The Love Bug Reviews
The real show stealer here though is Buddy Hackett as mechanic Tenessee Steinmetz, who gives a hilarious monologue about how he got to where he is in the film.
Disney spared no expense on this film..the special effects are quite good for 1968 and the process shots don't look cheap. There are a few studio shots posing as the outdoors, but there is more than enough location footage to make up for that. The only quibble I have with the production is that there is a stock sound effect of race cars that is looped over and over again on the soundtrack and that becomes tedious.
Veteran announcers Chick Hearn and Gary Owens appear as TV reporters covering the final race,which adds to the credibility and fun. There are a few sections that some may find offensive in these PC times, but they are few and lighthearted.
I would Highly recommend this film,especially after a hard day.
Jim Douglas is a tragically aging failed racecar driver, who is told and wonders himself if he's in the wrong business. Suddenly he gets his magic bottle in the form of a VW bug who helps him to start winning races. Even though Herbie proves that he is doing the driving even before the track, Douglas clings to the notion that only he is the reason for the success.
The other characters gradually figure it out because they do not have any illusions (the spiritual Tennessee or the self-interested Thorndyke). At the beginning his film has the ethos of Miracle on 34th Street, where the improbable but believable happens, although by the end it goes off into wildly impossible -- yet great fun.
Side notes include the intrusion of late 60s hippie culture into the relatively square world of motorcar racing. Also there seems to be a gentle interjection of social consciousness. Michele Lee looks all the world for a light skinned black woman wearing Jane Fonda-ish pantsuits. Buddy Hackett has been to an ashram. The Chinese Americans could have easily spun into ethnic stereotypes but are surprisingly portrayed as smart, wealthy, and cunning.
* Herbie Rides Again (1974)
* Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo (1977)
* Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)
* Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)