This used to be one of my favourites when I was young - I remember being thrilled up to that cheeky intermission, and then carried along right to the end ... at least, I think I remember that happening...
only I've recently tried to show it to my kid (last year, when at just 4, with no success,) and this week, at 5, with, let's say, limited success. By which I mean I've had to cut it up into chunks because the dear thing just won't stay still for it (depsite being hypnotised by Mary Poppins though, right through.)
Watching it now, it's full of great bits, but 145 minutes?!!? With editing it could have fairly belted along, but with my kid at my side I keep thinking "Oh no, not another SONG. We haven't got time for another SONG!!!".
It's a great cast, beautiful car, and the famously ropey special effects are quite good enough, I think, but the missing ingredient may be pace.
That's the clear advantage of cinema: back then, I had to stay to the end, and over the years I remembered the good bits, making me want to see it again and share it with my offspring...
Has anyone shown it to kids with success? how old were they? Is there a 90 minute cut?
Having said all that, I still love it. Magical.