Bedknobs And Broomsticks


(out of 5)

In this special-effects laden Disney film, three London children are sent out of the city to live in the country during World War II to avoid dangerous air raids. They go to live with a woman () whom they discover is an apprentice witch, and the eldest of the three children blackmails her into sharing her magical secrets with them. Together on a magical bed, they travel to London to visit her professor () who will help her develop a magical locomotion technology that will be helpful in the war effort. The effects are excellent, and Lansbury seems to be having a good time with the material, but the overall result is a second-rate Mary Poppins with unmemorable songs by Poppins composers Richard and Robert Sherman.

Walt Disney Productions

USA, 1971

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , animation story by , , based on the book by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1971

Golden Globe Awards 1971

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