“ Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / Theatrical Release: 1968 / Director: Ken Hughes / Actors: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes ... / DVD released 10 November, 1998 at MGM / Features of the DVD: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, THX, Widescreen, NTSC „
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) is one of my favourite childhood movies, we even went to the West End to see the stage show a few years ago and I recently bought a copy of this for my daughter to watch as it was something we only watched when it was on TV but I thought she might like to watch it.
A bit about
Ian Fleming (of Bond fame) wrote the novel and Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes wrote the screenplay for this wonderful film. At the start of the film, two children called Jeremy and Jemima play in a car at a scrap yard and want their dad to buy it for them to play in. Their dad (Dick Van Dyke) is struggling to make ends meet and can't afford to buy it as he is a poor inventor in both senses it seems. All his inventions are quirky and fun but tend to have a fatal flaw in them. The children meet the irresistibly titled 'Truly Scrumptious' (Sally Ann Howes) whilst they are bunking off school and she goes to confront dad Caractacus Potts about this. There is a huge amount of tension between the couple and she soon joins the family on outings to the beach for picnics, singing and dancing and of course rides in the film's main player, Chitty.
I never noticed this as a child but Jeremy and Jemima really do have very squeaky kid's voices but at the same time, they are both beautifully spoken. Their dad would go to the ends of the earth and back for them which is really endearing. Another person you might know in this film is Benny Hill who plays the toymaker.
With no hesitation I can identify the favourite part of this film as the evening when Caractacus visits the travelling fair which is locally sited with his latest invention, a hair cutting machine. When he tries to escape the man whose head he has effectively just steamed in his machine, he finds himself in the middle of some specialist dancers who dance with sticks and bowler hats in a sort of Morris dancing uniform and without missing a beat, Caractacus joins in the dance even adding his own words to the song they sing. The choreography is just amazing, energetic and impossible to keep up with I discovered when dancing with our two year old to this part of the film in our living room, I challenge anyone to copy "My Old Bamboo" without losing their breath half way through!
I think this film is fantastic but can see why many children would watch this and be terrified of the child catcher as he really is a sly and horrible character excellently played you could also argue! Perhaps supervision is best for this part of the film. The film is filmed in some brilliant locations and I just find myself never losing interest in it and finding something new in the film each time I watch it. The depth and breadth of this film is amazing, you really wouldn't guess what happens next unless you happen to be watching it for the hundredth time like me!
Our DVD was bought online cheaply and is a bit of a strange copy with no extras but you can play it in a few languages. Quite strangely there is an intermission in the middle of the film (on a real cliffhanger part!) but you could pause the DVD to go to the loo or make a drink I suppose! It doesn't really matter to us but I just thought it was a bit odd.
This film can be picked up so cheaply now and to say it is 45 years old this year it really doesn't feel that dated. The characters are fun yet the message is serious and shows how important it is to love your family and cherish all children. A highly recommended film likely to be on TV again any time soon.
This is a classic film thats almost as old as me but still extremly watchable for young or old (or young at heart).
If you havnt seen the movie its all about a magical car (Chitty).
Dick Van Dyke plays hard up Caractacus Potts the mad professor who is always inventing crazy things that just dont work how they are supposed to for example the toot sweet a whistling lollipop that attracts hoards of dogs when whistled, he manages to sell the recipe to sweet factory owner Lord Scrumptious which means his money worries are over for him and his two children Jemima and Jeremy.
The only thing that seems to work properly is the wonderful flying car Chitty.
Potts falls for Lord Scrumptious's daughter the childrens school teacher Truly Scrumptious (what a name)
The cars special powers become known in far off land where children are banned and have to live beneath the castle of Baron Bomburst as he wants all the toys for himself (typical male).
I wont spoil it for you but if you have a small child to amuse I can guarentee they will love this (keep a cushion handy for child catcher moments my brother used to have nitemares about him)
My youngest son loved this film and we used to sing the songs to him (Honest).
Includes classic tunes such as Close your eyes on hush a bye mountain, Truly Scrumptious and the old bamboo which has got a great dance scene.
I would highly recomend it but be warned once your child has seen it once you will have to watch it again and again.
I love it.
You can purchase the movie at Amazon U.K for the great price of £9.38.
Another classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, i loved this film when I was younger and as I have grown up I still love it and watch it when its on the telly at Christmas or on a bank holiday.
It is cheesy and everything but you will be guaranteed to be tapping you toes and singing along to the classic songs from Truly Scrumptious, toot sweets and the chitty chitty bang bang but to name a few.
The story is about Professor Potts played by Dick Van Dyke when his children Jeremy and Jemima found a rusty old banger in the scrap yard and they manage to convince they dad to buy it. Professor Potts then restores the car to a magical car called chitty chitty bang bang which is a magical flying car, which is one of his better inventions as he has a windmill full of gadgets he has created but none of them seem to work the way that they should.
Along with Truly Scrumptious the children and Professor Potts go on an picnic to the beach when they go on a magical adventure together to a castle where the king and queen do not like children so they are banished to under the castle and live in a cave, which is where all the drama unfolds. I do not want to give the story away too much.
My favourite part of the film is when professor Potts go to the sweet factory that Truly's father runs and tries to sell his invention of the toot sweet, which unfortunately does not go as well as planned.
This is a classic that will have children for years to be watching it and singing along, it a film that you will never get tired off. What's more they have now created it into a stage show at the west end.
Well I must be one of the very few people who had never seen this film and my husband thought it was tragic so he bought me the special edition of the film to watch. The special edition consists of 2 discs. The first of which has the film on.
The film is about an eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, who has 2 children, Jemima and Jeremy. The children have fallen in love with an old racing car which is going to be sold. We see the racing car winning the Grand Prix around the world at the beginning of the film. As the children are running home to ask their father for the money they are nearly run over by a very pretty lady called Truly Scrumptious, she takes it upon herself to speak to the children's father about why they are not in school. She takes a shine to Potts.
