Before ''Knight Rider'''s KITT spoke, before Christine killed, even
before James Bond's sleek, Swiss Army Lotus Esprit surfaced in
''The Spy Who Loved Me,'' Ian Fleming dreamed up a floating, flying,
truly ''fantasmagorical motorcar.'' Sugar-spun from Fleming's 1964
children's novel, ''Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'' follows the adventures
of a bumbling inventor (Dick Van Dyke) and his jazzed-up jalopy. But
there's more here than gears-and-gadget love. At the heart of the
broad, slightly oversung musical is the tale of a
nuclear-family-in-the-making struggling against the worst
intentions of some very effeminate pirates and the single
scariest child abductor ever.
EXTRAS Puzzles and sing-along features for the kiddies, and for the adults, two lengthy Van Dyke interviews, one old, one new. Watch him transform from confident, disarmingly forthright movie star in his heyday to sappy, white-haired oldster.