The Love Bug
Herbie will honk his way into your heart.
Herbie is a car - but no ordinary car. The story follows the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own from the showroom to the race track, with various close escapes in between. Three further Herbie movies were to follow.
A very enjoyable and witty comedy about a down-on-his-luck driver who gets a Volkswagen Bug named Herbie who becomes his new race car as it's the best film of the Herbie series.
A childhood favourite, perfect Saturday afternoon entertainment!
It's not quite my favourite (Monte Carlo gets my vote) but the first is still the best Herbie film. It's got a cracking plot, Dean Jones & Buddy Hackett are a top double act, David Tomlinson is as superb as always as the villain - it just works. Gags are funny, it even gets you sad at one point. Then there's the racing - top stuff. Who can forget the climax with two Herbie halves? One of Disney's best family films - this as a kid, and adult, cemented my love for that little bug. Excellent family film.
A pretty enjoyable 60's family film, that may have the label of being "cute," but is really an all-around fun film. While the special effects are dated, the stunts are impressive for their time and with great comic relief from Buddy Hackett, there isn't one reason why you can't find a little bit of the kid inside of you.
A VW bug with a personality wins races for a down-on-his-luck driver, but he has to be careful not to hurt its feelings. The race scenes are well done and clearly quite complicated (incorporating a mix of real footage, back projection, close ups and so on) but this Disney effort doesn’t have a lot of heart, and the musical score borders on annoying.