Walt Disney (Buena Vista)
“Bedknobs and Broomsticks” was produced several years after Walt Disney’s death, but released in 1971.
Bedknobs suffered from comparisons with “Mary Poppins,” due to some similarities between the two productions, such as the presence of actor David Tomlinson, the casting of Cockney children as characters, and the combination of animation and live-action sequences.
Set in wartime England, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” stars Angela Lansbury as Eglantine Price, a would-be witch who hopes to use her powers to forestall a Nazi invasion.
Saddled with three surly kids who’ve been evacuated from London, Lansbury wins over her charges by performing all kinds of magic feats. As a result, she succeeds in foiling Germans along the way.
The film’s most famous scene is an under-sea fantasy, which combines on a grand scale animation with live-action, never before seen in previous Disney productions.
Oscar Nominations: 5
Art Direction-Set Decoration: John B. Mansbridge and Peter Ellenshaw; Emile Kuri and Hal Gausman
Song: “The Age of Not Believing,” music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Score (original): Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Irwin Kostal
Costume Design: Bill Thomas
Oscar Awards: 1
Special Visual Effects: Alan Maley, Eustace Lycett, Danny Lee
The Art Direction Oscar went to the historical drama, “Nicholas and Alexandra,” which also won Costume Design for Yvonne Blake and Antonia Castillo.
“Shaft” won Best Song Oscar, and John Williams received the Scoring Oscar for the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Running time: 117 Minutes.
Directed by Robert Stevenson.
Screenplay: Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi.
Released: November 11, 1971.
DVD: March 20, 2001
Angela Lansbury as Eglantine Price
David Tomlinson as Emelius Browne
Roddy McDowall as Mr. Jelk
Sam Jaffe as Bookman
John Ericson as Col. Heller
Bruce Forsyth as Swinburne