Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

It’s amazing how the smallest things sometimes trigger memories from the past, flash moments from days gone by and takes you back in time. Something similar happened the other day as I sat down in front of the TV and while surfing channels, suddenly a movie being aired in one one of the movie channels caught my attention.

As the title suggests, the name of the film playing on was called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 musical adventure fantasy film, directed by Ken Hughes with a screenplay co-written by Roald Dahl and Hughes, loosely based on Ian Fleming‘s novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang- Helpmann, and Gert FrΓΆbe.

Poster of the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The film released many years before I was born. And I was introduced to this musical family with a magic car by my grand father. It was probably the first film I had seen or maybe the first one I remember watching and loving. If you ask me today how much of it I understood as a toddler, then I would perhaps say…. not much..but I do vaguely remember being amused by this family singing, dancing and flying off in a custom made, very cool car. But what remains etched in my mind till this day..is the image of me and my grandpa enjoying the film together. And the camaraderie I shared with him even as a toddler.

I sat there watching the film…trying to recall the storyline…didn’t remember much… instead was taken back in time…to the time I spent with my grand father and the many memories I had with him over the years…how he would smoke his much beloved cig and explain the workings of the world and I would just sit there, listening intently, soaking it all up and truly enjoying his words of wisdom and loving him for being the most doting grandpa one can have…it was truly a walk down memory lane..And the movie was just as enjoyable this time as well..😊😊

33 thoughts on “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

      1. Ah…mine are slightly different, my friend. Predator, Godfather, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (yes, I cried for Ash and Salman), Jumanji, the old one, Jurrasic Park, Titanic…and many more. I had a collection of a 1000 movies until recently. But these were the ones that made me love movies.

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  1. My grandfather was always in the puja room, and a terror whenever he was out of the puja room. Lucky you…
    We recently watched two 60s musicals – the sound of music and Mary Poppins and loved them both, was hunting for something to watch, this gives a goal, thank you πŸ™‚πŸ‘

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    1. Oh yes…I have seen sound of music…credit to my mother for that one…I haven’t seen the original Mary Poppins…will add it to my watch list as well… mutually beneficial, aren’t we? πŸ˜›πŸ˜€

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      1. Oh absolutely πŸ™‚ I didn’t find Chitty Chitty in any of my subscriptions or YouTube, still searching. In the meanwhile watching “the gods must be crazy” 😁

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    1. You are absolutely right…we have a lot of memories, emotions attached to some movies and music…and no matter, after how many days/years later we come across them again….they make us nostalgic ☺️☺️

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  2. This was one of the few films our family had when I was little and I saw an amazing musical adaptation in London (I cannot remember which theatre) when I was about 10 years-old πŸ™‚ Good films have good memories attached to them

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  3. Beautiful memory! Sounds like you had the perfect grandpa!! ❀
    Interesting how films, music, and smells do this. For me, its certain songs…my dad and his family musicians. Give me the sound of a fiddle or old time accordion any day!!πŸ¦‹πŸ•Š

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  4. I thought you might like to know I’ve just reviewed a new book version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for
    the on-line children’s books review blog ARMADILLO. It will go out in their books for Christmas edition.
    I loved the original film and I love this new book version. Lovely to hear about your Grandad.
    Gwen.

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