Original Australian Daybill movie poster. 1978 Re-Issue.Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 British-American musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based upon the books The Magic Bed-Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons (1943) and Bonfires and Broomsticks (1945) by English children's author Mary Norton. The film, which combines live action and animation, stars Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson. The film is frequently compared with Mary Poppins (1964), since it combines live action and animation and is partially set in the streets of London. This was the last film released prior to the death of Walt Disney's surviving brother, Roy O. Disney, who died one week later.