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Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks - 30th Anniversary Edition (1971)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Angela Lansbury Eglantine Price
David Tomlinson Mr. Emelius Browne
Roddy McDowall Mr. Jelk
Sam Jaffe Bookman
John Ericson Colonel Heller
Bruce Forsyth Swinburne
Cindy O'Callaghan Carrie Rawlins
Roy Snart Paul Rawlins
Ian Weighill Charlie Rawlins
Tessie O'Shea Mrs. Hobday
Ian Weighall Charlie
Roy Smart Paul
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Comedy; Family; Fantasy; Musical; War
Director Robert Stevenson; Les Perkins
Producer Bill Walsh
Writer Mary Norton; Ralph Wright; Bill Walsh; Don DaGradi
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating G (General Audience)
Running Time 117 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.5
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. The movie has been recut several times but was restored to the original length of 139 minutes for its 30th anniversary in 2001. --Kimberly Heinrichs
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 668
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/5/2006
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Edition 30th Anniversary Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.66:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 717951008596
Chapters 25
Release Date 3/20/2001
Subtitles English; English (Closed Captioned)
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Complete Original Film With Fully Restored Audio And Video
"The Worm Turns" Animated Short Starring Mickey Mouse
"The Vanishing Private" Animated Short Starring Donald Duck
All-New "Music Magic" Featurette With The Sherman Brothers Songwriting Team, Angela Lansbury And Scott MacQueen On The Making Of The Film
"A Step In The Right Direction" - Deleted Song
Bedknobs And Broomsticks Scrapbook - 3 Still Frame Galleries, Including Concept Art, Advertising & Publicty And Merchandising
Theatrical Trailers
"Portobello Road" Recording Session With David Tomlinson - Never Before Seen