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Wombling Free (1978)

The adventures of The Wombles, strange creatures who live on Wimbledon Common and pick up the litter left by the humans. There's always time for a nice song and dance as well. This was a ... See full summary »

Director:

Lionel Jeffries

Writers:

Elisabeth Beresford (characters), Lionel Jeffries
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Tomlinson ... Roland Frogmorton
Frances de la Tour ... Julia Frogmorton
Bonnie Langford ... Kim Frogmorton
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ... Arnold Takahashi
Yasuko Nagazumi Yasuko Nagazumi ... Doris Takahashi
John Junkin ... County Surveyor
Reg Lye ... Assistant Surveyor
Kenny Baker ... Bungo
Eileen Baker Eileen Baker ... Tobermory
Sadie Corre Sadie Corre ... Mme. Cholet
Tony Friel Tony Friel ... Womble
Brian Jones Brian Jones ... Wellington
John Lummiss John Lummiss ... MacWomble
Jack Purvis ... Great Uncle Bulgaria
Albert Wilkinson Albert Wilkinson ... Tomsk
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The adventures of The Wombles, strange creatures who live on Wimbledon Common and pick up the litter left by the humans. There's always time for a nice song and dance as well. This was a film version of the popular childrens TV show. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1978 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wombles Movie See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

It was broadcast on ITV in the UK in the mid eighties in a version which deleted the Madam Cholet song, although it was quite impossible to tell it was missing as it has no bearing on events in the film. See more »

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References Brigadoon (1954) See more »

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Madame Cholet
(uncredited)
Written and performed by Mike Batt
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They're Short Fat & Furry, Nuff Said
6 June 2000 | by Sic CoyoteSee all my reviews

It's the wombles, IN LIVE ACTION! What more can you say other than cool. I must have watched this movie a thousand times as a child and it's still fun to watch today. It ranks up as one of the best musicals I know even if the songs are mostly unrelating to the plot who cares. All the wombles from the original show are here; Bungo, Tomsk, Wellington, Tobermory, Great Uncle Bulgaria, Madam Cholet and last but not least Orinoko. The plot is rather split up into a few subplots. The burrow is under threat of being flattened to make way for a bypass. Their food supply is dwindling due to pollution. MacWomble the Terrible comes to visit and gets his car nicked by a greedy "Japanese" businessman, and they have to deal with all of this while going around cleaning up the country and getting people to listen to their message. It's full of overtones about environmental awareness but that's their whole point in life. The songs are fun, the plot is good for kids the way that it is easily digested in portions and is a classic kids tv to movie piece. Recommended to anyone who likes wombles and it's a safe as you can get for childrens viewing while still keeping some intelligence. Very good.


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