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Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. Unbeknownst to Herbie's driver, thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.

Director: Vincent McEveety
Stars: Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico.

Director: Vincent McEveety
Stars: Charles Martin Smith, Stephen W. Burns, Cloris Leachman
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The living Volkswagen Beetle helps an old lady protect her home from a corrupt developer.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefanie Powers
The Love Bug (1968)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson
The Love Bug (TV Movie 1997)
Comedy | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Herbie, the magical Volkswagen Beetle, is passed on to a new owner. Together, they must battle a dastardly racer and his devil-car "Horace", an evil Herbie.

Director: Peyton Reed
Stars: Bruce Campbell, John Hannah, Alexandra Wentworth
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Maggie Peyton, the new owner of Number 53 - the free-wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own - puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor.

Director: Angela Robinson
Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Cheryl Hines
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A lawyer makes an interesting discovery that could affect his chances of getting elected to office.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Tim Conway
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar
Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles
Family | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A teenage boy is cursed with periodically turning into an sheepdog.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a toy for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.

Director: Vincent McEveety
Stars: Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

On the Carolina coast, Godolphin College's new track coach lodges at Blackbeard's Inn, run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers who claim to be descendants of the notorious pirate and who risk losing their hotel to the local mobster.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette
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 Jim Douglas (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Susan MacLane (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Bo Phillips (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Julie MacLane (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Matthew MacLane (5 episodes, 1982)
Douglas Emerson ...
 Robbie MacLane (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Randy Bigelow (4 episodes, 1982)
Bryan Utman ...
 Jason (4 episodes, 1982)
Natalie Core ...
 Mother Bigelow / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
Kipp Lennon ...
 Raymond (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Mrs. Fumstrom / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Wally K. Berns ...
 Bagley (2 episodes, 1982)
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Jim Douglas and his partner Bo ran a small driving school with a very "human" Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie, who could think for "himself" and frequently got Jim into some sticky comic situations. Jim's arch-rival was snooty Randy, who was formerly engaged to Jim's cute girlfriend Susan. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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(5 episodes)

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Herbie The Love Bug was a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle deluxe ragtop sedan painted in Volkswagen L87 pearl white. Under normal circumstances, the interior would be a matching white. However, Herbie's interior was painted a special non-reflective grey color so the camera and studio lights would not reflect. See more »

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Disney are fools.
11 June 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

They actually screened this in Australia prior to the TV Movie coming out, I enjoyed it as a child, can't remember much of it though, and of course its not available anywhere, legitimate copy or not.

The "general knowledge" is that Disney canceled the series after only 6 episodes and refuses to let it out of The Vault because its central theme is a divorced woman with children finding happiness with the (in this version) single Jim Douglas. And Disney will not tolerate the idea of divorce, nor support it in any way; doesn't matter that 1/2 of American marriages fail, divorce is wrong. That's the word on the street anyway, and its at least an explanation, even if it is a downright stupid one.

Also, only Herbie Goes Bananas was truly terrible, Herbie Fully Loaded was pretty good if you ignore the general laziness of the production and stupidity of the main characters. Even the TV movie is saved from the trash heap by virtue of Bruce Campbell and his power of being awesome.


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