Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks



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Bedknobs and Broomsticks was produced several years after Walt Disney's death and released in the fall of 1971. As it turned out, Bedknobs was frequently compared to Mary Poppins -- probably thanks to several striking similarities between the two productions, notably the presence in the cast of David Tomlinson, the use of Cockney children as central characters, and the inclusion of sequences that combine animation and live-action. Set in wartime England, Bedknobs stars Angela Lansbury as … More

Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2001
Buena Vista Pictures


as Miss Price

as Mr. Jelk

as Bookman

as Col. Heller

as Swinburne

as Gen. Teagler

as Mrs. Hobday

as Militiaman

as Street Sweeper

as German Sergeant

as German Sergeant

as Charlie

as Codfish

as Secretary Bird/Lion

as Vendor (uncredited)

as German Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Bedknobs and Broomsticks

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (6)

It's more sophisticated than the usual run of Disney product, but it lacks the inventiveness that could endow it with genuine charm.

Full Review… | November 3, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The fantasy is earthbound, the score by Richard and Robert Sherman (who also wrote music and lyrics for Mary Poppins) is forgettable, the special effects lackadaisical.

Full Review… | November 3, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It is when the film [based on the book by Mary Norton] dives deeply into the realms of fantasy that it is most enjoyable.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Must all films for kids be so shoddy, though? The music is appalling.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

I suspect the movie will be something of a long, uninterrupted sit for the very children for whom it's intended, and an even longer one for those parents and guardians (both adults and teen-age) who will probably accompany them.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The Disney organization is worst when it makes "family entertainment" and best when it sticks to pure, simple, charming fantasy.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bedknobs and Broomsticks


An uneven, overlong and sometimes dull Disney movie that tries to follow in the footsteps of Mary Poppins, the main difference being that none of the songs is remotely memorable (in fact, most of the musical numbers are annoying) and the last act is just terrible.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable, but not perfect Disney Live action feature, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a bit of a letdown considering that Mary Poppins was such a wonderful film. I'm not saying that this film is bad, but compared to others in the Disney canon, it'd just good, not excellent. However, this is nonetheless a good enough family film to watch with your family and is a film that people of all ages will surely enjoy. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a fun film, one that could have been just as great as Mary Poppins, but sometimes it leaves a lot to be desired. I felt that at times the film tried too hard, and they tried to outdo previous films. Unfortunately it lacks that little something to really make this film special. Sure it has all the usual trademarks, but I just felt it was a step down from other Disney films. For what it is, it's still a very entertaining film for what it is, and is worth watching. Despite its flaws, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a fun, entertaining family film that Disney fans should enjoy. However, Mary Poppins was the better film, and it seemed that they tried to outdo that film with this one, but in doing so, you felt that the script at times was uneven and didn't deliver its full potential. The film could have been much better as a whole, but overall, it's still a fun little entertaining film that is a must see for the entire family. A good film for what it is, Bed knobs and Broomsticks is still a Disney classic, but in some areas, it does lack, and it's a bit disappointing. Luckily the cast saves this film and it's what makes this film worth seeing.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A fun adventure, with what was probably quite an impressive mix in 1971 of animation and Actors combined. Very drawn out and very dated now, although the Portobello Market scene was really enjoyable.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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