Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Angela Lansbury
Director: Robert Stevenson Cast: Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
, David Tomlinson
David Tomlinson
, Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
Robert Stevenson

DVD (Color / Wide Screen)

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Overview

Bedknobs and Broomsticks was produced several years after Walt Disney's death and released in the fall of 1971. As it turned out, Bedknobs was frequently compared to Mary Poppins -- probably thanks to several striking similarities between the two productions, notably the presence in the cast of David Tomlinson, the use of Cockney children as central characters, and the inclusion of sequences that combine animation and live-action. Set in wartime England, Bedknobs stars Angela Lansbury as Eglantine Price, a would-be witch who hopes to use her newly acquired conjuring powers to forestall a Nazi invasion. Saddled with three surly kids who've been evacuated from London, Lansbury wins over her charges by performing various and sundry feats of magic. And, yes, she manages to foil a few Germans along the way. The film's most famous episode is an elaborate undersea fantasy, which combines animation with live-action on a gargantuan scale, dwarfing all previous Disney sequences along these lines.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2009
UPC: 0786936790672
Original Release: 1971
Rating: G
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:20:00
Sales rank: 2,103

Special Features

"The Wizards if Special Effects," hosted by Jennifer Stone from Wizards of Waverly Place, who serves as a special effects apprentice and learns about the Academy Award-winning 1971 special effects in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, then compares them to the special effects; "Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers," takes a look behind the scenes from a musical point of view of Bedknobs and Broomsticks with the Sherman Brothers, Angela Lansbury, and Scott MacQueen, exploring the origins of the songs, including what was deleted and what made it into the final version of the film; Deleted Song "A Step in the Right Direction"; a rare clip of David Tomlinson’s recording of the song "Portobello Road."

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Lansbury Eglantine Price
David Tomlinson Emelius Browne
Roddy McDowall Mr. Jelk
Sam Jaffe Bookman
John Ericson Col. Heller
Ian Weighall Charlie
Bruce Forsyth Swinburne
Cindy O'Callaghan Carrie
Reginald Owen Gen. Teagler
Cyril Delevanti German Sergeant
Hank Worden Militiaman
Roy Smart Paul
Tessie O'Shea Mrs. Hobday
Arthur E. Gould-Porter Capt. Greer
Ben Wrigley Street Sweeper
Rick Traeger German Sergeant
Manfred Lating German Sergeant
John Orchard Vendor
Robert Holt Codfish
Lennie Weinrib Secretary Bird/Lion
Richard Peel Vendor (uncredited)
Irwin Kostal Conductor

Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
Robert O. Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Don DaGradi Screenwriter
Peter Ellenshaw Art Director
Chris Hibler Asst. Director
Ward Kimball Animator
Irwin Kostal Musical Direction/Supervision
Danny Lee Special Effects
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Alan Maley Special Effects
John Mansbridge Art Director
Donald McKayle Choreography
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Richard M. Sherman Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Score Composer,Songwriter
Art Stevens Animator
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Walsh Producer,Screenwriter
Cotton Warburton Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bedknobs and Broomsticks
1. Opening Credits [:00]
2. "The Old Home Guard" [:00]
3. Meeting the Children [:00]
4. A New Home [:02]
5. Basic Broom Instructions [:00]
6. Charlie's Con [:00]
7. Traveling Spell [:00]
8. "The Age Of Not Believing" [:00]
9. "With a Flair" [6:40]
10. Finding Fun In the House [3:28]
11. "Portobello Road" [6:08]
12. Visit To Bookman [2:15]
13. To the Island Of Naboombu [2:56]
14. "The Beautiful Briny" [5:21]
15. No People Allowed [3:09]
16. Savage Soccer Match [4:54]
17. Giving the Spell A Try [14:35]
18. Remember the Words [4:17]
19. "Substitutiary Locomotion" [5:50]
20. Important News [2:45]
21. "Nobody's Problems For Me" [3:45]
22. Just A Little Exercise [3:07]
23. Spell Search [4:28]
24. Mr. "Bunny" Browne [11:56]
25. Troops To The Rescue [5:01]

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