An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it. Written by
Murray Chapman <[email protected]>
Dick Van Dyke's character was named for Caractacus, the last independent ruler of England before the Roman conquest of southern England. See more »
During the Baron's birthday party, Truly (as a doll) dances atop a music box spindle within an unfolded screen of mirrors, visible on the floor for all the guests to see. When Caractacus (as a puppet) rises from his box and starts to dance, the camera pulls back; Truly's music box is nowhere to be seen. When Caractacus goes over to sing a duet with Truly, suddenly she and her music box are visible again. See more »
I had mostly forgotten this movie after 30+ years, but my 2 year old received it as a gift, and is obsessed with it. It's fantastic, really. The locations are stunning, the musical numbers are (mostly) so lively, the physical humor is great! There is such a range of stuff in it, unlike current movies. I even like it for its flaws. It's really beautifully made. The thing I didn't remember, and that disappointed me at first, was that the whole story is a fantasy, a story within the story. I even like that the kids don't sing so well. They seem more real, less like little prodigies.
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