On a recent episode of his "Fat Man on Batman" podcast, Kevin Smith made a characteristically foul-mouthed pitch to direct a remake of Disney's "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" remake, arguing that the musical fantasy "can so fucking work today."
Based on the children's books by author Mary Norton, the 1971 original is a musical fantasy starring Angela Lansbury as Miss Eglantine Price, a witch-in-training who takes in three children evacuated from London during World War II. After a number of musical and animated adventures, she and the children eventually use witchcraft to foil invading Nazis.
"That fucking movie has it all, dude," Smith explained to co-host Marc Bernardin, "witches, battling fucking Nazis with fucking ghosts in armor, kids, a cartoon under the sea where they played fucking soccer …"
"Do you have to drop that [scene]?" Bernardin asked.
"No, you can do it even better!" Smith replied. "There's a two-dimensional animal world scene on the Isle of Naboombu, but you could do that as three-dimensional animals."
"'Jungle Book' that shit," suggested Bernardin.
"Literally 'Jungle Book' that shit," "Smith agreed. "Hopefully that's the meeting they're having right now at Disney – and if they're not, this episode better spur it."
Although best known for his adult comedies, from "Clerks" to "Mallrats" to "Chasing Amy," Smith has made forays into more family-friendly entertainment by directing episodes of "The Flash" and "Supergirl," so maybe his hopes for a "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" remake aren't in vain.