Trivia / Bedknobs and Broomsticks

  • Billing Displacement: Roddy McDowall is third-billed and, in the uncut version of the movie, he does indeed play a significant supporting character. However, in the theatrical cut of the movie, his role was reduced to The Guy Who Gets Attacked By Miss Price's Nightgown, but they still billed him right below Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $20 million. Box office, $17.9 million.
  • California Doubling: Set in England, filmed mostly in California, thanks to matte paintings, it doesn't show.
  • Creator Killer: This was unfortunately the beginning of the end of director Robert Stevenson's career; it never returned to the heights it used to see.
  • Cut Song: The film originally ran 139 minutes, but was cut by 22 for its initial theatrical release. Three songs - "A Step in the Right Direction", "With a Flair", and "Nobody's Problems" - were dropped in the process, and others were shortened (in particular, "Portobello Road"). The 1996 restoration used for the laserdisc and DVD releases restored most of the cut material, with the exception of the first song, as that scene had been lost.
    • The "story and songs" record had "With a Flair" and a full version of "Portobello Road".
    • The 2014 Special Edition Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack uses the 117-minute cut of the movie, with the footage added in 1996 relegated to the Blu-Ray Disc's and Digital Copy's respective bonus features sections.
  • Executive Meddling: For the American premiere at Radio City Music Hall, Disney had to shorten the movie by at least 20 minutes, to make room for a Rockettes performance. Those scenes remained missing for 25 years, until they were added incrementally during the 1996 and 2001 restorations. Later, the 2014 restoration deleted them again.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Since the Blu-Ray doesn't include the 25th Anniversary Edition, the only way to watch it in HD would involve contacting someone fortunate enough to have downloaded it from iTunes, before they stopped carrying it in favor of the theatrical cut.
  • The Other Darrin: The original audio for the deleted scenes apparently no longer exists, requiring Disney to have the dialogue re-dubbed. Angela Lansbury and Roddy Mc Dowall re-recorded their own lines, but characters whose original actors had either passed away or become too old received new VAs for these parts, which is why (among other inconsistencies) Mr. Browne's voice sometimes changes to that of Jeff Bennett.
  • Reality Subtext: Supposedly, "The Age of Not Believing" was written as an allegory for Walt Disney Productions' struggle to continue on financially and creatively after the death of Walt Disney.
    "Where did all the happy endings go? / Where can all the good times be?"
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