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Bedknobs & Broomsticks (1971)

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Bedknobs & Broomsticks (1971)

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"Best Disney Movies Ever"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is one of my favorite Disney movies ever. The movie is quite eclectic, with wonderful scenes of dancing soldiers from across the Empire, a hilarious soccer game involving the animal kingdom, and a fantastic battle between the German soldiers and magically animated armor. This is a wonderful movie, with something for all ages.

[Please consider reading the wonderful book Bedknob and Broomstick by Mary Norton. Though Disney maintained the title, virtually the entire story was changed in the making of the movie.]

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"Fantastic Family Movie"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Highly recommend, great fun for young and old, brings back wonderful memories of the nice fun movies from when I was a child.

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An Academy Award winner for Best Visual Effects, Bedknobs And Broomsticks features a spellbinding mix of live action and animation that makes it one of Disney's most delightfully endearing classics! Screen legend Angela Lansbury gives a bewitching performance as an amateur witch who reluctantly takes in three precocious orphans.

The children soon find themselves swept aboard a flying bed, it's magic brass bedknob their ticket to on fantastic adventure after another – including a visit to an enchanted island inhabited by wondrous animated animal characters, and the most hilarious soccer match in motion picture history. Now it's your turn to take a ride on Bedknobs And Broomsticks, a fun-filled flight of fantasy, music and Disney magic for all ages.

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“When a mail-order apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury) is saddled with three sibling refugees from London during World War II, the outlook is grim. But the kids soon discover her secret and sign on for adventure in the name of England. With the aid of a magical bed, they track down her fraudulent headmaster (David Tomlinson) to find the spell that will aid the Allies. Fascinated that she has actually achieved results with his lessons, he joins forces. The quintet does battle with corrupt booksellers, animated-lion royalty, and, eventually, invading Germans. Songs include Lansbury's Oscar-nominated "The Age of Not Believing.” This film is often compared to director Robert Stevenson's earlier effort, Mary Poppins, and for good reason. In addition to Tomlinson, the movies share a fondness for magic at the hands of a good woman, light romance with an understanding male, and wide-eyed children. Stevenson also graces both films with interaction between humans and animated animals. Disney is wise to play up that aspect on its box this time around as both the underwater ball and the subsequent island soccer match are the most visually interesting and appealing parts of the film. Adults may find the 1971-vintage mixing of actors and animation a bit creaky, but kids used to a variety of animation quality will find the action a hoot. Ages 4 and up." –Kimberly Heinrichs

Re-released on
August 1st, 2002
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Brand
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
134
Studio
Subtitles
English - HI
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Country of Production
  • USA
Genre
  • Animation
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9398520016030
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
1458537

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