Herbie the Love Bug Collection (1969)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Ken Berry
Eric Braeden
Stephen W. Burns
Elyssa Davalos
Bernard Fox
Joaquin Garay III
Buddy Hackett
Helen Hayes
Richard Jaeckal
Dean Jones
Movie Details
Director Robert Stevenson; Vincent McEveety
Producer Ron Miller; Bill Walsh
Writer Arthur Alsberg; Don DaGradi
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating G (General Audience)
Running Time 6 hr 43 mins
Color Color
This savvy Disney hit from 1969 made a star of a Volkswagen precisely when the car was becoming more popular than ever. Dean Jones and Michele Lee head the cast in a story about a VW bug with a mind of its own. Disney point man Robert Stevenson, director of The Absent-Minded Professor, Mary Poppins, and lots of other Disney live-action hits, makes the slapstick work perfectly and keeps the laughs coming. Buddy Hackett is very funny in a supporting role.

The first sequel, Herbie Rides Again (1974), is similar enough to the first film's charm and raucous comedy that it works on its own. Neither Dean Jones nor Michelle Lee are back, but a nice cast of familiar pros (including Disney vet Ken Berry) keeps things moving along slickly. The story finds Herbie helping Helen Hayes--yes, the First Lady of the American Theater--keep out of the clutches of Keenan Wynn's villain.

Dean Jones came back to the fold for this third lap around the block, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), which finds him racing in the famed city while thieves plant a stolen diamond in Herbie's gas tank. The plot is forced and conventional, but the cast is the thing: the excitable Don Knotts (The Apple Dumpling Gang) and the tormentable Roy Kinnear (Mr. Salt from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) are good men to have in a potboiler such as this.

The fourth movie, Herbie Goes Bananas (1980), is a wooden story about Herbie's funny adventures heading toward a race in Brazil. Charles Martin Smith and Steven W. Burns try hard to bring some life into this project, but it just doesn't happen. There is one good laugh in the whole thing, in a scene where Herbie becomes a matador. Otherwise, even the picturesque, south-of-the-border stuff doesn't help. Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman star. --Tom Keogh

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Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Edition The Love Bug/Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo/Herbie Goes Bananas/Herbie Rides Again
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.75:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 786936244014
Release Date 6/1/04
Subtitles Spanish
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1