more
Published on April 21 2001 by JonathanDP81
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