Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
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One of the stars of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, is re-united with that film's composer and lyricist, Richard M.Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, in this big budget and bloodless children's fantasy musical, based on the children's book by James Bond author Ian Fleming. Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, a failed inventor who lives in a big house with his two children -- Jemima Heather Ripley and Jeremy Adrian Hall -- and eccentric father Lionel Jeffries. Potts has to raise 30 shillings
Dec 18, 1968 Wide
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A fast, dense, friendly children's musical, with something of the joys of singing together on a team bus on the way to a game.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang contains about the best two-hour children's movie you could hope for, with a marvelous magical auto and lots of adventure and a nutty old grandpa and a mean Baron and some funny dances and a couple of [scary] moments.
Starring Dick Van Dyke, this pleasant family fable with music was nominated for the Best Song Oscar
Ask yourself, would you rather show your kids Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Marmaduke? I don't want to live in a world where the answer is the latter. [Blu-ray]
ultimately all in good fun, although it's hard to shake entirely the sense that something is slightly askew, which is probably the point
I'm old enough to have seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang during its original theatrical run, and I've just about recovered.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was made in Britain for American consumption, but its magic works on kids and adults of any nationality.
Has become modern classic, but falls so short of great.
Time has not enhanced its doubtful charms.
Given that the film runs almost two-and-a-half hours, it's fairly clear that a substantial amount of trimming would have been appropriate.
It's some fresh circle of hell to revisit childhood favourites only to inevitably discover that, as a child, one is almost indubitably an idiot.
...if children can stay awake long enough, they will undoubtedly find much of it entertaining.
The film is too long at well over two hours, but the effects are impressive for the time and the musical numbers zippy.
Something of an oddity doubtless. But memorable for its visuals and its creepy, evil baddie.
A High-flying, quality family production
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