Episode 18: Bedknobs and Bad Movies

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●     “Feature Film”

○   Bedknobs and Broomsticks

○   Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 Disney film starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson set in WWII England. Charlie, Carrie, and Paul are children displaced from London by German bombings and are put into the reluctant care of Miss Eglantine Price - an apprentice witch learning her craft via a correspondence course.

○      The children find out Miss Price’s secret when they see her flying on a broom and attempt to blackmail her. Miss Price buys their secrecy with a transportation spell that allows their bed to travel anywhere in the world and explains that she is trying to use her powers to end the war. However, in a bit of an ironic twist, it appears as though the war has put a premature end to her course. Still determined to use magic to end the war, Miss Price and the children take the bed to London to find her teacher, Professor Emelius Browne.

         They find Mr. Browne, but it turns out that he is nothing but a street magician turned con-artist who had no idea that his “spells” actually work. When Miss Price asks about the spells, he says he got all of them from a book he found - but he doesn’t have the entire book.

Delighted at the prospect of his spells actually working and the idea of a duo performing act starring himself and Miss Price, Mr. Browne leads the group to the Portobello Road marketplace in hopes of finding the rest of the book - in their search they come across the mysterious criminal the Bookman - who has the other half of the book, which reveals that the spell is written on a medallion on the mystical Island of Naboombu.

Our group takes the bed to Naboombu and meet the King - who is wearing the sought-after medallion and is very upset that they don’t have a referee for their soccer match. Mr. Browne agrees to referee the match and attempts to use the opportunity to get a better look at the medallion.

After a chaotic soccer match, the group manages to retrieve the spell and return to England. The “substitutiary locomotion” spell makes inanimate objects move in a lifelife way, and as the group returns and finds a Nazi invasion in England, Miss Price uses the spell to create an army of inanimate objects and fend off the Nazis.

Afterward, she is pleased with her success, but has decided to give up magic and continue looking after the children. Mr. Browne is inspired to do something more important and joins the army (promising to return to Miss Price after ;) )

○   Fun facts:

○    Weird relationship with Mary Poppins - Bedknobs repeatedly shelved

○    Stage musical -2019???? Rachel Rockwell - director/choreographer. Release date now TBA

●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○   March 7, 2010: Disney-Pixar's Up wins Best Animated Feature Film at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

○   March 9, 2018: 2018: The live-action science fiction film A Wrinkle in Time is released by Walt Disney Pictures.

●     Segment: Misc “Whosits and Whatsits Galore”

○   CAPTAIN MARVEL!!!!

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○    Disney + is in the news - predicted 160 million subsciptions

○   Maleficent: Mistress of Evil announced for October 18, 2019

○   CAPTAIN MARVEL!!!!

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

●     Top 4 WORST Disney movies:

○   Hunchback of Notre Dame 2

○   Maleficent

○   The Haunted Mansion

○   Ella Enchanted

 Next Week: Movie: Captain Marvel!!   Top 4: ?