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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I began this series after experiencing a life-changing tragedy. While my wounds were still fresh I was aware that recovery though long would progress with poetry. Movies became my muse, the fodder for my rhyme and reason. As this blog approaches its second birthday my injuries are now scars that mark my maturation. Nevertheless my love for the theater endures, for it brought me through my darkness and welcomed me into its light. Writing through my pain was equally cathartic, and not only provided an escape but also an outlet. Furthermore, it provided a focus as well as a home for my memories. Today I’d like to add another to these hallowed halls.

When I was ten years old I embarked upon my first cross-country trip. From my home in Southern Ontario I went west to Alberta, and further still to British Columbia. My grandparents lived in a small city known as Penticton, and with my sister we arrived there for a visit. It was a fun-filled summer vacation; it was also my introduction to the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

The film’s origins begin in the world of literature. Ian Flemming, the author who created James Bond, departed briefly from his spy thriller series to pen something for his son. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car was the result of his heartfelt efforts. Children’s author Roald Dahl later adapted the project into a shooting script, and the man behind the only Bond satire (Ken Hughes) captained the adventure.

However, the film’s greatest achievement rests in its musical talents. The tunes were orchestrated by cinema’s most celebrated songwriters, the Sherman brothers. Prior to this point these siblings had scored such timeless titles as: The Parent Trap, The Sword and the Stone, and Mary Poppins. Breaking from their Disney days the brothers joined the only non-Bond movie ever created by Eon Productions. With them came the man with a voice, Dick Van Dyke. Other than Sinatra I’ve yet to hear such solid delivery. Not only does he lead the film’s theatrics effortlessly, he croons through the same pitch perfect.

Add to all of this the incredible creations of Frederick Rowland Emett. The devices he built for the film increase the magic of the plot. In fact, the film’s merits are far more than I could ever credit in five-hundred words or less. Thanks to the folks over at 20th Century Fox these positive points now play out in HD on their two-disc blu ray set. Packed with a plethora of extras I highly recommend it. This is one of the movies that began my desire to share my love for the art form. I pray you see the reasons why, and view a brighter side of me and my life at the movies.

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  • Chris Elliott

    Great piece dude! Really liked your return to childhood integration. Obviously this is a notable pick, and one that will surely be explored in the future. Thanks for another great suggestion!

    • Anonymous

      If you’re looking for something inspiring, something sweet and charming this is it. I’ve watched it three times this week thanks to MPix, and I still can’t get enough. Once I have the funds and time I will be grabbing the amazing blu ray. I wish I had more time to go on about the choreography and the creepy kid catching villain. This is packed piece of cinema every kind heart should see.

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