The Love Bug

The Love Bug

DVD - 2003
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A race car driver is followed home by a VW bug with a mind of its own.

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Mark_E_Schitts
Dec 20, 2017

Does the following sneering quote of total banality sound familiar? - "To each his own, Everybody is a critic."

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Nursebob
Dec 20, 2017

Likeable Disney fluff about down-on-his-luck race car driver Jim Douglas (studio mainstay Dean Jones) who unwittingly takes possession of a most unusual VW beetle; a car that literally has a mind of its own. Not much to critique here really, a thoroughly G-rated family film with some impressive stunts for the time, a bit of mild menace, and the type of happily ever after ending you can rely on. The background scenes of hippy-era San Francisco are pretty cool too.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 18, 2017

Well - I know one thing for certain - Whatever it was (and it was never explained) that
"possessed" Herbie (the VW Love Bug) - I'd say that this bewitched, little vehicle was clearly of an unsound mind.

Not only did "Herbie" have a peculiar attitude towards being irrationally destructive - But he also threw perplexing temper tantrums and had strong suicidal tendencies, as well.

With disturbing qualities such as these - Had "Herbie" actually been a real person - You can bet that he'd be under the close observation of a very concerned psychiatrist.

I think it's interesting to note that the VW logo was never featured in this live-action cartoon at all. And that's because Disney Productions had not been given the OK from the Volkswagen auto-maker to use their name in any way.

And - As a final note - This "Disney-cute" Comedy/Romance (from 1968) was completed on a $5 million budget. It went on to gross 10x that amount at the box-office.

Great kid movie. Has a lot of car racing. I enjoyed it.

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