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Thursday, December 13, 2007

From the Pages of Sketches Magazine: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

On December 13, 1971, Bedknobs and Broomsticks opened in major, first-run theaters throughout the U.S. as the first phase of its release. (The Disney musical-fantasy had been playing at the prestigious Radio City Music Hall as the center of its Christmas Spectacular attraction since November 11). Starting on December 13, the lavish film—Bedknobs was the most highly-budgeted film ever produced by Disney up until that time—was the holiday attraction at Anaheim, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Coral Gables, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Louisville, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Providence, Rochester, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose, and Washington D.C. Then for Easter 1972 the bewitching, bedazzling live-action-animation combo played in neighborhood theatres. To celebrate that magical December when Bedknobs and Broomsticks was brand new, here’s an article I wrote about the making of the film for the Winter 2006 issue of Sketches, the Official Magazine of the Walt Disney Collectors Society. Sketches is only available to Society Members. Go here for more information on joining. And you can get Bedknobs and Broomsticks on DVD here.

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