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Having noted the success of Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Film/MaryPoppins'', its [[TheSixties 1964]] [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian Era]] {{musical}}, Creator/UnitedArtists sought three years later to generate similar success for themselves by hiring TheShermanBrothers, the same song-writing team that had scored ''Poppins'', to adapt another period piece into a big-budget musical extravaganza. The result was ''Chitty Chitty Bang Bang''.

Caractacus Potts (an English inventor [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent with an American accent]] played by Dick Van Dyke) rebuilds an old wreck of a race-car and makes a few slight improvements, such as giving it the ability to [[CoolBoat sail]] and to [[FlyingCar fly]]. With his kids, grandfather and the beautiful daughter of a candy mogul, Caractacus travels to the distant, vaguely ''mitteleuropäisch'' land of [[{{Ruritania}} Vulgaria]] (location shooting for the film version was done around the [[TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Bavarian]] castle of Neuschwanstein and in the medieval town of Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber), where they get in trouble with the country's [[AristocratsAreEvil Evil Aristocrat]] leaders who [[ChildHater hate children]], but like their car (hey, it's better than [[TheAllegedCar a Lada]]). Naturally, they steal both.

The book it's based on was written by Creator/IanFleming. [[Literature/JamesBond Yes, THAT Ian Fleming]]. The movie itself was produced by Albert Broccoli [[Film/JamesBond of the same fame]]. Gert Fröbe, who played the Baron, also played [[RuleOfThree Auric]] Film/{{Goldfinger}}. Desmond Llewellyn of "Q" fame played Coggins. Creator/BennyHill was the Toymaker. Oh, and the screenwriter was Creator/RoaldDahl. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.

Received a ScreenToStageAdaptation in 2002.

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!!Provides examples of:
* AccidentalAimingSkills: The Baron tries to shoot his own wife when she gets launched into the air and held up with a ParachutePetticoat under the pretense he's [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident trying to help her down]]. But he does succeed in popping her dress and having her land safely, much to his disappointment.
-->'''Bomburst''': Ah, well, I'll get her next time.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: To an extent, the Baron's birthday presents [[spoiler: which are actually Caractacus and Truly in disguise]]. You'd think that this is an example of an egregiously PaperThinDisguise... unless you already knew about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urcQqDqiheQ 18th century clockwork automatons]]. Of course, they were never able to imitate humans singing, but at the time it seemed like anything was possible with them. There was one that could play the flute, a mechanical duck that could eat and digest food, several that could write, and a chess-playing hoax so ingenious and masterfully crafted that it is still worth mentioning. This last example also demonstrates how it wouldn't have seemed so far-fetched that there might be clockwork creations that could sing and dance (although it ''was'' achieved in largely the same way).
* AristocratsAreEvil: Baron and Baroness Bomburst, the leaders of Vulgaria. Though averted with Truly Scrumptious, who is, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: The lone Vulgarian foot soldier following behind the cavalry, when the gates close behind him.
* TheBaroness: ''The'' Baroness. Unlike most examples, this Baroness is in fact an actual baroness. She is married to a baron and lives in the capital of a barony.
* BlackHumor: Toward the end of the film, several characters are thrown into the lake near Neuschwanstein Castle. If you know the history of Neuschwanstein (there were several tragic drownings in that lake), this is a ''lot'' darker.
** Earlier on, the Baron repeatedly tries to kill his own wife with no success.
* BrickJoke: On the way back to Vulgaria, the two spies are [[ThrownFromTheZeppelin thrown off the zeppelin]] when Baron Bomburst tries to lighten it. Later, we see the spies having swum all the way back, but because the Vulgarian people are fighting at the castle, they head back into the water to swim away.
* ChildHater: Having been invented by Creator/RoaldDahl, Vulgaria naturally has its whole culture built (very illogically) around this.
* ChildlessDystopia: Vulgaria.
* ChromaKey: Used to make Chitty fly. You can see blue matte lines in some shots, especially around Jeremy and Jemima's hair and inside the see-through trim on Truly's hat.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Chitty and its occupants go over the cliff, seemingly headed to certain doom -- cue the {{Intermission}}! After the break, the final moments of the first half are rerun, and then the wings sprout from the car...
* CoolBoat: Chitty can float as well as fly.
* CoolCar: Guess...
* CounterpointDuet: "Doll on a Music Box" and "Truly Scrumptious (reprise)" at Baron Bomburst's birthday party.
* CutSong: "Lovely, Lonely Man" is omitted in some TV airings and the stage musical since it stands out so much on its own among all the songs.
