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Day 025: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A car that flies! Your fine four fendered friend!
Inventor Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) uses his skills to repair a delay dilapidated old racing car to its former glory but can’t resist adding some “enhancements” of his own.
As the flying, floating, fabulous Chitty sparks up and sparks the lives of those around her, it seems the car has a life of it’s own.
The flying car though soon brings villains and spies to the Potts household and with Grandad(Lionel Jeffries) kidnapped, there is no choice but to follow with the one-off-wonder and drive to the rescue.

Wonderful effects for the time that seem, somehow, to be lasting in today’s CGI cinema experience are just the beginning of this adventure. Led magnificently by Dick Van Dyke the cast draw the viewer 100% into their world.
Based on the book by, bizarrely, Ian Fleming the story is so well done that it is now a stage sensation also!

Things to look out for: one of the screen scariest children’s villains – the Child Catcher, Benny Hill‘s toy maker, the beautiful “Doll on a Music Box“, “Hushabye Mountain” lullabye
Released: 1968
Certificate: U
Cast: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Anna Quayle, Benny Hill, Heather Ripley, Adrian Hall
Rating: fantastic, funny, sad, scary children’s cinematic magic, very highly recommended

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