This by repairing his once great air balloon and hopefully getting it relaunched, was really very touching. It's a testament to how much a lost love one means to us before and after they are part of our lives.
Miss Hepburn's role is quite simple and humorous and allows these young male actors to be the main focus of the film. As they should be. She plays junk-dealing hermit Miss Pudd,a woman who has not seen or done much in her long life. Enter the 2 boys wanting to buy parts,only to end up receiving her help.
If one saw this as a kid long ago and was disappointed,I feel they owe it a second look. After seeing it,I now wish I'd seen it then in '78 at age 10. I would have loved it even more. Obvious in studio green screen shots & all! (Although...and I think it's my age talking) the boys'constant repeating of "For Pete's sake!" 10 times,got a bit overdone.)
Otherwise,I'd give it a perfect rating.