Potts soon finds, with the help of his dog, that the candy he has invented whistles. He takes the candy to the local sweet factory to see if he can sell it to raise the money for the car. It is hear that he finds out Truly Scrumptious is the daughter of the factory owner and she helps him try to sell the candy. All seems to be going well until the factory is over run with dogs and the candy is not sold. Potts goes to the circus to raise the money for the children to get the car.
The following morning the children see their father arrive home with the car and he promises to make it like new for them. The children are warned by their Grandpa not to get excited as their father will never be able top make the car work. As the children wait and wait they keep their belief that their father will make the car go. Eventually the car is revealed and indeed it does work and it looks wonderful. They go off for a picnic in the car and along the way they bump into Truly again where they invite her to join them . As they are driving along they decide that the car makes a chitty chitty bang bang noise and this is where they decide to call the car Chitty.
They all spend a wonderful day at the beach and as they are preparing to leave they start to hear a story from Potts. It is during this story where Chitty flies and floats. The story begins with a pirate ship coming to steal their car. The story takes the children, Potts and Truly to a magical place which is run by the Baron and Baroness Bomburst. The Baroness hates all children so they are not allowed to live in their town, it is here where we meet the nasty child catcher and the toymaker who helps them. Grandpa has also been kidnapped by the Baron as he believes that he is the inventor of the flying and floating car.
Will the children be able to escape the child catcher and will Potts and Truly rescue Grandpa and will they ever get home?
The second disc is packed full of extra features, these include:-
A phantasmagorical Motor Car Featurettes
Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Band with Dick Van Dyke
The real Caractacus Potts
Dick Van Dyke press Interview
On Set With the Potts Children
Sherman Brothers Demo
Sing along with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Read along with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
One Persons junk is another persons Jalopy
Toot Sweet Special Delivery
Chitty Colouring Book
There is also a Region 2 exclusive on the disc which includes extracts from the making of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical and a vintage Advertising Gallery and also a photo gallery.
I am glad that I have now seen the film as I did enjoy it. It is definitely a classic children's Disney film and through out the film it shows the magic of Disney.
The characters are all very good and they are all believable in their roles. I did find that the children' characters were a but wooden but I do think that this is the way it was meant as it was set a very long time ago.
The effects in the film in today's standard were not at all very good but the film was in fact made in 1968 and in this time they would have been classed as truly magical and amazing. I did find the flying scenes very funny as it was so clearly obvious they were using a green backdrop and the pictures were added later. I can forgive the dodgy effects though as it was a Disney film!
The songs thought out the film are all fun and fit well. The vocals are quite good but I just somehow cant get over the fact that everyone knows the words when the songs are supposed to be spontaneous!
The part of Grandpa is played very well and he does have some very funny moments during the film and I did enjoy his mad and crazy character. The part of the child catcher was also played well and he did look quite evil and I can imaging small children actually being quite scared of him.
It was great to see Benny Hill in the film as he played the part of the toy maker, this is the first film which I have seen his playing a nearly straight character and he was very good at it.
Caractacus Potts - Dick Van Dyke
Truly Scrumptious - Sally Ann Howes
Grandpa Potts - Lionel Jeffries
Baron Bomburst - Gert Frobe
Baroness Bomburst - Anna Quayle
Toymaker - Benny Hill
Lord Scrumptious - James Robertson Justice
Child Catcher - Robert Helpman
Jemima - Heather Ripley
Jeremy - Adrian Hall
The film was originally made in 1968. The screen play was written by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes. The music and lyrics were written by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman. The film was produced by Albert R Broccoli and directed by Ken Hughes.
The film has a run time of 2 hours and 20 minutes which may seem slightly long for a children film but when I sat and watched it the time just seemed to fly by as I was enjoying the film that much. The film has a Universal rating so it is suitable for all ages. Some smaller children may find the child catcher slightly scary but I feel that in today's television they see a lot scarier in cartoons.
My hubby bough our 2 disc special edition brand new from Ebay for £5 which was a complete bargain as I have seen this in the shops for well over £15. Do shop around and pick yourself a bargain.
I recommend this film to all as it shows the early stages of the Disney magic and it appeals to the whole family.
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My girls have always loved this film (so have I) so when I saw the 2 disc special addition available for only £25 I had to have it. I ordered it from Britannia 2 years ago now. It came in a velvet box with a small chitty car model with pull out wings; a booklet telling about the theatre productions a two disc DVD and a discount ticket for the theatre.
The car is a great toy; it is exactly like the one on the film but only about 2 inches long. The theatre ticket was useless because it was for a show in London and I live no where near there. The booklet is a short read but interesting none the less but obviously the thing I was most interested in was the DVD. Obviously it has the wonderful film but also the second the DVD which is filled with extras so I couldn't wait to put it on. I was not disappointed.
The film summery:
A daydreaming inventor Caractacus Potts is about to give up on his inventing when his children temp him to save a rusty old racing car from the junkman's fiery furnace. He restores the car back to all its glory and takes his thrilled children, Jeremy and Jemima on a picnic to the beach.
On the way they pick up Truly Scrumptious the daughter of the local sweet maker who joins the picnic. While sitting on the beach Potts starts to tell a story to his children about the people from the town of Vulgaria, (a terrible land where children are banned) who are coming to try and steal this wonderful car invented by the genius Caractacus Potts. The car is magical because it can fly and float. It is called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang because that is the noise it makes as it drives along.
The film follows the story and see's our four arrive in Vulgaria where the evil Baron and Baroness rule as children, playing with toys but allowing no one else to have any. They send out the evil child catcher to entice the children out with lollypops and ice-cream and then catch them and hide them in the dungeon away from the Baron.
