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jo fowkes posts a message on 2/22/2006 8:55:27 PM
Next month I will be staying in Bucks for a break and I want to know the film locations to visit from chitty chitty bang bang. These include location of the duck pond, windmill, spy bridge plus any other of the films location that I could see. I am a massive fan of the film and I would appreciate a reply
ottawabill posts a message on 5/19/2005 11:49:37 AM
Ok I will except that the Baroness has to hate children to make the movie work. But that says nothing about the relationship between her an her husband. Why does he hate her so. Also why have her prancing around in a tight very sexy corset stockings and braids as he tries to kill her?..Why is this all in a kids movie?
You'd think even though the Baron is very self centred he's still love to get it on with her as he comes to the bedroom and sees her dressed in such a sexy manner. He suggests that then switches to his killer instincts..What a Moron is what I say!!
Jenny Arata posts a message on 3/12/2005 2:37:04 PM
Well, you can't compare the two. The stories are just totally different. CCBB the book is a spy story more similar to the James Bond books but on a children's level. So, if you're looking for an explanation on the behavior of the Baron and the Baronness in the book, forget it because they're not in there.
Mike D posts a message on 3/10/2005 1:40:30 PM
I have watched CCBB several times years ago through my youth. Now at 38 and going through a painful divorce, I now see the movie in a whole new ligt. You see, I have two daughters, ages 6 and 3 and they are more important to me than anything else in this world. I have equal custody of them but I am only able to have them for 15 days out of the month which is the most painful part. We bought a dvd of the movie the other day and went home to watch it and when the song "You Two" came on, it really struck something and I was almost in tears. Well to make a long story short, my girls loved it too and that is now "Our song" and now our favorite movie. We have even downloaded the words so we can sing along whenever we watch it. Who would have thought that something so simple could mean so much. Thought I would share.
Jenny Arata posts a message on 2/24/2005 2:28:23 PM
Well, I think you have to analyze the dialogue in the first part of the movie and see how that reflects in the Vulgaria part of the movie, much in the same way that the dialogue in the first of THE WIZARD OF OZ is later reflected in the dream sequence - a sequence which also makes little sense but makes for a fun adventure nevertheless. For example, Truly IS the childcatcher. She has caught the Potts children and takes them home to their "castle on a hill." Potts talks about how he supposes he could lock them up and put them on a chain... these are things reflected in the Vulgaria story where children are not allowed... he's having a bit of fun in the story at Truly's expense. It's also interesting that she sings a love song to him IN THE STORY - and who is telling the story about her singing that song? HE is. So it's no wonder at the end when Jemima says that they get married and live happily ever after that Truly asks, "Is that how the story ends?" You have to analyze Vulgaria and its elements in relationship to the "real" story that happens before. Who is the tyrant in the real story? The junkman. Who is the tyrant in Vulgaria? The Baron - a baron who I suspect is also a bit of Lord Scrumptious. Bombastic and tempermental.
ottawabill posts a message on 2/24/2005 8:21:23 AM
Ok, Ok boy we are getting technical aren't we! hehehe. You are right the scene is much more WW1..my mistake.
It's that there is so much under the surface in CCBB after they arrive in Vulgaria. Not enough time in the movie to go into it all.
Why are kids banned?
Why does the Baroness hate them?
If she hates the kids why is she so loving to a man who acts like one? Does she have something to fear?
Is child catching a state run activity or the Baronesses personal sport?
and of course there is this very strange relationship between an old fat ruler (who'd be luck to have such a sexy and sexual wife) and the baroness doting on him, caressing him and flirting with him. She seems to notice that he is trying to kill her but keeps up with the firting..very odd.
But really I love this movie, have been watching it since I was 8 and now own it on dvd. I likely watch it 3 times a year.
(Never liked the kids either)
Jenny Arata posts a message on 2/23/2005 7:46:56 PM
Well, technically the Nazi thing wouldn't be correct for a CCBB-2 unless you wanted to significantly age all the characters. CCBB takes place in 1910, and that would put in with Kaiser Willhelm II, the Zeppelins, the Red Baron, etc. Baron Bomburst is really a characature of the Kaiser more than anything else. And that the Baroness is oozing overt sexuality would have veen very forward thinking in those days. Truly's primness would be more accurate of the times.
ottawabill posts a message on 2/23/2005 9:22:36 AM
Yep she was cute as a button. Anna Quayle was actually in a Bond movie, Casino Royale (the forgotten one) she played the dirrector of a terrorist school and was killed in it?
I must admit as an adult that the Chu chi scene is very erotic and quite memorable..Erotic enough to really make me wonder who allowed it to be added to the film..It's like seeing Mary Poppins have a whipped cream fight in a corset with Dick Van dick in a kids movie..ain't gonna happen right.
I actually find the whole Vulgaria part almost required a movie unto it's self. So many issues between the Baron's hatered for his cute and sexy wife, The Baronesses hatered of Children the whole Nazi German influence..should be a ccbbII don't you think?
Jenny Arata posts a message on 2/22/2005 3:18:48 PM
Steve R, I have been to someone's CCBB website where they took a recent pic of the bridge, and it's right there in lower Buckinghamshire in the Turville area. I thought it was near Russell's Water. Whatever the case, it's in that area for certain. Where is the candy factory? If you do an internet search on CCBB, you will find some of those fan sites. There's also a Yahoo group that has a lot of links to fan sites. Maybe that's where I saw it.
As for all the stuff with the Baron and his wife, it's played for slapstick for kids, but the humor is also geared towards adults and the James Bond crowd who were used to that sort of stuff. Why he wants to kill her? Who knows? He was a spoiled king and she was his humorous foil. I love the way she "claps" - two fingers together. So silly! And the way her hands tremble when she sees children!
ottawabill posts a message on 2/22/2005 3:01:44 PM
Thought I'd answer two messages in one here.
1st, I agree with everyone else Pots never pole vaults over anything in the movie. With that said I think the word you were looking for is POONAMALIE it is an area in Indian where sappier were during the British rule in India.
My other is the question as to the Baron killing his wife. I really have no idea why. I thought she was sexy , great looking and alway attentive to him. I would have just adored her if i was the Baron..further to all of that why was the chu-chi scene placed in a kids movie..seems rather erotic for children??
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