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 Eglantine Price, a would-be witch who hopes to use her newly acquired conjuring powers to forestall a Nazi invasion. Saddled with three surly kids who've been evacuated from London, Lansbury wins over her charges by performing various and sundry feats of magic. And, yes, she manages to foil a few Germans along the way. The film's most famous episode is an elaborate undersea fantasy, which combines animation with live-action on a gargantuan scale, dwarfing all previous Disney sequences along these lines.~Hal Erickson
Music magic: the Sherman brothers: behind-the-scenes featurette - the Sherman Brothers songwriting team, Angela Lansbury and Scott MacQueen share stories on the making of the film
Five enchanting deleted and extended songs: including deleted song "A Step in the Right Direction"
An old favorite. Watched this growing up and loved it. The singing and dancing, the imaginative adventures was what it used to be back in the day.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
I grew up watching this movie on the Disney channel and on VHS tape (yup, I'm that old). I was thinking of buying this on blu-ray until I read a review that stated the DVD version was the original 141 minute version which was never released theatrically! I was quite surprised to read this and after some further checking, sure enough, the blu-ray and every version I remember as a child was the 117 minute version. So I purchased this version to have the original version. It's DVD quality so be prepared for that but the blu-ray is cheap enough that I plan to add that as well. If you want to know what the differences are then I recommend a quick google search as it is well documented on several different sites.
We have this movie in VHS and used to watch it repeatedly when my daughter was growing up. So when I saw it in DVD format I just had to get it so we could re-live some childhood memories and watch a great movie at the same time. This movie is fun, fast moving, combines live action and animation, has singing and keeps you engrossed and entertained.