chitty chitty bang bang

the year: 1968

the genre: musical

the cast: Dick Van Dyke (Caractacus Potts); Sally Ann Howes(Truly Scrumptious); Lionel Jeffries (Grandpa); James Robertson Justince (Lord Scrumptious); Heather Ripley (Jemima Potts); Adrian Hall (Jeremy Potts)

the plot: An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery, but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it, and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it.
(I just couldn't resist a summary that had the word "skulduggery" in it.)

don't miss: Spy One and Spy Two - especially when they try to "blend in".

count: how many dogs assisted with the 'Toot Sweet' finale.

listen for: "Coggins? That lives down the road? Sure. He wouldn't light your pipe if his house was on fire."

did you know: the colors of the floating Chitty - purple, green, and white - were the colors of the women's suffrage movement of that time.

also listen for: "Time's up. Had your chance. Muffed it. Good morning."

watch for: Grandpa's accommodations as he travels to Vulgaria. They are certainly posh.

did you also know: when the production filmed in the Bavarian town of Rothenberg on the Tauber, some locals were used. Senior citizens were cast as the townspeople of Vulgaria, while the local university's riding teams played the Vulgarian soldiers.


Erika said...

I think Grandpa's post traveling arrangments must have been the first "coach class." Lot's of great music in this film!

Erika said...

So I was rewatching part of this last night--I had forgotten how truly wonderful the spies are!

"And when one is in Britain, one must..."
"...play cricket!"

Millie Motts said...

I know, right? They are my favorite thing - just after the Sherman Bros. songs.