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Siskoid's avatar


In the same genre as Mary Poppins, Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks has Angela Lansbury as a would-be witch taking on some war orphans during WWII and seeking a spell to help Britain fend off the Nazis. It's pretty charming. There are a couple of fun songs, and both Lansbury and David Tomlinson (who is in all the big Disney fantasies, it seems) are evidently having fun. I don't know if the double-entendres are on purpose, but that's fun too. They're perhaps inevitable when the story requires you to jump into bed and give a knob a bit of a twist. As with Mary Poppins, there's an animated sequence with some pretty great live action interaction, though it's mostly a crazy soccer game with cartoon animals, a weird distraction, perhaps, but a worthy short. And it all ends where you think it will (the witch falls for the kids) and where you've forgotten it would (witch vs. Nazis). Seems kind of forgotten today in Disney's canon of family fare, but doesn't deserve to be.
1 year 7 months ago
BadFluffy's avatar


Mary Poppins knockoff with Angela Lansbury. Kids will like it even though it looks very dated.
10 years 9 months ago
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