* DisproportionateRetribution: All children are banned in Vulgaria because one child called the Baroness ugly.
* DrivingIntoATruck: Lord Scrumptious is captured by being tricked, ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''-style, into driving up into the back of a truck.
* EagleLand:
-->'''Spy 1:''' But I can speak English and still be Vulgar(ian).\\
'''Spy 2:''' That would make you an American.
* TheEdwardianEra
* EnglishRose: Truly Scrumptious. Adrian Hall, who played Jeremy, even described her actress Sally Ann Howes as such in a DVD featurette.
* EjectionSeat: When Baron Bomburst commands Grandpa to make the eponymous car fly, Grandpa presses a button at random that sends the Baroness shooting skyward out of her seat. (''See'' ParachutePetticoat, ''below''.)
* FatAndSkinny: [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Those Two Spies]].
* FlyingCar: Chitty, obviously.
* GenreAdultery: Based on a children's book written by a man famous for gritty spy novels.
** SoMyKidsCanWatch: Ian Fleming wrote the original story for his son.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Played with. Grandpa Potts thinks he's this trope, but he's really just insane.
* GorgeousPeriodDress
* GratuitousGerman: The Vulgarians, particularly the Baron and the two spies.
* HaveAGayOldTime: "You'll find a slight squeeze on the hooter an excellent safety precaution, Miss Scrumptious."
* HomemadeInventions: Caractacus' works exhibit this, such as his automated breakfast maker.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: The car itself.
* {{Intermission}}: See {{Cliffhanger}} above.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Among Caractacus's not-quite-working inventions are a television antenna and a vacuum cleaner.
* LetXBeTheUnknown: One of the spies wants to go by the CodeName "X", but his superiors misunderstand it as "Rex" or "Tex." It doesn't help when the other spy tries to clarify that it's X as in "X and Bacon."
* MadScientist: Not merely Caractacus himself (who, as his father says, is "Eccentric -- definitely eccentric. [[HypocriticalHumor Can't think where he gets it from]]!"), but also a collection of rather grotesque inventors (and one telephone repairman) forced by the Baron to work on a supercar for himself.
* ManChild: Baron Bomburst, ironically. To the point that he's singlehandedly keeping the toymakers in business.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Believe it or not, Robert Helpmann, who played the terrifying Child Catcher, was extremely kind, especially towards the children.
* MeaningfulName: Caractacus Potts. Dick Van Dyke himself once said it was just a long form for "crackpot". {{Lampshaded}} in the case of Truly Scrumptious with the song that bears her name. ("By coincidence, Truly Scrumptious, you're truly, truly scrumptious.")
* MilesGloriosus: The Child Catcher; he can handle a couple at once ([[EvilLaugh laughing evilly]] as he does), but a large group of them? ''That'' makes him scream in panic and give up without a fight.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: C'mon now? ''Bomburst''? (Not to mention "Vulgaria"?)
* NestedStory: The second half of the movie goes into Caractacus' beachside story.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: At the breakfast table, grandpa tries to tell the old joke about bagging an elephant in his pajamas (first used by GrouchoMarx) but everyone's heard that one before.
* NoOSHACompliance: The Scrumptious candy factory doesn't have handrails and has some of the boiling vats of sugar sitting on the edges...
* TheNoseKnows: The Child Catcher's huge nose lets him track people's scent.
--> '''Child Catcher:''' Let me tell you, Toymaker, this nose of mine has never failed me, and if there are children here, my friend, you will die! [[EvilLaugh Ha ha ha ha ha ha!]]
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Dick Van Dyke is in a movie set in England with English actors playing the other members of his family and he still uses his American accent. Of course, we all know what happened [[Film/MaryPoppins the last time]] he [[OohMeAccentsSlipping attempted a British accent]].
* OfCorsetsSexy: The Baroness.
* OhCrap: At first, the children when they realize the Child Catcher has joined the battle. [[spoiler:But it then reverses onto the Child Catcher himself when he realizes he's outnumbered.]]
** Caractacus when he encounters Truly at the Scrumptious sweets factory, and putting two and two together, realizes she's Truly ''Scrumptious'', whose father is factory owner Lord Scrumptious. [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere He tries to walk out]] before his child implore him to stay.
* OverlyStereotypicalDisguise: The Baron's two spies attempt to blend in as Englishmen by putting on plaid coats, deerstalker caps, holding a pipe aloft, and calling each other "Basil". A nearby family sees them pass and looks at each other in confusion.
* ParachutePetticoat: Happens to the Baroness when she is launched from Chitty's EjectorSeat.
