Box art for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available


A weird inventor, Caractarus Potts, invents an amazing flying car, which drives by itself.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    65%
  • Audience Score
    71%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

A fantastical car story custom made for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that while there are scenes in this film in which the Potts family members and others are in jeopardy, they are fantasy sequences filled with comic pratfalls, exaggerated action (Grandpa, in his outhouse-like hideaway carried away by a zeppelin; a baroness shot into the sky and retrieved by canon shots letting the air out of her billowing skirt), and arch clown-like villains with twirling mustaches, and one even wielding a hook. Only the very youngest or most apprehensive children may find the images scary; other kids will understand the intent and likely find it funny. There is an entire kingdom made up of buffoonish Germanic stereotypes who are more bumbling than menacing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about which part of the story "really happened" and which was make believe.
  • What would you do with a car like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? What kinds of things would you like to invent?
  • For older kids: Why were the people of Vulgaria depicted as fools? How do real-life political events affect movies? Can you imagine looking back at today's movies and recognizing how politics influenced them?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: I'm old enough to have seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang during its original theatrical run, and I've just about recovered.

- Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Time has not enhanced its doubtful charms.

- Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A family fun fest!!!

- jmanard52, Sunday, June 29, 2008

2 stars

This is possibly the worst kids movie of the 60s. The story is stupid, there's only one good actor, and it's just too predictably stupid I couldn't stand it.

- ajv2688, Saturday, December 11, 2010

3 stars

classic family tale full of catchy music and adventure.

- sanjurosamurai, Wednesday, October 14, 2009