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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Bedknobs and Animated Broomsticks
"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...
Published 20 months ago by Stella Carrier
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Mary Poppins"
The storyline in "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"lagged a bit,and the songs aren't too memorable(the only song I ever remember from this movie is"Substitutiary Locomotion").However,the animated sequences in "Bedknobs"was done a lot better than the animated sequences in"Mary Poppins"(the soccer match was funny!).David Tomlison was funny in...
Published on Feb 19 2002 by M. L. Smith
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Bedknobs and Animated Broomsticks,
This review is from: Bedknobs And Broomsticks Enchanted Musical Edition (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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bedknobs and BRomsticks,
This review is from: Bedknobs And Broomsticks Enchanted Musical Edition (DVD)A fun and funny movie. A good fit for children and parents to share, there is something in there for everyone in the family, and for boys as well as girls. Quality is good too.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful classic movie,
This review is from: Bedknobs And Broomsticks Enchanted Musical Edition (DVD)I've loved this movie since I was a child. It is lovely to have a beautiful copy on dvd. Angela Lansbury is charming in this.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for my toddler,
This review is from: Bedknobs And Broomsticks Enchanted Musical Edition (DVD)My little girl is mad about Mary Poppins so I thought this would be a good break from listening to "Step in Time" 45 times a day. It is just as much fun and the songs are great. I am withholding one star simply because there is a bit more grown up content (well, as dark as it can get with Disney) with the war bits and the "battle" at the end. It may have been better to wait a bit for this one. Excellent otherwise.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Mary Poppins",
This review is from: Bedknobs & Broomsticks (VHS Tape)The storyline in "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"lagged a bit,and the songs aren't too memorable(the only song I ever remember from this movie is"Substitutiary Locomotion").However,the animated sequences in "Bedknobs"was done a lot better than the animated sequences in"Mary Poppins"(the soccer match was funny!).David Tomlison was funny in the animated sequences,but his performance was disappointing in the live-action scenes.(David was a LOT more convincing in "Mary Poppins").
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Wonderful Movie! 5+ Stars!,
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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. After getting the necklace and returning home, the Nazi soldiers attack, and using the Spell, Miss Price and Company defeat them.
Now, I highly reccomend this DVD because of its digitally restored and digitally remastered format, and the resolution is so clear. This also has one of the best climaxes in Disney history, when they fight the Nazi's, and also has great animation.
As Mr Brown says, "Do it with a Flair", and get this 30th anniversary DVD, Digitally Restored and Remastered and Ready to Go!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poppins-lite,
Angela Lansbury gives her most likable screen characterisation (apart from perhaps Jessica Fletcher!) and shows to those not familiar with her Broadway career that she can sing and dance. David Tomlinson brushes off the stuffy ghost of Poppins' George Banks and plays a buffoon with great relish. The children are all well cast and shine in slightly cliched and under-written roles. Special mention must go to Roddy McDowell for a lovely cameo as a scheming cleric and to British-favourite Bruce Forsyth as a flick-knife toting 'spiv'.
The animated sequence involving the 'Beautiful Briney' is wonderful and, once the characters reach dry land, the soccer game with the animals is as 'Looney Tunes' as Disney would probably dare be! The rest of the film is slightly slow in places but has some excellent set-pieces, in particular the Portabello Road musical interlude, the clothing being 'magic-ed' to life and the final 'Armour vs. Nazis' showdown. The special effects are very good for the age, especially the animated object scenes. The score, by the Shermans, isn't a patch on their Mary Poppins but includes some real gems including the afore-mentioned 'Beautiful Briney' and 'Portabello Road' as well as the catchy 'Substituciary Locomotion'.
This edition includes around fifteen minutes of previously cut scenes and lines of dialogue that have been re-inserted into the main body of the film. Unfortunatly, the audio from these clips has been lost, and so the lines had to be re-recorded with varying degrees of success. Lansbury and McDowell have supplied their own voices but Tomlinson's, the children's and Tessy O'Shea's have been 'impersonated' quite poorly, meaning that those with relatively keen ears can tell when a newly inserted scene is playing. The audio for the songs survived, meaning that 'Eglantine' and 'Portabello Road' have been extended, although some of the film quality in the latter also draws attention to the cut scenes. These quibbles do not, however, spoil the film and the re-inserted scenes at least clarify McDowell's character's intensions towards Miss Price. Prior to this edition, we were not aware that he was wanting to marry her for her 'nice, sturdy house' - which is why he is jumping up and down on her porch when she answers the door to him!
Overall, this is a film that plays well to all ages (I loved it as a child and now sit and watch it often with my son). It's unfortunate that it will forever live in Mary Poppins' substantial shadow (along with the weaker Pete's Dragon), but at least it lives as one of the better Disney films made in those wilderness years prior to The Little Mermaid'.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angela Lansbury and the flying brass bed.,
This review is from: Bedknobs & Broomsticks (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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Disney Adventure,
This review is from: Bedknobs/Broomsticks (VHS Tape)While the special effects on this movie are rather outdated (they were really quite good for the era) the story line still delivers an enjoyable experience, and is hightened by the fabulous acting of Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson and superb song and dance scenes.
While the youngest viewers will delight in the scenes where live action and animation mix, and where everyday objects take on lives of their own, I recommend this movie primarily for older kids and adults. The movie is to some extent a little slow paced compared to many modern childrens movies, which may cause the smaller children to grow a little restless, and much of the plot will be lost on the younger audience. I first saw this movie when I was four or five years old, and enjoyed it thuroughly, but it wasn't until years later that I was able to understand what was going on with the Nazis and the war and was able to truly appreciate it.
Now as an adult I'm able to fully enjoy every aspect of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and think it's great fun!
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic,
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