I LOVE this movie. I guess I had forgotten how much I loved it until a couple of weeks ago. I bought the 40th anniversary DVD probably a year ago, just knowing that it was a movie I wanted my kids to grow up with. Then it went on my shelf. On a nice Sunday afternoon, I wanted to just sit down to a good "Sunday movie" like my parents called them. I pulled it off the shelf and took off all the annoying "new DVD" wrapping, and the magic had begun. As a child, I remember watching this movie on Sunday evenings with my family. I couldn't believe how quickly the words of the songs came back to me. They were all still there right in my head, as if I had watched the movie the day before. I was singing along, happily. Then all the memories flooded back of making homemade popcorn, melting the butter, and pouring it all in our huge green tupperware bowl then sitting on the floor watching the movie. Wondering what a beesting was. I didn't realize it was 2 words at the time. I always thought Liesl was the prettiest one, and couldn't wait until I was 16 going on 17. I adored Gretl, the youngest. And we always laughed at how they fell in the water out of the canoe, but laughed at Fredrick's fall the most. But I think this is my favorite part now, when the children come in the house sopping wet, and while 'captain' is arguing with Maria outside, he tells her to pack her bags, and suddenly hears the children singing the sound of music to the baroness. Then he goes inside and actually joins in the singing with them. And the part where he sings "Edelweiss" with his daughter Liesl brought tears to my eyes. This is a movie I will treasure forever. And my girls are already going around the house singing, Do-re-mi, and lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo. They love the puppet part the most I think!
Thanks, Camille, for teaching me how to post the videos!!