Wombling Free

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Time Out says

A bit late for TV's Womble-mania gravy train, this feature spin-off does itself no favours by leading its 4ft, fat, and furry heroes into close encounters with a (purportedly) human family to press home the simple ecological message, or by relegating Mike Batt's inventive lyrics and music to backing for a few variable set pieces. There's a certain perverse joy in watching the shaggy creatures in a pastiche of the Hollywood musical, but there's little more than sheer perversity involved in the casting of Bernard Spear as a Japanese car salesman whose genuinely Oriental wife never speaks a word of English. Frances de la Tour is great, and is given great lines, but they belong to a different movie; the rest of her family belong to Disneyland. Lionel Jeffries' previous kids' films promised much, but this unfortunately doesn't begin to deliver. Shame, 'cos Wombles definitely rule Muppets, OK?
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Release details

UK release:

1977

Duration:

96 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Lionel Jeffries

Cast:

John Junkin, Yasuko Nagazumi, Bernard Spear, Bonnie Langford, Frances de la Tour, David Tomlinson, Reg Lye

Music:

Mike Batt

Art Director:

Jack Shampan

Editor:

Peter Tanner

Cinematography:

Alan Hume

Screenwriter:

Lionel Jeffries

Producer:

Ian Shand

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