Bedknobs and Broomsticks
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"It's more sophisticated than the usual run of Disney product, but it lacks the inventiveness that could endow it with genuine charm."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Must all films for kids be so shoddy, though? The music is appalling."
‑ , Time Out
"[Blu-ray Review] Some movies from childhood hold up when they are seen as an adult, and others do not, trapped only in the nostalgia of the time in which they were first watched. Recommended for fans, but temper expectations."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Delightful Disney charmer may be too long for youngest."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Animation is neatly mixed with live action, and Lansbury, engaging as ever, heads a capable cast."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The fantasy is earthbound, the score by Richard and Robert Sherman (who also wrote music and lyrics for Mary Poppins) is forgettable, the special effects lackadaisical."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"I suspect the movie will be something of a long, uninterrupted sit for the very children for whom it's intended, and an even longer one for those parents and guardians (both adults and teen-age) who will probably accompany them."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Disney's multi-Oscar nominated musical is not as good as Mary Poppins to which it's often compared, but Angela Lansbury is well-cast and most of the visual effects, which won the Oscar, are impressive."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's a little uneven but at its best Bedknobs And Broomsticks rivals the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Has many moments rooted in movie magic, but there's also a whole lot of filler that brings the movie to a length that's more than bearable."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"It is when the film [based on the book by Mary Norton] dives deeply into the realms of fantasy that it is most enjoyable."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Disney organization is worst when it makes "family entertainment" and best when it sticks to pure, simple, charming fantasy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A fun, fairly intelligent, unexpectedly witty example of cinema for children at a time when that genre was at one of its lowest-ever ebbs"
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Like Lansbury, the film has aged well and retains almost all of its magic."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Angela Lansbury shows off her singing, dancing and comic skills -- which I think even overshadow the film's Oscar-winning special effects."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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