With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
During World War II in England, Charlie (Ian Weighill), Carrie (Cindy O'Callaghan), and Paul Rawlins (Roy Snart) are sent to live with Miss Eglantine Price (Dame Angela Lansbury), who, as it turns out, is an apprentice witch. Charlie blackmails Miss Price that if he is to keep her practices a secret, she must give him something, so she takes a bedknob from her late father's bed and places the "famous magic travelling spell" on it, and only Paul can activate it. Their first journey is to a street in London, where they meet Emelius Browne (David Tomlinson), former headmaster of Miss Price's witchcraft training correspondence school. Miss Price tells him of a plan to find the magic words for a spell known as "Substitutiary Locomotion", which brings inanimate objects to life. This spell will be her work for the war effort.Written by
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Ron Moody and Sir Peter Ustinov were considered for the role of Professor Emelius Browne. Moody refused to do this movie unless he was billed first. See more »
Miss Price's house is minutes from the coast, and the White Cliffs of Dover are shown. Children wouldn't have been evacuated to that location. Children and many adults had already been evacuated from that area due to the risk of invasion. See more »
King Leonidas is referred to on-screen by name, by is only credited as "Lion." See more »
The video of the 1979 theatrical re-release cuts a further twenty minutes and runs 97 minutes. All songs are cut, except for "Portobello Road", "Beautiful Briny Sea" and some parts of "Substitutiary Locomotion". Other sequences are reduced (such as Professor Browne's wait at the train station) or cut altogether (such as the disappearance of the magical necklace). See more »
I saw this film many years ago and I thought it was pure magic. It was a lovely film full of escapism which could be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
The performances throughout the film by it's actors and actresses are magnificent. The songs are great and the special effects are lovely for it's time. The story is a beautiful one.
I love films like this and I last watched this film around 1986. As I said earlier, it is pure escapism-one of those beautiful films which whisks you away from real life problems into a lovely fantasy world. It is pure brilliance.
I would recommend this film to anyone but particularly to young children born after it was released-even today in 2002 it can be enjoyed.
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