Wombling Free Reviews

  • Sep 07, 2014

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  • Jan 04, 2014

    Saving Mr. Banks, is another Oscar contender that opened widely in the past week. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney, while Emma Thompson (a natural choice over Meryl Streep because of her Nanny McPhee stint) plays the enigmatic Australian author of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers (aka Helen Lyndon Goff). Although from a marketing standpoint the title seemed designed to draw in and on Hanks (playing on his name and his Oscar-winning title Saving Private Ryan from 1998), the title actually refers to the father's name in Travers' book. The Disney-produced film adaptation of Travers' 1934 book was the source of much contention between the studio head and author, but would go on to win multiple Oscars, including those for Julie Andrews and the songwriting Sherman Brothers. Ironically, although the first film I saw in the theater was Disney's The Jungle Book , I would fail to see the full-Mary Poppins until after the birth of my own children. My original memory of David Tomlinson, who plays Mr. Banks in that film, was as the villainous, yellow Apollo GT-driving Peter Thorndyke in Disney's live-action hit The Love Bug (and third highest grossing film of 1968). So I knew all along that this actor is much more than a marketing cipher for a corporate Oscar-drive. That said, I bring you his self-referential 'Mr. Banks'-style performance in a film that is unique in its own right: Wombling Free (1977), also starring England's costumed answer to the Muppets, Smurfs and Banana Splits combined: The Wombles. To read more of this review and see the film, head to : http://www.tvmix.com/gotta-watch-saving-mr-banks-edition-wombling-free/

    Saving Mr. Banks, is another Oscar contender that opened widely in the past week. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney, while Emma Thompson (a natural choice over Meryl Streep because of her Nanny McPhee stint) plays the enigmatic Australian author of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers (aka Helen Lyndon Goff). Although from a marketing standpoint the title seemed designed to draw in and on Hanks (playing on his name and his Oscar-winning title Saving Private Ryan from 1998), the title actually refers to the father's name in Travers' book. The Disney-produced film adaptation of Travers' 1934 book was the source of much contention between the studio head and author, but would go on to win multiple Oscars, including those for Julie Andrews and the songwriting Sherman Brothers. Ironically, although the first film I saw in the theater was Disney's The Jungle Book , I would fail to see the full-Mary Poppins until after the birth of my own children. My original memory of David Tomlinson, who plays Mr. Banks in that film, was as the villainous, yellow Apollo GT-driving Peter Thorndyke in Disney's live-action hit The Love Bug (and third highest grossing film of 1968). So I knew all along that this actor is much more than a marketing cipher for a corporate Oscar-drive. That said, I bring you his self-referential 'Mr. Banks'-style performance in a film that is unique in its own right: Wombling Free (1977), also starring England's costumed answer to the Muppets, Smurfs and Banana Splits combined: The Wombles. To read more of this review and see the film, head to : http://www.tvmix.com/gotta-watch-saving-mr-banks-edition-wombling-free/

  • Jun 14, 2013

    This film despite some flaws is a must watch - even if you aren't familiar with The Wombles Mike Batt's score is charming and whimsical while the comedy is down right silly and reminds us of the fun American International produced-Beach Party films The funniest part of the film is the Japanese couple (played by real Japanese actors) with the husband being a head of a japanese car company, What makes them a riot is the Wife speaks traditional japanese while the hubby speaks Engrish The main plot is a bit shaky given the actor who player Mr. Banks (who died after the film's release) played the same film structure as he did in Marry Poppins [the stuck up father who gave in to the whimsy out of the blue in the latter half of the film] but overall, Given the film is typical B-movie cheese You should at least enjoy the film for it's campiness as well as the brilliant music composed by Mike Batt

    This film despite some flaws is a must watch - even if you aren't familiar with The Wombles Mike Batt's score is charming and whimsical while the comedy is down right silly and reminds us of the fun American International produced-Beach Party films The funniest part of the film is the Japanese couple (played by real Japanese actors) with the husband being a head of a japanese car company, What makes them a riot is the Wife speaks traditional japanese while the hubby speaks Engrish The main plot is a bit shaky given the actor who player Mr. Banks (who died after the film's release) played the same film structure as he did in Marry Poppins [the stuck up father who gave in to the whimsy out of the blue in the latter half of the film] but overall, Given the film is typical B-movie cheese You should at least enjoy the film for it's campiness as well as the brilliant music composed by Mike Batt

  • Dec 06, 2011

    it was an good movie, it was a good movie, David Tomlinson starred in it, I want it on DVD, it starred Bonnie Langford, Kenny Baker, Brian Jones , it's a ok movie but could be better

    it was an good movie, it was a good movie, David Tomlinson starred in it, I want it on DVD, it starred Bonnie Langford, Kenny Baker, Brian Jones , it's a ok movie but could be better

  • Jul 14, 2007

    This film is so cute! Bonnie Langford is such a cutie in this and it's quite cheesy! Overall, good kids film, not such a great film for adults

    This film is so cute! Bonnie Langford is such a cutie in this and it's quite cheesy! Overall, good kids film, not such a great film for adults