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Imaginary Worlds: The Island of Naboombu from Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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This weeks theme also reminded me of one of my favorite films of all time: Bedknobs and Broomsticks. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, here are the basics: Set in England in World War II, three children (Charlie, Carrie, and Paul) are moved from London to a small village. There, they are placed with Miss Price, played by Angela Lansbury. The children soon find out that Miss Price is an apprentice witch. Miss Price casts a spell on a bedknob that allows her, the children, and Miss Price’s “professor” in witchcraft, Emelius Browne, to travel to the far away animated Island of Naboombu to retrieve a spell that will ultimately save England. Essentially, Miss Price animates a bunch of armor and other military uniforms to combat invading Nazi’s, and rides a broom while leading the army. In short, Miss Price is the best.

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The island of Naboombu is inhabited by animals, who have been granted the power of speech and consciousness (as humanity knows it) by a wizard named Astaroth. Eventually, the animals rebelled and killed the wizard. The spell the group of humans need is on a medallion named the Star of Astaroth, which the King of Naboombu wears around his neck. After traveling underwater (and winning a dance contest with the fish) Miss Price and the gang head to the mainland. It turns out the the animals love football (soccer). I don’t want to give too much away from the rest of the plot, but the animated football match is one of the most distinct memories from my childhood.

I was always more of reader as a kid, but some films just stick with you. What films from your childhood that had imaginary worlds are some of your favorites?

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