Bedknobs and Broomsticks Reviews
As a child I grew up with the shorter version and it was quite delightful. The humor seems to flow from start to finish. The battle scene at the end is positively hilarious. The songs are typical Sherman brothers brilliance, and quite addictive. Then they put in the animated scenes and you have a great film for the whole family. True , the plot isn't quite as heartfelt as Mary Poppins, but it's interesting enough to keep you watching.
But it seems nearly impossible to find that version now. They have reinserted all these little scenes that start to make the movie drag. Plus the audio was irretrievable in parts so they had to have other actors dub in some of the lines. It looks ridiculous and makes this look like some amateur indie film. If I could find the original cut I would probably boost this rating a lot. For now I need to be much more critical.
Revision in 2017: Because of poor decisions by Disney, the DVD release of Bedknobs and Broomsticks utilized a bunch of deleted scenes that they found in the archives and tried shoving them back into the film. Some of these scenes even had horrible audio problems so they had to get someone to try and sound like David Tomlinson in order to ADR his lines. It was so terrible and so distracting that I had downgraded my rating for the film by a full star. Luckily, I finally got the Blu-Ray release and I'm delighted to see it back to the original theatrical presentation that I grew up loving. This movie is pure entertainment for me, and a fair amount of nostalgia as well. I love the interactions of the kids with Angela Lansbury, and Tomlinson fits right in when he joins the film. The animated sequence is great, with a lot of laughs. But the crowning jewel of Bedknobs and Broomsticks is that climax. It is absolutely hilarious and manages to make me chuckle every time even though I've seen it a lot. This is one of the unsung Disney classics that I think more families should check out.
Better yet, the children and Murder She Wrote actually help "root the jerrys" instead of hiding in a closet with a naked goat man.
It is a musical however, 1/2 deduction for unnecessary use of song.
(Full review TBD)
I still really enjoy driving her to see on DVD and making me remember those wonderful years when he was very young and enjoyed, for me the best moment of the whole movie is and will remain the Battle of living armor fighting German soldiers the soccer game with animals was fine but the armor will fight is the one I like best of all, still excites me and fun when I see again that sequence makes me feel as if I still had six years I hope that there are still parents in the world who put their children this jewel of children's films instead of wasting time and lives with bullshit Shin-Chan, so let ponedles this movie that is sure most kids enjoy a weekend with this wonder, if you will not regret !.