* ParentingTheHusband: Baron and Baroness Bomburst.
* PercussiveMaintenance: When the giant music box that is given to the Baron as a gift for his birthday doesn't start up correctly, a swift kick from Caractacus gets it started again.
* PetsHomageName: Inventor Caratacus Potts has a dog named Edison.
* PlayingGertrude: Lionel Jeffries, who plays Grandpa Potts, was actually six months younger than Dick Van Dyke.
* PlungerDetonator: Complete with the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' gag of the detonator exploding instead of the dynamite.
* PunnyName: Truly Scrumptious. Ironically, despite Fleming's penchant for women with {{Punny Name}}s in his Bond novels, Truly was invented by Creator/RoaldDahl. Lord "Skrumshus" didn't have a daughter in the novel.
** Also, Caractacus (say it really fast, and drop the "acus") Potts. Possibly {{lampshaded}} when Caractacus asks his children if they believe he's a crackpot.
* PushedInFrontOfTheAudience: Mr. Potts at the fair lets this happen when he realizes it will hide him from the angry customer to whom he just gave a horrible haircut.
* RubeGoldbergDevice: Pretty much everything in the Potts household is set up this way, by Caractacus himself.
* RunningGag: Truly ends up in a boggy pond whenever she's driving by the Pottses.
* {{Ruritania}}: Vulgaria.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: There's a reason he's called the Child Catcher -- [[TheNoseKnows his nose knows]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Jeremy and Jemima work very hard to get their dad Caractacus together with Truly.
* ShoutOut: During breakfast, Grandpa Potts tells everyone "[[TheMarxBrothers I got up this morning, and I shot an elephant in my pajamas.]]", making everyone say in unison "[[TheMarxBrothers How it ever got into my pajamas, I shall never know.]]"
** "[[NeverHeardThatOneBefore You've heard it before!]]"
* SickeninglySweethearts: Played with. The lyrics and tempo of "Chu-Chi Face" make it sound like the Baron and Baroness are this trope. But throughout the song, the Baron [[LyricalDissonance makes repeated attempts to kill her]] while she seems to remain oblivious.
* SinisterSchnoz: The Child-Catcher.
* TheSixties: The original novel was set in early-60s Britain, with the eponymous car being a vintage barn-find Caractacus bought because neither he nor anyone else in the Potts family wanted to be the twelfth family on the block with a black Morris Minor.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/MaryPoppins'', since it stars Creator/DickVanDyke with music by Creator/TheShermanBrothers, and is also set in [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian Era]] England.
* SteamPunk: The movie has a steampunk sensibility, but Chitty is a 20th century gasoline-powered vehicle, and the mood is the very opposite of "punk". The novel is set in the 1960s and is definitely not steampunk. (DieselPunk, then?)
* SwingLowSweetHarriet: Truly on her garden swing. Rrrrowrrr...
* ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines: Chitty ''and'' the Baron's blimp. Early in the film, Caractacus attempts to build a set of rocket wings, as well. EpicFail.
* TooDumbToLive: The children are told point blank about the [[MemeticMolester Child Catcher]], ordered to stay put, and not to go outside no matter what...and they still go running after him with the call of sweets in hand. The worst of it is that they had seen the Child Catcher before and yet they were fooled by his PaperThinDisguise.
** The Child Catcher himself exhibits this at the climax. I mean really, thinking he could handle a whole army of angry children by himself?
* TrapDoor: Baron Bomburst tries to dispose of his wife through one.
* UglyGuyHotWife: The Bombursts.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The episode of the two spies dressed as "English gentlemen" ''may'' be based on a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII story in which two German spies were apprehended in the fen-country of Norfolk because (having been misled by Creator/PGWodehouse and other similar English authors) they had attempted to pass as Englishmen by wearing spats and top-hats, both unsuitable to the terrain and hopelessly out of fashion by the 1940s. Caractacus is reputed to be partially based on Henry Leland.
* VillainLoveSong: "[[EarWorm You're my little ]][[TastesLikeDiabetes chu-chi face!]]" Subverted since he spends the whole song trying to kill her.
* WalkThisWay: When Grandpa arrives in Vulgaria.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lord Scrumptious and his chauffeur are captured by the two Vulgarian spies, who steal their clothes and impersonate them, but they themselves are just sort of forgotten about. They reappear just fine at the end since it was AllJustADream, but one wonders what became of them in the Story Within A Story.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Jeremy and Jemima object to having the future Chitty sold for scrap by saying they'd be guilty of murder.
* WomenAreWiser: At different points, Jemima comes off as slightly more sensible than her brother Jeremy.
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