Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (DVD, 2007, Canadian; Decades Collection)

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Apr 20, 2004 (Updated Dec 16, 2004)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Everything

Cons:Nothing

The Bottom Line: Excellent; it's has all the good things you look for in a family movie.


From the desk of OpinionX:

Once upon a time...
A legendary racing car crashed and ends up a playground for Jeremy (Adrian Hall) and Jemima (Heather Ripley), the 2 kids of eccentricly brilliant Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke). The land where the burned car rests belongs to farmer Coggins (Desmond Llewelyn, famed "Q" in 007 films).

When a Junkman (Victor Maddern) makes a deal with Coggins to buy the car for 30 shillings, the kids race home to tell their father, nearly getting run over along the way by Truly Scruptious (Sally Ann Howes), daughter of candy mogul Lord Scrumtious (James Robertson Justice); that for the same 30 schillings, he can buy their car.

Broke, yet unwilling to disappoint his kids, he enters a local circus. Despite some early failure due to a Hair-Cutting machine he brought along which hilariously invented a new hairstyle, Caractacus managed to earn enough in a song and dance number. Noveau riche, he buys the car from Coggins and pulled by his trusty steed, brings it to his castle, helped along by his father Grandpa Potts (Lionel Jeffries), the lavatory adventurer.

Safe in his barn, Caractus works day and night, transforming the 3-time grand prix winner-turned farm junk into a miraculous marvel that can cruise the land, sea, and sky: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Oh you, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
we love you,
And on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
what we'll do!
Near, far, in our motorcar, oh what a happy time
we'll spend;
Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, our fine
4-fendered friend!

You're sleek as a thoroughbred,
Your seats are a feathered bed,
You turn everybody's head,
Today!

We'll glide on our motortrip,
With pride in our ownership,
The envy of all we survey!

Oh you, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
we love you,
And on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
what we'll do!
Near, far, in our motorcar, oh what a happy time
we'll spend;
Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, our fine
4-fendered friend!

Sounds fantasmagorical? that's just the beginning!
When Caractacus, Truly and the kids go to a picnic, it's a happy day at the beach...until Caractacus starts to tell a Pirate story at the request of his kids.

Narrowly dodging cannonballs from the ship of quirky madman Baron Bomburst (Gert Frobe) who is posessed to obtain Chitty; Caractacus races home...only to discover Bomburst's 2 blundering spies (Alexander Dore & Bernard Spear) have kidnapped Grandpa Potts in his own Lavatory!

It's a daring rescue as Chitty crosses the Atlantic, flying over the Arctic, touching down in the faraway land Vulgaria, where children are prohibited!
Fantastic performances, unforgettable score, and the minimum of profanity make this a movie to endure through time.

One last thought: The Collector's 2-disc version DVD contains enough flying special features to fill the sky...and your TV.


This is OpinionX and until next time, enjoy the movie.


Recommend this product? Yes

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