YMMV / Bedknobs and Broomsticks

  • Adaptation Displacement: Very few people nowadays know there was a book.
  • Awesome Music/Ear Worm: "Portobello Road" for most people, but "Substitutiary Locomotion" and "The Beautiful Briny Sea" have their share of fans.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The Royal Cup Match on Naboombu. Seemed to only exist to give the animation department something to do and make Emelius Brown a Butt-Monkey.
    • The Portobello road sequence drags on quite a while and seems to have no greater link to the story than to display different cultures dancing. By the end of it, you might have forgotten why the heroes even stopped in. This is made worse by the expanded edition of the film, which drags the song sequence out to a full ten minutes in length.
    • Emelius's hazy vision of Miss Price on the railroad tracks, clad as the magician's assistant he envisioned her to be, comes out of nowhere (although a good case could be made it was a spell, whether conscious or subconscious, which she cast to summon him when she ended up in distress and couldn't call for help on the phone) and after it lets him escape the Nazis and make it back to the cottage it is never mentioned again.
  • Broken Base: Between people who prefer the 117 minute "general release version" and the 139 minute "25th Anniversary reconstructed version". People who prefer the longer cut argue that it was closer to the version that the film makers originally intended the movie to be before they were forced to cut it down, while people who prefer the shorter cut argue that it removes unnecessary scenes and makes the film's narrative work better. Frustratingly, while Disney currently sells both cuts on DVD, they don't sell a set that contains both of them, leaving people to choose whether to buy a DVD of the 25th Anniversary Editionnote  by itself, or the theatrical cut in a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In Australia, the film is loved and admired so much that it is considered to be equal to or even better than the film that frequently overshadows it elsewhere.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation: "Stop! That! Ball!!!!!!!!"
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Browne sleeping on a bench waiting for his train when he wakes up to an echo-y singing, and sees a ghosty lingerie-clad Eglantine walking on the railroad tracks before she disappears.
    • The simple fact that a Nazi occupation of Britain makes up much of the second half of the movie. Part of Eglantine's house is even destroyed by a grenade in the battle scene. These scenes can be nightmarish, even as Disneyfied as it was depicted.
  • Padding/Shoot the Money: The extended cut of "Portobello Road" is a serious endurance test, regardless of how talented the performers are.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "The Age of Not Believing"
    • It's brief, but there's something strangely sad about watching the armor deflate and become lifeless again once Miss Price's house is blown up. After all the awesomeness of watching the armor rise and march forward, England's very history coming alive to protect it in a dark time, now once again piles of metal and cloth. If you watch, a few of the knights actually "die" so they're lying on their backs solemnly clutching their weapons to the chest, as if they were about to be buried.
    • Emelius Browne's goodbye, followed by "Nobody's Problem".