Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
[DVD j Fleming]

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) is an inventor who salvages a magical car which can turn into a boat and also fly. He and his two children must use the car, along with a candy maker's daughter, Truly Scrumptious, to help save Grandpa from an evil Baron and Baroness of "Vulgaria." The comedy is hilarious, and the songs are addictive and catchy, including: "Me 'ole Bamboo" a high-octane dance feature, "Toot Sweets," "Hushabye Mountain," the feature song: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," and pay special attention to "Doll on a Music Box" -- Sally Howes apparently recorded the choreography and music in only one take! Nominated for an Academy Award, and a few Golden Globes in 1969. Excellent movie, classic film and great for families and children but a little lengthy at 144 minutes. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Sound of Music.] -- recommended by Jeremiah J. - Bennett Martin Public Library
[Also available in traditional print, vocal music selections formats.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

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