Forgetting it is still a story being told on a beach, we start to wonder if the children will be saved and if the evil Baron and Baroness will get what they deserve.
After the story however the four are back safely on the beach but will the story have a 'happily ever after' for Potts and the beautiful Scrumptious?
The Barron - Gert Frobe
The Baroness - Anna Quale
Caractacus Potts- Dick Van Dyke
Truly scrumptious- Sally Anne Howes
Jemima Potts - heather Ripley
Jeremy Potts - Adrian Hall
The child catcher - Robert Helpman
Written by Ian Flemming (the same guy that wrote James bond would you believe couldn't get two more different types of film!)
Producer- Albert R Broccoli
Director- Ken Huges
Music and lyrics - Richard and Robert Sherman
Other features on disc one are
Special features- a fanststicagorical motor car.
This is a short film (about 25 min's long) about the actual chitty car ad its owner.
- Vintage gallery.
Shows TV spot's and trailers from the time it was made.
Use this to have a chitty karaoke
The second disc has a 25-minute documentary, "Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", with Dick Van Dyke
Extracts from Chitty the musical theatre production.
Vintage featurettes (this has a Dick Van Dyke press interview, a short documentary about the real Mr Potts, and a video filmed during the making of the film with the Potts children.
Sherman brothers demo (this is the Sherman brothers performing their songs for Chitty bang bang) Sound only no picture.
Fun and games- this includes
A read a long
One persons junk is another person's jalopy
Toot sweet special delivery
Chitty colouring book
Unfortunately none of the fun and games features have ever worked so I don't know what they are like.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang received some very bad reviews when it came out, even though it was created by the people who made the James Bond series, and was adapted from Ian Fleming's book by the wonderful Roald Dahl. However almost 40years on, it is a family favourite and I personally love it. If I had to give any criticism it would be that it's quite long, it takes over an hour to get to the Vulgaria story and It takes a full 48 minutes for Caractacus to actually buy the car.
However everything else makes up for this, the great cast and performances and of course the song's including "Me Old Bamboo", "The Roses of Success", "Posh" "teddy bear" and, of course, the theme song (which I haven't been able get out of my head since I started writing this yesterday)
This really is an all time classic and just as my mum and I watched it I'm sure my children and their children will watch it too.
Info- rated U (though the child catcher is quite scary so maybe a PG would have been better)
2hrs 20 min's running time
Subtitles available in Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Hebrew, Greek, Portuguese
Price- I paid £25 but I haven't been able to see the special set I bought with the car and extras in again so all I can tell you is you can buy the different editions from eBay, play.com, and Amazon prices from £7-£15.
Things to look out for- performances by Benny Hill and Barbara Windsor
More info available from www.chittychitty.com
If you like chitty bang bang you might also like Dick Van Dykes new film "night a the museum" or the old classic "Mary Poppins"
Thanks for reading
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It is back to my collection of musicals and here I review the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When I started to think about the movie, I asked myself what comes to mind when I think about it, is it the characters, the silly jokes, all the production numbers. No; it is the car and that fun song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; I love you. Even now in my head I am singing away to that song. It will take me days to get it out of my head now, I know, I know I need to get a life, he, he.
~~ The Film ~~
You put your DVD in and start the film, but you are faced with a blank screen and just the sound of a car engine roaring into life, no; your DVD is not broken, this is all part of the film. We then get to see the life of the vintage racing car winning many races whilst the credits roll. As the credits come to an end so does the life of the racing car as it crashes.
We move on to the two children Jeremy and Jemima playing in the very same racing car which is rotting away outside Mr Coggins garage. He decides it is time to sell it for scrap, but the children really want the car, so Mr Coggins tells them that if they can find the 30 shillings to buy the car then can have it, they are given until the next day. Off home they run to ask their father to buy the car, but on the way they run in front of Truly in her car, causing her to abruptly stop. Angry that they are not in school she takes them home to confront their dad, Caractacus Potts an eccentric inventor.
It is here we get to meet Grandpa Potts who is an old soldier and sceptical about his sons inventions, but is possibly more eccentric than Caractacus. We hear some lovely songs and some great dance scenes; even a young Barbara Windsor gives an appearance as our hero Caractacus Potts gets the funds to buy that old banger of a race car. Weeks pass and Caractacus finally comes up for air with a fully restored and shiny classic car. He grabs the excited children and sets off with the children for a picnic at the seaside. A near collision with Truly Scrumptious gets them another passenger on their day out. Our car makes chitty noises and bangs, and her name is born.
The movie continues taking us on an adventure filled with drama, music, dancing, slapstick comedy and loads of laughter. It is fun to watch and very silly at times, it will make young and old laugh and enjoy the fun.
~~ Songs ~~
Overture - Chitty Classic in the background
You Two A lovely endearing song that Potts sings to his two children, it is a very catchy number and easy to join in with.
Toot Sweet A big production number with Potts and Truly taking the lead. Lots of singing and dancing as Potts tries to sell his idea to Lord Scrumptious.
Hushaby Mountain This is a lovely lullaby which Potts sings to his children to get them to go to sleep.
Me Ol Bamboo - A very lively song and dance routine, with Potts trying to earn some money to buy the car. It took 23 takes to get this gruelling dance routine right, the problems were with the stick and them having to jump over it. When they finally got it right Dick Van Dyke had lost his hat, but by now they were really tired and so they decided to keep it as it was.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The by now very famous song, performed by Potts and his children, when they name their newly restored car.
Truly Scrumptious Sung by the children and also sung by Truly to the children, it is a very endearing song, which is again repeated later on in the film and sung by Potts.
Lovely Lonely Man Truly sings this song whilst walking around the spectacular gardens at her home, singing all about Potts.
Posh! Sung by Grandpa Potts and it is all about being Posh.
