Remember “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”? It’s one of those beloved Disney films that you rarely ever see on cable anywhere, so I was delighted when the “Enchanted Musical Edition” was released last year.
If you’re not familiar with the film, it follows a mail-order apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury) who finds herself saddled with three sibling refugees from London during World War II. Of course, everything comes down to this group, including headmaster David Tomlinson, basically saving England from the ravages of war.
The quintet comes up against corrupt booksellers, animated-lion royalty, and, eventually, invading Germans.
It’s hard not to compare this movie to director Robert Stevenson’s earlier film “Mary Poppins.” They both feature a magical lady, Tomlinson himself, animated animals, and some fun musical numbers, including Lansbury’s Oscar-nominated "The Age of Not Believing."
Originally released in 1971, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” has been lovingly restored and remastered, and it’s definitely a good addition to any Disney lover’s film collection.
- The Wizards Of Special Effects – Hosted By Jennifer Stone From Disney’s WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE
- “A Step In The Right Direction” Reconstruction
- Music Magic – The Sherman Brothers
- David Tomlinson Portobello Road Recording Sessions
- Theatrical Trailers
See if this clip, “The Beautiful Briny Sea,” doesn’t put a little joy in your heart: