Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

G   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical magician conman search for the missing component to a magic spell to be used in the defense of Britain in World War II.


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6 May 2001 | laffinsal
Terrific film
It is unfortunate that this film receives such little comment, as compared to "Mary Poppins", for the simple fact that most people DO compare it to "Mary Poppins" amd really, it stands alone.

The story is quite original and well done. The actors are all wonderful, and Angela Lansbury, to me, will always be Miss Price. David Tomlinson is also wonderful as Professor Browne. The children are also great, with the standout being the youngest one, Paul. He has so many funny moments in this movie.

Again, the Sherman Brothers lend their creative song-writing talents to this film with excellent results. "The Age of Not Believing" is wonderful, as is "Eglantine", "The Beautiful Briny" and the superb "Portobello Road" number. The animation scenes are also great and imaginative.

This is certainly an enjoyable film on many counts, and should be remembered just as so many of the other Disney classics. It should also be seen in the recently restored version, which runs over two hours. The story is more fluent in that version, and the songs are intact, for the most part. A great movie.

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Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote two songs that never made it past pre-production, despite Richard's protests. In "The Fundamental Element", Miss Eglantine Price would've explained her philosophy to the children after turning Charlie into a rabbit. Miss Price would've sung "Solid Citizen" to distract King Leonidas and get the magic star; ultimately, the soccer game replaced it. Both went unheard until demos performed by Richard Sherman appeared on the CD soundtrack re-issue. Part of "The Fundamental Element" was incorporated into the "Don't Let Me Down" portion of "Eglantine".


Captain Ainsley Greer: You there, which way to Pepperinge Eye?
Elderly Farmer: Couldn't say, sir. It said on the wireless to paint out the sign posts in case the Nazis drop in.
Captain Ainsley Greer: I'm not a Nazi, I'm a British officer!
Elderly Farmer: That's what you'd say if you *was* a Nazi, isn't it sir?


Shots of the armor of the knights on horseback alternate between them advancing a few feet when German soldiers are in the shot, and several hundred feet when no other characters are visible.

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are based on the Bayeux Tapestry, a full account of the 1066 Norman conquest of Britain.

Alternate Versions

The Disney+ Version omits the subtitles for the German soldiers dialogue.


Finale (Reprise of 'The Old Home Guard')
Performed by male studio chorus
Music and Lyrics by
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman


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Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical


Release Date:

13 December 1971


English, German

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Dorset, England, UK

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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