Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
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Set in England and based on stories by Ian Fleming, this musical family film for all ages, with songs by the Sherman bothers (Mary Poppins), follows an unsuccessful inventor who builds a magical, flying car for his children and takes them on a series of fantastic adventures.
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Critic Reviews for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Ken Adam's sets are inventive, but the special effects are shoddy, the songs instantly forgettable, and the leisurely length an exquisite torture.
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
Audience Reviews for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
FROM THE VAULTS OF CLASSIC CHILDREN'S MOVIES:
Comes the 1968 comedy-adventure musical "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Dick Van Dyke(who was Oscar nominated for Best Actor for Walt Disney's Mary Poppins)re-unites with musical composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman for this huge big budget spectacle that was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli(of the James Bond 007 movies),and based on a series of children's books by Ian Fleming(who was also the author of the James Bond novels),while literary giant Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay. Need more convincing? The film combines annoyingly catchy tunes(including its theme song,along with classic standards like "Truly Scrumptious","Too Sweets", and "Hushabye Mountain")tweety sweets,and a magical mysterious car that guides Professor Potts(Dick Van Dyke),his children and lady companion(Sally Ann Howes)on exciting fairy tale adventures set in Victorian England. Check out the star-studded cast ranging from Gert Forbe, Lionel Jeffries, Anna Quayle, Robert Helpmann(THE CHILD CATCHER!),and the hilarious British comedian Benny Hill. Not to mention this was a star studded spectacle presented in full Super Panavision 70MM and Technicolor with a running time of over 153 minutes.
Despite the fact it is excruciatingly long and the songs were so bad that it drags the film down. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a mostly entertaining family film. I'd call it a minor classic in the fantasy genre.Also, I found that the children stars were more annoying than charming and that the magical feeling promised didn't come of as the film makers probably planned. But its colourful and its mostly fun. For mainstream audiences i'd say its entertaining but easily forgettable but for all you oldie fans you'll adore this.More
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