By Joules Dellinger
As a child of the ‘70s (technically… I mean I was born in 1977), I have a special space in my heart for the movie musicals of that decade. As we are revisiting another decade of film every month on DVD Netflix, I thought it would be fun to revisit my favorite movie musicals from the 1970s!
Synopsis: During World War II, eccentric, self-styled witch Eglantine aims to use her newfound powers to ward off a Nazi incursion of England, taking the three children she's protecting with her on a magical bed to a fantastical, animated island.
My thoughts: I love how this film combines live action and animation with stars Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson. This is one of my absolute favorite Lansbury movies of all time and I actually just had to add it to my queue so I can enjoy it all over again!
I have two favorite songs from this movie. First up is Portbello Road:
And the second song that give me goosebumps every time I see it is the entire Substitutiary Locomotion scene:
Synopsis: Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka ignites a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his top-secret confectionary.
My favorite song is the Oompa Loompa song:
Synopsis: This notorious horror parody and cult hit – a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock 'n' roll, among other things – tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad and Janet after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
My thoughts: The first time I ever saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show was in the mid 1990s at a local small movie theater. People were all dressed up and they were performing it in front of the movie and I had NEVER seen anything like that before… and loved it!
My favorite song… Sweet Transvestite of course!
Synopsis: Motown's Oscar-nominated take on L. Frank Baum's ageless tale stars Diana Ross as Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy, who exits a family gathering to search for her lost pooch, Toto, gets caught in a blizzard, and is transported to the magical land of Oz.
My Thoughts: My high school theater department performed The Wiz when I was a senior and I played the part of Auntie Em. I had my own song and everything. Because of that, this movie has a special place in my heart!
My favorite song: OOOH, I have so many favorites that are intertwined with my high school memories. I narrowed it down to the following three.
Slide Some Oil to Me:
Ease on Down the Road:
No Bad News:
Synopsis: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John star in this hit musical comedy that chronicles the romantic entanglements of a group of high school seniors, starting with a summer fling between greaser Danny and good girl Sandy.
My Thoughts: As a kid who ran around singing show tunes, the Grease soundtrack was on constant rotation. While most girls wanted to be Sandy, I was a Rizzo girl. I mean, she had the best song…
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Joules Dellinger has been blogging since 2011 at Pocketful of Joules on everything from fashion, travel, parenting, thrifting and lots of lots of silliness.
She likes movies where the women kick butt and the men are goofy (and shirtless). She doesn’t care which Kardashian is pregnant and thinks Beyoncé is overrated. Follow her on Twitter at @JoulesDellinger or on Instagram at @PocketfulofJoules.