The Roses of Success Grandpa and the ensemble singing about the roses of success in life, another comical song.
Chu-Chi Face A very silly song by The Baron and Baroness Bomburst, Goldfinger like youve never seen him before.
Doll on a Music Box/Truly Scrumptious A big lovely production number I really did enjoy this one; it has a lovely catchy tune and it is a pleasure to watch.
~~ The Cast ~~
Caractacus Potts Played by Dick Van Dyke who is also famous for his role in Mary Poppins; bought his charismatic and madcap hilarity to the film, he really did fit the part of the eccentric inventor who was struggling to make his inventions work and bring up his two young children on his own.
Truly Scrumptious Sally Ann Howes plays the part of the daughter of the wealthy sweet manufacture Lord Scrumptious. Even though Sally has 20 years of acting experience under her belt at the time of the auditions for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, she was best known for her appearance in the stage musical My Fair Lady, which she took over from Julie Andrews in 1958.
Grandpa Potts Played by Lionel Jeffries, he may have been playing Caractacus Pottss father, but he was in fact seven months younger than Dick Van Dyke. He was an old soldier who was an eccentric, if not more so than his son, even if he did not agree with his inventions.
Jemima played by Heather Ripley and Jeremy played by Adrian Hall.
Also stars James Robertson Justice as Lord Scrumptious (well known from the Doctor films of the 70s), Gert Frobe as Baron Bomburst, Anna Quayle as Baroness Bomburst, Benny Hill as the Toymaker, Robert Helpmann as the child catcher and Stanley Unwin as the Chancellor.
The music and lyrics were done by the Sherman brothers Richard and Robert known for working a lot on Walt Disney films, actually this was the first non Disney film they did.
Choreography Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood.
~~ Trivia ~~
The Bond Connection I bet you are wondering how James Bond links into Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It links in more ways than one and all started after Ian Flemings death in 1964 when United Artists bought the film rights to all his work. When they went through his work they found a series of childrens stories called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang written by Fleming.
Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes wrote the screenplay; Roald Dahl had previously written the script for You Only Live Twice another Bond Connection.
Ken Adam who designed and built the wonderful Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car was also the production designer on seven James Bond movies.
Even the stars themselves got in on the act with Desmond Llewellyn who has played Q in the Bond movies) played Mr Coggins, and finally Gert Frobe who played Goldfinger in the film of the same name, stars in this as the villainous Baron Von Bonburst.
Finally not to forget the Producer Cubby Broccoli who produced the James Bond movies.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opened its World Premier at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London on 16th Dec 1968, at first it was not a raving success and initially made a loss, but it was one of those films that grew in popularity with time and increased sales further with the video and DVD releases. It also went live in 2002 as the stage musical opened in London.
Cartoonist and inventor Rowland Emmett made eight special devices for the film these included the breakfast making machine and the haircutting machine used in the film.
~~ DVD Extras ~~
Scene Selection 1-32 scenes in blocks of 4 for you to hop around.
Subtitles No different languages offered, but you do have a selection of 8 different subtitles in various languages.
~~ Special Features ~~
A Fantasmagorical Motorcar This is a ten minute film with Pierre Picton, who used to be a clown that owned a car that fell to pieces. He was approached by Cubby Broccoli to help them with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He maintained the car during the production of the movie. He also doubled on a couple of driving sequences; after the film was finished Picton kept the car for promoting the film in the UK, later in 1973 he finally brought it off Cubby.
This short film was made in 2003 and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was still going strong and living out its retirement in Stratford-Upon-Avon, so if you are lucky you may see her on an occasional day out.
~~ Vintage Advertising Gallery ~~
Theatrical Trailer There are two of these listed here, one in English and one in French; both exactly the same apart from the language difference. They both last approx 3.5 minutes.
5 Original T.V. Spots There are 5 T.V adverts listed here 1-5 all showing a different 1 minute advert.
Sing-a-long This is a great feature for you and the kids to enjoy; you can either just play the songs like a karaoke machine, where the words light up as you sing them, or you can turn this feature on and watch the movie and when the songs start you get the karaoke feature.
~~ And Finally ~~
I recommend this film; it is a great all round family film, which is as popular today as ever, especially with the stage show touring the country at the moment. It is a slapstick comedy and music at its best, I even like the child catcher as this gives your children a warning about not doing as you are told and taking sweeties from strangers; plus I am a sucker for happy endings.
Thank you for reading
When it comes to musicals, you can guarantee Ill be in front of the TV watching it! I love musicals, and have quite a few in my DVD collection. One of them is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I dont think theres many people out there who hasnt seen it. Its normally on every Christmas/New Year. (Perhaps I should have posted this review then!). Anyway, on with the show, as they say! Welcome to Ian Flemming's CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.
The film starts with the car in question in a speedway race and the theme tune to the film. But, those days are long gone and the poor old car is now sitting in a yard as a rust bucket ready to be sold for 30 shillings to a nasty old man!.........
Welcome Caractacus Potts, the inventor of many things that never seem to go quite to plan, and his two children, Jeremy and Jemima. And, of course, the eccentric Grandpa Potts.
Theres really a couple of storylines in this film. The story and the romance
CARACTACUS AND TRULY
These two characters get off to a dodgy start after Truly Scrumptious very nearly run over Jeremy and Jemima. They (Potts and Scrumptious) meet again when he accidentally invented a sweet that whistles. (His dog, Eddison, is whistling the sweet!). He sets off to the sweet making factory to show the managing Director, Lord Scrumptious. He didnt know at the time that he was Trulys father. But, he swiftly found out and was going to make a fast exit, but she persuaded him to stay and show her father his new found sweet.
After another hiccup in the car concerning Truly and Caractacus, they, and the children, end up all going on a picnic together at the seaside. Jemima said they have sausage tarts and marmalade rolls to eat. Bless!
