Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) is an eccentric inventor who lives in a “castle” ont he hill above a quite little town with his two children Jemima (Heather Ripley) and Jeremy (Adrian Hall), oh and the equally eccentric Grandpa Potts (Lionel Jeffries). The children adore playing on a broken down race car and when the owner sells it they beg their father to raise the 30 shillings to buy it for their family. After managing to raise the money, Potts hides away in his inventors workshop working on the car, the final result is the mysterious and magical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Also starring Sally Ann Howes, Gert Frobe, Anna Quayle, Benny Hill, James Robertson Justice, Robert Helpmann, Alexander Dore, Bernard Spear, Desmond Llewelyn.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is an adventurous film full of imagination, charm and good old fashion family fun. Interestingly enough it is based on a children’s book written by Ian Fleming the creator of Bond, James Bond. To top that little jewel of a fact off, Desmond Llewelyn who plays Q in the Bond films make a brief appearance a the beginning of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and it is produced by the famous Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli. The movie also reunited Dick Van Dyke with the composer and lyricist (Richard M.Sherman and Robert B. Sherman) from Mary Poppins. Knowing the music was created by the same people who did Mary Poppins it makes sense. There are a lot of similarities and I think even some of the exact same background and transitional musica pieces. Not that you mind as a viewer since it includes songs like “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Truly Scrumptious,” “Toot Sweets,” “Me Ol’ Bamboo,” and “Doll on a Music Box.” There isn’t a single thing I can say against Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, it is fabulous in every way. Perfect to fuel the imagination of your little ones or even yourself! We could all use a little imagination and creativity these days.
10/10 Stars – The classics never die!
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