Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

This 1968 film stars Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes.

Synopsis:
In the early 20th century England, eccentric Caractacus Potts works as an inventor, a job which barely supports himself, his equally eccentric father, and his two adolescent children, Jeremy and Jemima. But they're all happy. When the children beg their father to buy for them their favorite plaything - a broken down jalopy of a car sitting at a local junk yard - Caractacus does whatever he can to make some money to buy it. One scheme to raise money involves the unexpected assistance of a pretty and wealthy young woman they have just met named Truly Scrumptious, the daughter of a candy factory owner. But Caractacus eventually comes into another one time only windfall of money, enough to buy the car. Using his inventing skills, Caractacus transforms the piece of junk into a beautiful working machine, which they name Chitty Chitty Bang Bang because of the noise the engine makes. At a seaside picnic with his children and Truly, Caractacus spins a fanciful tale of an eccentric inventor, his pretty girlfriend (who is the daughter of a candy factory owner), his two children, and a magical car named Chitty all in the faraway land of Vulgaria. The ruthless Baron Bomburst, the ruler of Vulgaria, will do whatever he can to get his hands on the magical car. But because of Baroness Bomburst's disdain for them, what are outlawed in Vulgaria are children, including the unsuspecting children of a foreign inventor of a magical car. (IMDb)

>>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - The Stage Musical
>>plans for a remake mentioned last year but on hold


9 comments:

  1. I love this film, it's a family favorite! Personally I enjoy the story and songs much more than Mary Poppins. Did you know Disney wanted Julie Andrews to play the female lead in this film too but she was already signed on to do The Sound of Music and refused to do any more "children's" movies?
    My favorite song is the grandfather's Posh song. This film is Truly Scrumptious! :)

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  2. Laurie, I didn't know that they wanted Julie for the film but I'm glad they didn't cast her since I think it would have been too similarities to their roles in Mary Poppins. I haven't seen CCBB in years but I remember liking it as a child :)

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  3. I saw this movie so many times when I was young--it seems like it was always the holiday movie for years, and I loved it. Tried to watch it with my kids, but the child snatcher really scared them and the King and Queen also really creeped them out.

    Like Laurie, I'm a big fan of the POSH song, as well as the theme song, of course.

    Tripping down memory lane.

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  4. Oh I love this movie!!! It has always been a favorite of mine :) That is interesting that they wanted Julie Andrews for the part. I can see why, and although I love her and would have liked to see her and Dick Van Dyke do another Disney film together, I think think the actress who played the female lead instead was perfect!

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  5. This and Mary Poppins are two of my favorite childhood-through-adulthood films. Just classic. Great timing on post...just watched it last week again. ;-)

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  6. I love this film also!! So great! Although the child snatcher used to give me nightmares. Hehe. Grandpa is my favourite character. :)

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  7. I never tired of this fils andits happy music! Dick van Dyke is so endearing...thank you for posting!
    Hugs
    Marta

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  8. For Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lovers, check out this cover of "Hushabye Mountain" by The Zoup, just posted on Youtube recently :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1KqViNkmZQ

    Dave

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  9. Great rendition of the song Dave!

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