Watch how Truly and Caractacus can really come together, even though their lifestyles are a world apart!
As I said, Chitty Chitty was just a scrap heap. But, once acquired from Mr Potts Junior, he works on it to make it the once glorious car it once was! Watch the fun fair bit to see how he earns the money! But, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is no ordinary car. You see, whilst on the beach, Caractacus starts telling a story of pirates, thieves and just wacky people! As he is telling the story, it comes to life so you can see it for yourself.
Baron Bomburst is the Baron of Vulgaria. He really wants the car that flies and do all these magical and wonderful things! His two cack-handed thieves try, in vain, to steel the car. But, once Grandpa Potts is kidnapped (they think hes the inventor of the car), the car follows the flying machine thats carrying Grandpa and his hut to Vulgaria. Follows, as in, flying in the air following them there! (The thieves do manage to capture him!).
Baron Bomburst hates children, as does his pain-in-the-butt wife Baroness Bomburst. Thats why they employ a child catcher. Hes my favourite character! When the Pott children get captured, the toy maker helps Caractacus to rescue them. In Vulgaria, you will witness how the poor children live under the castle, how Benny Hill plays a marverlous role as the toy maker, and the singing and dancing peppered throughout the film.
SINGING AND DANCING
Apart from the storyline, its the singing and choreography I really enjoy watching. The song Toot Sweet in the factory is really good. The Old Bamboo is another really good song at the fun fair. In the fun fair scene, look out for Barbara Windsor and Arthur Mullard briefly!
On the beach, Truly Scrumptious is another great sing-a-long which youll be humming to for the rest of the day, Im sure! And, how can I write a review about this film and not mention the song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Certainly the best song in the film. Im sure you all know the words to this song! And Roses of Success sung by Grandpa Potts & Co in the locked up room.
Unfortunately, the DVD Ive got isnt a limited addition one, so not too many extras on it. But, what we do have is:
~ Original theatrical trailer
~ Interactive menus screen with 40 scene selections
~ Colour booklet containing behind the scenes information on the making of the film.
Caractacus Potts Dick Van Dyke
Truly Scrumptious Sally Ann Howes
Grandpa Potts Lionel Humphries
Baron Bomburst Gert Frobe
Baroness Bomburst - ~Anna Quayle
Toymaker Benny Hill
Lord Scrumptious James Robertson Justice
Child Catcher Robert Helpman
Jemima Heather Ripley
Jeremy Adrian Hall
Running time: 2 hours 25 mins
An MGM film
Made in 1968
My verdict? I love this film. Its the sort of film the whole family can watch and enjoy singing along to. Although this may seem a bit long for the kids, the time does pass by pretty quickly, especially as the songs are so good.
Buy it, watch it, and enjoy it!
It's a good job the Potts family got the car, and not the nasty old man, isn't it?!
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An Ian Fleming novel produced by Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli featuring loads of gadgets and a flying car…you’d have to guess I was talking about one of the many James Bond movies but it fact and improbably it’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! From the first Bond film in 1962 to his last in 1989 ‘Cubby’ Broccoli devoted himself to producing what was to become the multi-million dollar James Bond movie franchise. However 1968 was a rare exception and sitting in between ‘You Only Live Twice’ (1967) and ‘On Her Majesty's Secret Service’ (1969) we find the unlikely children’s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (CCBB). Ian Fleming wrote the original story on which the film is based so it shouldn’t be that surprising to see Broccoli putting another of his books onto film. However it is another famous writer Roald Dahl that is probably responsible for this film being so successful on screen. It is inevitable that CCBB will always be compared to the earlier (and in many ways better) ‘Mary Poppins’ (1964). Both are children’s movies with fantastical twists and memorable musical numbers penned by the Sherman Brothers. Dick Van Dyke also starred in both although thankfully he left his ‘English’ accent at home in the US for this one. THE PLOT This is a long film (almost 2 and half hours) and the plot does meander somewhat, changes direction completely about halfway in fact you could be mistaken for thinking that it is a completely different movie until at the end it all comes back together. Set in Edwardian England we meet Caractacus Potts (a play on words Caractacus=Crack, Potts=Pot…) an eccentric inventor played by the versatile Dick Van Dyke. He lives in a ramshackle converted windmill in the English countryside with his two young children Jemima and Jeremy and the slightly barmy ex-military grandpa Potts. Caractus has a heart of g
old but little business sense so his inventions don’t end up making much money. His latest is a musical sweet, a piece of candy with holes that you can play a tune on aka Toot Sweet! Thorough a fortuitous set of circumstances Caractus meets the beautifully named Truly Scrumptious whose father also happens to own the local sweetie factory, things are looking up until it’s discovered that the tune played on the Toot Sweets also seem to attract the local stray dog population… Meanwhile the kids have set their hearts on an old banger they find in a scrap yard, money is tight but Caractus is convinced by Jeremy and Jemina to do up the car (I told you he was soft). Luckily they did, since another feature of the car is that it flies! By now Caractacus and Truly are falling in love but trouble is on the horizon in the shape of the evil Baron Bomburst who having seen the car flying wants it for himself. After a string of implausible events Grandpa Potts gets kidnapped by an airship and Caractus, the children and Truly set out for the distant land of Vulgaria to rescue him. I won’t tell you more except that Caractacus and friends have many adventures, plenty of songs and dance and of course we are introduced to the ‘Child Catcher’ one of the most sinister and frightening characters in children’s movies. CAST, PERFORMANCES AND OPINION Dick Van Dyke .... Caractacus Potts Sally Ann Howes .... Truly Scrumptious Lionel Jeffries .... Grandpa Potts Gert Fröbe .... Baron Bomburst Anna Quayle .... Baroness Bomburst Benny Hill .... Toymaker James Robertson Justice .... Lord Scrumptious Robert Helpmann .... Child Catcher Heather Ripley .... Jemima Adrian Hall .... Jeremy Barbara Windsor .... Blonde Davy Kaye .... Admiral Alexander Doré .... First Spy Bernard Spear .... Second Spy Stanley Unwin .... Chancellor Arthu
