Rewatched Jun 14, 2012
Lynsey Davidson’s review:
God knows why I own this on DVD as it always ends up on TV at some point or another.
This is a good family film and probably better suited for younger children. I actually found myself to be more creeped out this time I watched it and I noticed things that I probably wouldn't have done when I was a kid. For example, the child catcher is quite clearly a paedophile or at least having some sort of affair with the Baroness. And the Baron is obviously deranged as he gets TOYS for his birthday and keeps trying to kill his wife. Then there is the obvious stereotype of Europeans, particularly Germans who are portrayed as obnoxious and ugly thieves whom are eventually defeated by an army of children. How on earth this film got was accepted at the time I do not know.
And as for the two kids, Jeremy and Jemima, they have to be the most irritating children on this planet. They happen to say the same things at the same time and they are quite obviously in competition with one another at who can screech the loudest. And they blatantly have nits.
Worth a watch and is full of fun filled action and catchy songs, 'Doll On a Music Box' being a favourite but not worth watching past the age of fifteen.