Oscar-Nominated Top Ten: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (#8)

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@FourWalls (51013)
United States
January 24, 2023 10:45am CST
I know what you’re thinking. “Hey, Hillbilly, where are the Disney films?” Yes, Disney films garnered a lot of Oscar nominations, including for the music. Fear not: although it wasn’t intentional, the next four songs are from Disney movies. So let’s go fly a kite….er, ah, a car! #8: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Dick Van Dyke If you really want to hear an amazing version of this, check out the a cappella rendition Dick Van Dyke recorded (when he was about 80 or so) with the Vantastix!! As it is, the movie version, with Van Dyke and the kids, is good enough. It was nominated for the 1968 award, losing to “The Windmills of Your Mind” from The Thomas Crown Affair. I never saw that one, but I did see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. it’s typical Disney fun from that era. Nothing to write home about, but the song is such a happy memory for me. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Written by Robert and Roger Sherman Recorded by Dick Van Dyke and cast From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1968 The envy of all we survey:
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@CarolDM (201911)
• United States
24 Jan
My cousin has this movie and I watched it again last year. Too cool.
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
24 Jan
Silly movie, silly song, but it makes me a child again!!
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@CarolDM (201911)
• United States
24 Jan
@FourWalls Silly is a good word. And is often a good feeling in this thing called life.
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@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Jan
What a great happy song this is.
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
25 Jan
I love the a cappella version even more than the movie!
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@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jan
@FourWalls That is a great version. Love the bass guy bopping away.
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@BarBaraPrz (40252)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Jan
Who stole my comment? Windmills was definitely the better song. And I did check out the Vantastix version... that was interesting. Whoever is erasing my words, STOP IT!
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@RasmaSandra (61547)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Jan
Among my favorites even now love to find the movie online and sing along with the songs,
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
25 Jan
Disney movies were so good for that back then. I remember wondering where the music was in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.
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@DianneN (246164)
• United States
25 Jan
Great movie! I’m humming the song right now
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
25 Jan
Hope you hum today’s song as well.
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
25 Jan
@DianneN — well, sing the lyrics of one to the melody of the other.
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@DianneN (246164)
• United States
25 Jan
@FourWalls Sigh…. It will be difficult to hum two songs at once
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@NJChicaa (110944)
• United States
24 Jan
Slope
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
24 Jan
Yeah, don’t see you standing in line to see this one.
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@DWDavis (21244)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
25 Jan
I remember watching the movie as a kid and not understanding anything that was going on but loving the song.
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
25 Jan
Exactly!! That’s part of the joy of those movies when we were kids!
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@LadyDuck (426959)
• Switzerland
25 Jan
This was a funny movie, I remember some hilarious scenes.
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
25 Jan
@LadyDuck — aw, bummer.
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@LadyDuck (426959)
• Switzerland
25 Jan
@FourWalls Not many TV shows reached Europe in the old days.
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@LindaOHio (115152)
• United States
25 Jan
Not one of my favorites. Keep 'em comin'.
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
25 Jan
Can’t please everyone so you’ve got to please yourself. I get to dig a little deeper in March because I’m not using the caveat of an Oscar nomination for the songs.
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@YrNemo (20201)
25 Jan
My kids loved that movie (and that song!).
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
25 Jan
It’s for the kid at heart!
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@FourWalls (51013)
• United States
25 Jan
@YrNemo — actually, one of my favorite Disney films was Escape to Witch Mountain, which involved two kids and an older man (played by Eddie Albert) helping them.
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@YrNemo (20201)
25 Jan
@FourWalls There were some other movies with similar two kids, weren't they? I remember downloading them for the kids to watch. One of their favorites was two similar kids with an older uncle or grandpa. (I often just sat there doing other works while the kids watched their movies, and ready to explain anything which seemed to be odd to them.)
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