r Mullard .... Cyril, Big Man Max Wall .... Inventor Directed by Ken Hughes Written by Ian Fleming (original novel), Roald Dahl , Ken Hughes and Richard Maibaum Produced by Albert R. Broccoli CCBB is an enchanting film, right from the start when we see the windmill that the eccentric inventor and his kids live in we know we are in for an unusual treat. Dick Van Dyke who at the time could do no wrong in children’s films is the star of the show, he is funny in his usual quirky way, his singing and dancing are as exuberant as in all his previous films and thankfully he decided not to subject us to another repeat of his English accent in Mary Poppins (probably only topped in the worst accent ever chart by Keanu Reeves in Bram Stoker’s Dracula!) As the female lead Sally Ann Howes looks beautiful and manages to just about keep up with Van Dyke although it is true to say that she hasn’t got the screen presence of Julie Andrews. The supporting cast includes many familiar faces form 60’s British TV and movies. The most noticeable performers are those of Lionel Jeffries as the even more eccentric grandpa and Gert Frobe as the villainous Baron who had played 'Goldfinger' in 1964 and is again cast as the baddie although a little less menacing in this film. Strong cameos are also seen by Benny Hill, James Robertson Justice and Arthur Mullard, Barbara Windsor, Max Wall and Stanley Unwin also make fleeting but noticeable appearances. The only person to challenge Dick Van Dyke as the best performer on the screen is Robert Helpmann as the scary Child Catcher a role he really made his own, although not on the screen for very long he does provide one of the unforgettable scenes of the movie. The child stars are fine but in the end forgettable it is the adults that light up they screen in this movie. The only other protagonist to mention is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
herself a beautiful period car that over the years is still recognisable and has become an icon of children’s movies far in excess of the film’s initial impact. After all no one can resist a car that flies! The look of the film is impressive and a great deal of time and effort (and money) has obviously been spent bringing the story to life. The mad inventions of the eccentric Caractus Potts from the breakfast making machine we see right at then outset of the film to the rocket backpack that goes wrong and Chitty itself are all great fun. All the actors seem to play their part with gusto and the baddies especially seem to relish and gladly ham up their roles. The script contains plenty of laughs for young children and just enough darker humour to keep them on their toes, which is exactly what any self-respecting fairy tale should do. THE MUSIC A large part of the film is devoted to the musical numbers and although the musical score written by the Sherman brothers doesn’t quite reach the heights of their previous hit Mary Poppins, it still includes some memorable numbers. Apart from the catchy title song the film also includes many people’s favourite ‘Hushabye Mountain’ and ‘Truly Scrumptious’. The Sherman Brothers are possibly the best known music songwriters in children’s movies having been responsible for films such as ‘Winnie the Pooh’, ‘The Aristocats’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Bedknobs And Broomstick, ‘The Slipper and The Rose’ As well as the previously mentioned ‘Mary Poppins’ just to name a few! It’s always a good bet that if they are doing the music you’ll get a few catchy songs at least and so it turned out. THE DVD The DVD package doesn’t offer very much but what it does offer is well presented and thought out. There is the standard Dolby 5.0 stereo sound although th
is is only av ailable on the English version. The DVD package comes with a choice of soundtrack in English, French, Italian and Spanish as well as a selection of subtitles including English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Swedish and Norwegian. The movie is filmed in very bright colours and the DVD brings this out well. *Special features To be honest there aren’t many. You get a short but interesting colour booklet giving you behind the scenes information about the film. For instance we find out that there were no less than seven models or partial models of Chitty the car built for different scenes in the movie. On the disc itself we find a scene selection menu with 40 accessible scenes including an intermission (that’s a nice touch). Also included on the DVD is the original theatrical trailer. All in all it doesn’t seem much but since you get so much of the actual film it’s not too bad. I liked the main menu screen, which included some of Caractacus Potts weird and wonderful gadgets surrounding the menu choices, all moving and making appropriate clunking, clicking noises. OVERALL The film has many faults, it’s probably too long especially for very young children although the inclusion of the intermission on the DVD helps to naturally break up the story. The story itself is a bit disjointed and doesn’t flow as well as it could and the musical score although by no means bad it is not quite as good as some kids musicals. Having said this there is something in the look and feel of this film that does make it stand out for me. I haven’t read the original novel but the edginess and quirkiness of the story characters and tempered with some sinister elements in the plot reminded me of many of Roald Dahl stories and I think he must have had a big input in bringing the story to the screen. With a stage version of this currently on in the theatres
it is a good time to see the original film. All things considered this is great addition to any children’s DVD library. ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ can be bought online from Amazon.co.uk for £15.19 (+ P&P) or you can buy from DVD.co.uk for £13.59 (incl. P+P), it is also part of a special offer on DVD.co.uk where you can buy three MGM DVD’s for just £20.00 (incl.P&P) Thanks for reading and rating this opinion. © Mauri2003
An epic amongst children's entertainment is a good way to describe the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with a running time of 2 hours and 25 minutes it is extremely long for a children's film. Remarkably however children as young as two or 3 will watch the entire film with interest such is the level of entertainment it provides. THE STORY: Dick Van Dyke takes the lead role as Caractacus Potts, an inventor whose enthusiasm is far greater than his level of success. He lives in a windmill with his children Jeremy and Jemima and his own eccentric father. His latest invention is a sweet, sadly overcooked and indeed full of holes, but wait! It can play a tune, it is in fact a TOOT SWEET! Fate, children and bad driving bring a meeting with the delightful Truly Scrumptious, whose father just happens to own a sweet factory. At last things seem to be going well for Potts, on a visit to the factory the owner and his staff are very impressed. A magnificent musical number follows, unfortunately everyone plays the sweets (whistle, whistle, whistle!) and every local dog invades the factory leaving owner and staff less than happy and a factory in utter chaos. 'But what about the car?' I hear you cry! The children have fallen in love with an abandoned car at the local scrap-yard. At the start of the film you have a glimpse of its glory days, racing in France, but those days are long gone, it is a decaying wreck with scrap value only. The children beg their father to buy the car, but money is tight. A trip to the fair helps matters and Daddy Potts (remember he is Dick Van Dyke!) ends up in a sideshow and getting a hat-full of money for his performance. With the purchase of the scrap-yard car secured the adventure can really begin. The next few scenes show Potts working day and night without food or sleep to transform the wrecked car. The result is amazing, (Potts' skil
