Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • G
  • 1h 57m
  • 1971
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Hold on tight for a magical, musical, fun-filled journey! When young Charlie, Carrie and Paul move to a small village during World War II, they discover their host, Miss Price (Angela Lansbury), is an apprentice witch! Although her early attempts at magic create hilarious results, she successfully casts a traveling spell on an ordinary bedknob, and they fly to the fantastic, animated Isle of Naboombu to find a powerful spell that will save England!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TIME Magazine
Jay Cocks

The fantasy is earthbound, the score by Richard and Robert Sherman (who also wrote music and lyric...

June 21, 2017
Variety Staff

It is when the film [based on the book by Mary Norton] dives deeply into the realms of fantasy tha...

June 21, 2017
Time Out

Must all films for kids be so shoddy, though? The music is appalling.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Delightful Disney charmer may be too long for youngest.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a classic Disney movie that was re-released for its 25th anniversary. It's more than two hours long and better suited for longer attention spans or partial viewings. The framework of the movie -- World War II, Nazi invasions, and bombings in London -- is about as un-child-friendly as it gets, but the film manages to take a lighthearted approach. Main characters never seem frightened by the war or soldiers, though the children talk briefly about losing their parents to the war. The climax of the film involves a drawn-out battle between the main character and a small group of invading Nazis in which the enemy soldiers wield swords and machine guns against her. Despite this apparent violence, no blood is shed, no one is hurt, and the main character retains a smile throughout the entire battle.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:December 13, 1971
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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