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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
G
performer:
Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Gert Frobe, Benny Hill, Lionel Jeffries
director:
Ken Hughes
distributor:
United Artists (MGM)
author:
Roald Dahl, Ken Hughes
genre:
musical, Kids and Family, Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B-

Dude, where’s my flying car? Fret not, for the onomatopoeic auto driving this frothy children’s musical (lifted from the 1968 film) takes flight right on cue: In the grand tradition of Phantom‘s chandelier and Miss Saigon‘s helicopter, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ascends at the tail end of Act 1 to oohs and aahs. This T-shirt sales vehicle careens from Willy Wonka wackiness to Lemony Snicket malice, with Raúl Esparza’s unwitting inventor at its charming, gooey center, and Jan Maxwell’s child-hating Baroness Bomburst providing comic relief. Did we mention there’s a flying car? B-