ls seem to have greatly improved!) a gleaming silver car with gold trim and red wheels emerges, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is born. Potts and Truly are now firm friends and a trip to the seaside with the children leads to the next part of the story. Stranded due to the tide, Potts begins to tell a story to pass the time, we follow the story in the film. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang can now float and whilst taking a tour on the sea is spotted by Baron Bomburst. He sets his sights on the car and sends two comical henchmen to steal it, they fail, but capture Grandfather Potts instead. During the pursuit Chitty Chitty Bang Bang begins to fly and ends up at the Bavarian castle and village owned by the above mentioned Baron. It soon becomes clear that all is not well here. There are no children and sadness prevails. The family are befriended by the Toymaker (Benny Hill) who explains that the children have been banished by the pampered Baroness Bomburst (Anna Quayle) who is terrified of them The worst happens and Jeremy and Jemima are captured by the evil Child Catcher, so brilliantly portrayed by the dancer Robert Helpmann (he still scares me!) Faced with this dire situation, and with the assistance of the Toymaker, Potts and Truly set out to rescue the children. They manage to discover where the local children are being held and find that Jeremy and Jemima are in the castle itself. A cunning plot is hatched involving mechanical 'dolls', it is a success! Jeremy and Jemima are rescued and all the other children liberated. The Baron and Baroness behaviour is also guaranteed to improve! Chiity Chitty Bang Bang and Grandfather Potts reclaimed, the family return home triumphantly. Romance blossoms between Potts and Truly and the spectacular ending makes you wonder if the adventure was just a story after all. SUMMARY: The film is enjoyable family entertainment, the writer of the story Ian Flemming an expert on
fantastic gadgets and a screenplay by Roald Dahl, a master of children's writing combine to spectacular effect. Sherman and Sherman wrote the music and lyrics with the theme tune being nominated for an Oscar, but also includes the fantastic Toot Sweet, the pretty Truly Scrumptious and the lyrical Hushabye Mountain. Sally Ann Howes gives a lovely performance as the sweet and beautiful Truly Scrumptious and Dick Van Dyke brings character to the role of Caractacus Potts (thankfully minus his attempt at a 'Cockney' accent!) DVD FEATURES: Not that many to be honest, maybe relying on the length of the film rather than added extras. It does include the original theatrical trailer. interactive menu screens, language selection and subtitle options. The film is shown in its original cinematic format including an intermission, this is actually pretty good as it creates a cliff-hanger within the film. All in all a good excuse to re-introduce ourselves to our 'Fine Four Fendered Friend!'
Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, O you pretty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, We love you ……….OK! OK! I have to stop singing this song, although it is a fine song and was nominated for an academy award in 1968. The reason I cannot stop singing this song from the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang film, is because my 5year old has discovered this classic film. And anyone who owns a 5 year old and a video/DVD player will know how many times a person of this age can watch a movie! The car, which is named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by the Potts family on their first outing in the restored car, is the centrepiece of this film. Chitty begins life as a racing car with an abrupt end to it’s career, it is then rescued from a scrap yard after Jeremy and Jemima Potts persuade their father Caractacus to buy it. The Potts, who consist of Father, Grandfather and two children, live in a windmill, which is full of gadgets. Caractacus is an inventor…and relishes a challenge so he decides to restore the car, and this is when the magic really begins! Nothing runs smoothly for Caractacus and during the first outing in the car he finds that he has run a beautiful girl off the road…this same girl had previously brought his children home after they had managed to run her off the road too. But, because this is film and not real life instead of displaying any road rage she happily joins Caractacus and his children for a picnic at the seaside! The four of them enjoy a sunny day on the beach, and then they settle down to listen to a story told by Caractacus. Caractacus is an extremely believable storyteller and it is at this point that fact and fiction merge! Well fiction and fiction merge! To tell anymore of the plotline will spoil for all those 5 and 6 year olds reading this Op!!!!!!!! So at this point I will switch to another aspect of the film, as I would hate to spoil it
for them! Once hooked into this film it has you captivated for two and a half hours, but it is time spent with a quality film. It of course, stars the enchanting singing and dancing man I remember so vividly from my childhood… Dick Van Dyke. Sally Ann Howes plays Truly Scrumptious, the beautiful girl Caractacus ran off the road towards the beginning of the film. There are also other known faces in this cast line-up, Barbara Windsor, and Benny Hill to name two. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was originally written by Ian Flemming and the screenplay for the Chitty film was by ken Hughes and Roald Dahl. So how could this film fail with such great talent behind it! Chitty was made in England by MGM but was targeted at an American audience, as we all know the film has had a far wider appeal and still holds it’s own 30+ years later. It was made in 1967/68, but did you know that there was more than one Chitty car made? The Production Designer on the film Ken Adam, who enlisted the help of the Ford racing team and Alan Mann, created the original Chitty Chitty Bang bang car. Ken Adam believed that if the film was to be about a car then the car had to be believable and not just about camera trickery. I believe he succeeded in his quest! The car was finished in June 1967 and no detail had been spared, it weighed 2 tons, and was 17feet long. The dashboard was from a British World War 1 fighter plane and brass fittings on the car were obtained from Edwardian boat wrecks. The engine though was a modern V6 ford engine with automatic transmission, which ensured it was capable enough to drive on sand as well the road. The other cars that were made were dummy versions for the more tricky scenes, and some of these cars did not have engines but were attached to boats or flown from a helicopter, therefore creating the flying and sailing scenes. Pierre Picton owns the road going Chitty that is actually licensed with the pla
