Aladdin Bedknobs and Broomsticks lunchbox
The Aladdin Bedknobs and Broomsticks lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the 1971 live-action Walt Disney film of the same name.
‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ is a live-action fantasy film starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson, about a trio of children and their adventures with a trainee witch during World War II. They travel on a magical flying bed in search of spells that can help defeat the German army, with their journey taking them from London’s Portobello Road market to the fictional island of Naboombu populated with animated talking animals.
Released in 1971, the film used a blend of live-action, special effects and animation and won the Academy Award for best visual effects.
As with most Disney films, its release was also accompanied by a large range of merchandise including toys, colouring books, jigsaw puzzles, View Master reels, children’s books and a lunchbox produced by Aladdin Industries in 1972.
The Aladdin Bedknobs and Broomsticks lunchbox
The box has a light blue handle and borders, with illustrated graphics on the panels of each side. The covers depicts Eglantine Price and the children Charlie, Carrie and Paul Rawlins on the bed as it travels underwater to the animated island of Naboombu.
The back of the box depicts the royal Naboombu football match between animals including a hyena, an alligator, a rhino, a kangaroo, an elephant and a hippo.
The side panels show the children and Miss Price flying through the air on the magical bed, several of the fish from the Naboombu lagoon, Paul leading an army of reanimated suits of armour against the Germans whilst riding a broomstick, and Miss Price and Emelius Browne dancing whilst watched by a talking bear and the lion King of Naboombu.
The matching thermos flask features the same graphics as the front of the box, and has a matching light blue top.
How much is an Aladdin Bedknobs and Broomsticks lunchbox worth?
As with all Disney collectibles the box is popular with many collectors, but as it is relatively common only boxes in top condition are sought after.
In used, near-mint condition examples with their flasks intact can sell for $50 - $75 on auction sites such as eBay. Boxes with visible wear and tear can reach $20 - $30, with individual boxes in average condition often sold for $10 - $15.