The only "Herbie" movie I really like (by Atreyu_II)
"Herbie Goes Bananas" is way too underrated. Quite honestly, I don't see any reason why so many people dislike it. It's a light-hearted comedy in the old-fashioned Disney style, great fun and cute. It's a harmless movie, without violence or bad stuff. I know I'm in minority, but I consider this a classic.Despite being one of the sequels, this one can be considered a movie apart. It is original and different from the 3 previous movies. It's not a "rip-off", which is a benefit. Plus, unlike the other movies which are dated , this one has that timeless, <more>
nostalgic feeling. The movie is much better than its cheesy title suggests."Herbie Goes Bananas" takes us to exotic locations such as Mexico and Panama, but also to a cruise ship the "Sun Princess" , a bullfight, Inca ruins, Panama's Canal...Soundtrack is nice. "I found a new friend" is a very charming and cheerful song and I also like the instrumental musics.About the characters, I generally like them. My favorite is Paco, along with Herbie. Paco is cute and lovable, but also comical and one of the nicest and smartest movie kids ever. He always keeps his cheery disposition. He is polite, cool, he really likes his car friend Herbie and he always says the car looks good even rusty . He is so much different from the obnoxious Maggie Peyton from "Herbie: Fully Loaded" or even Jim Douglas himself in the beginning of "The Love Bug".Captain Blythe is *very* surly yet hilarious. Imagine having an explosive captain like that aboard a ship...Herbie, the lovable VW Beetle, is a charismatic car in the world of cinema, while the VW Beetle itself is a legend in car industry. I love how he's always there for Paco when he needs help and that Paco does the same for Herbie. I just love their friendship.The bad guys are likable for villains. They always remain calm and delicate without showing signs of aggressiveness.Joaquin Garay III steals the show. His performance as Paco is just so energetic, so lively and terrific. He must have had great fun making this movie. Other talents include Stephen W. Burns, Charles Martin Smith, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, John Vernon, Richard Jaeckel, Alex Rocco and Vito Scotti.It's really cute that Paco calls Herbie "Ocho" "eight" in Spanish because he believes Herbie's 53 number means 5+3 8. The way Paco and Herbie communicate with each other is so cute. Not less cute is to see Paco acting like a taxi driver Herbie is disguised as a taxi later and the painting smiling flowers with the word "taxi" which Paco paints on Herbie. Curiously, Herbie's name is never mentioned in the movie, except one single time by the garage owner.One of the most hilarious parts of the film is Herbie as a matador. The entire sequence is just so funny! Also, the part when Herbie throws bananas to the bad guys is just hilarious! But there are plenty of other moments as funny as these, of course...This should definitely be on Top 250.
Being an avid fan of the Herbie movies since I was a child, and the very proud adult owner of an immaculately restored 1972 Super Beetle, I consider this film to be one of the BEST in the series! Loads of laughs, loads of fun! The cast is top notch. The effects are superbly done. It is absolutely perfect for family viewing. Great for the kids and still a lot of fun for the adults.There is a perfect blend of aspects that will "appeal" to the children while not forgetting about the adults who will no doubt have to watch it along with the kids. The adult humor references will safely <more>
fly right over the heads of the youthful viewers. If you like Herbie, and who doesn't?, this is one you'll want to see if you haven't already!A truly enjoyable film.
'Herbie Goes Bananas' is a severely injusticed and misunderstood light-hearted comedy. The major mistake of this film was coming after the 3 older Herbie's films, which sealed its doom from the very start. Had it been made before them and maybe things would have been different, it probably would have been more successful and appreciated. But then we wouldn't have Joaquin Garay III in it. Back when the 1st Herbie film 'The Love Bug' came out 1968 , Joaquin Garay III was just coming to our world. Without taking off merit to other kids, I don't know if this movie <more>
would have been so good without Joaquin Garay III. He cheers me up so much in this movie.This film is so unique and feels so different from the previous ones that it's more than just another sequel. I think of it almost as one that doesn't belong to the same "family" of movies.This movie is a jewel. I dare to say it's worth "gold". They don't make them like this anymore. Now there are a few minor flaws but otherwise there is lots to like: it's delightful, charming, timeless, entertaining, nostalgic and the way the story is told is funny. There are lots of moments of great fun, but really funny humor classic humor and absolutely no dirty humor.Concerning the soundtrack, the only song I find nothing special is "Look at me". Aside that, I adore the cheer song "I found a new friend" and the cheer music with no singing played at the opening credits and other parts.The locations are a major appeal: beautiful, desirable and exotic destinations like Mexico and Panama, perfect for some unforgettable Summer vacations and even better if it's in a voyage by cruise ship.Harvey Korman portrays the pirate maniac Captain Blythe - crazy but funny at the same time. The actors who play the bad guys are pretty good either. Stephen W. Burns makes a very convincing Pete Stancheck.Joaquin Garay III is excellent in his overactive performance as cute little Paco and his chemistry with Herbie is perfect. There's something special about this unusual friendship between this lovable but mischievous little boy and the world's most charismatic Volkswagen Beetle. The way how Paco and Herbie communicate with each other is funny and reminds me of "Pete's Dragon" because we can't understand the dragon's language but the boy does and continues talking to him normally as if it's no big deal to understand. The same happens to Herbie and Paco.Herbie is called "Ocho" by Paco because he doesn't know the car's real name and misunderstands the meaning of the number 53. Apparently he interprets them as separate numbers, possibly because of that line in the middle of the car's hood, which results in one number at each side. What he does is plain and simple: he adds both numbers et voilà!A very appropriate movie for children, with everything they can wish in a movie and no inappropriate stuff for them. It's a shame that children of this generation do not appreciate this kind of movies so beloved by children of my generation. Despite being very childish, it's also very appropriate for adults, as long they appreciate good old classics and have no qualms with this one in particular.Title in Portugal: 'As Novas Diabruras de Herbie'.