te Gen 11, but the Cars of the Stars museum in Keswick, also has a Chitty car on display for all to see. According to Pierre, if you read the number plate as genii, then it becomes the Latin genii which means magical person or being….which sums up the Chitty car nicely….magical! Another point of fascination in our household, are the buildings that adorn the screen while Chitty is on! The windmill, which is home to the Potts, was given mock sails for the film, and these actually worked very well, without much help from the wind! Ibstone Windmill is located near Turville in Buckinghamshire, but alas, it is not open to view. (Although you can get a decent look at it if you climb the hill from Turville.) The Castle is located in Germany and is open to the public, but as our family have not visited it (yet!) I cannot tell you if it lives up to the screen image… But if it’s half as magnificent as catching a glimpse of Ibstone windmill, then it’s worth a trip to see! Neuschwanstein Castle was started in the 1860’s for the Bavarian King Ludwig the 2nd and was never completely finished. If you ever get to visit, a guided tour takes about 35 minutes. There are other locations that are stunning in the film, but as I have only glanced at where they are, (and the link to the info on the net is broken) I cannot give accurate information, so I will update this opinion soon. To sum and get back to the point, this film is one not to be missed….it has a magical feel that will take any adult back to their childhood, and keep all the family entertained for over 2 hours….. Definitely 5 Stars from me!!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a true classic. A childrens classic film in which the magical car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is resurrected from a wreck to a beautiful classic car. Running for a lengthy 2 hours and 20 minutes this film is released by MGM and is available in most video shops for rental, or as is the norm available to watch at some time over the festive period. It costs under a tenner and is still a firm family favourite. We have had the video for many years now and I am amazed that the quality is still as good as the day that we bought it. It features a once famous racing car that has won many races and falls by the wayside after a crash, which leaves it wrecked. Jeremy and Jemima Potts discover the car and have fabulous imaginary adventures in it. But as the yard owner is offered 30 shillings for the car, and times are hard, he accepts the offer and the car is destined for the scrap heap. In desperation, Jeremy and Jemima promise the yard owner that their eccentric inventor father Caractus Potts(Dick Van Dyke) will buy the car for them. Potts and his family live in an old mill with his father, in which there is a multitude of amazing but very impractical inventions. The children almost cause an accident as Miss Scrumptious is driving past them. She returns them to their father, where he defends their not going to school and shoes Miss Scrumptious away. After a blinding dance routine in the travelling fairground in which the famous “Old bamboo” song is sung, Potts has sufficient money to buy the children the car. He spends an age repairing the car and the end result is a fantastic all singing all dancing (almost) car, in which Potts takes his family to the seaside. However en route, the Potts accidentally drive Miss Scrumptious into the lake. The children invite Miss Scrumptious to join them on their picnic. The trip to the seaside materialises into a ful
l blown adventure where the car can fly and float, and where the children are captured by the evil child catcher, and hidden away from the King and Queen who despise children, and have ordered that all children are banished to the cellar underneath the castle, where they are forgotten about by everyone except their parents. Benny Hill plays the village Toymaker who hides the family from the Child catcher by making them into Jack in the Boxes. The Child catcher uses his huge nose to detect that there are children hiding in the Toyshop somewhere, but cannot see them. All of the adults have to go out and then the child catcher manages to lure them into his cage with Lollipops. The car and Grandpa are captured and Grandpa is ordered to make the car fly, which of course he can’t. Jeremy and Jemima are imprisoned in the castle and Potts and Truly masquerade as toys for the Kings birthday and manage to gain entry to the castle. This all action film is brought to a fantastic climax as the children from the village escape and terrify the Queen and her court, who is subsequently bound and strung in a net with her husband for all to see. Resulting in a predictable happy ending for all, the children are all reunited with their long lost parents, and Grandpa and family are together again. As everyone awakens, the car really is in the water and they manage to start it and drive home. This film is filled with catchy songs such as Hushabye Mountain and Toot sweets, to The old familiar Chitty Chitty Bang Bang song, to Grow the Roses of success. All of which are composed by the Sherman brothers, and is of equally as good quality and content of Mary Poppins the music score that brought them into the limelight. Compiled of a star studded cast this film includes Lionel Jeffries, Barbara Windsor, Sally Ann Howes and Benny Hill, this classic film certainly deserves the U classification. A
lovely wet day film, still enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. I have to admit it is one of my all time favourite films. (I know sad isn’t it, I know every word to every song, even sadder!!!) I have no hesitation in recommending it to a friend.
This re-mastered, pan-and-scan 30th-anniversary edition of that kiddie-car caper is flawed but solid family fare. It retains a quaint charm while some of the songs--including the title tune--are quite hummable. A huge plus is Dick Van Dyke, who is extremely appealing as an eccentric inventor around the turn of the century. With nimble fingers and a unique way of looking at the world, he invents for his children a magic car that floats and flies. Or does he? The special effects are tame by today's standards, and the film is about 20 minutes too long--but its enthusiasm charms. The script was cowritten by Roald Dahl and based on the novel by Ian Fleming, best known for his James Bond adventures. --Rochelle O'Gorman