Innovation and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

by Braden Kelley

Innovation and Chitty Chitty Bang BangNow that my local Blockbuster has gone out of business, I’ve made the jump and joined Netflix (although I will miss taking trips to Blockbuster with my daughter).

The first disc in my queue to arrive was the venerable, enjoyable Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

I was very excited to share this musical celebration of innovation with my daughter last night.

The story of course puts innovation (and learning from failure) front and center, and is a lot of fun at the same time.

The star object is of course the car, but the best supporting object as it were, is a sweet with holes in it.

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About Braden Kelley

Braden Kelley is a Design Thinking, Innovation and Transformation consultant, a popular innovation speaker, workshop leader, and creator of The Change Planning Toolkit™. He is the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons and Charting Change from Palgrave Macmillan. Braden has been advising companies since 1996, while living and working in England, Germany, and the United States. Braden is a US Navy veteran and earned his MBA from top-rated London Business School. Follow him on Twitter and Linkedin.
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4 Responses to Innovation and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  1. Brad Barbera says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Braden! I will actually be returning the “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” DVD to my local library today, having watched it twice with my daughter. I was trying to memorize the lyrics to “The Roses of Success,” but my daughter wanted to get on with the movie rather than watch that scene over and over. It’s a great song, and comically inspiring to innovators.

  2. admin says:

    Glad you enjoyed it. It should be required viewing for all innovators. 😉

    In fact maybe I’ll start using it in some of my workshops or speeches. 🙂

    All the best,


  3. So glad to find this article. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was and remains my favorite childhood film. Did your daughter enjoy the film as much as you hoped she would? Ian Fleming’s estate recently authorized 3 more sequels to CCBB. I feel ambivalent about this. On the one hand I look forward to more adventures with Chitty and the Potts family plus I like the idea of a younger generation rediscovering this “fine four fendered friend” as well. But I also dread some hacks in Hollywood massacring a childhood cinematic relic.

    And yes ‘The Roses of Success’ is a wonderfully inspiring song even for grown ups.

  4. admin says:

    I’ve heard the book is quite good (more detail), though I haven’t checked it out yet from the library.

    My daughter enjoyed the film as much as I thought she would. She loves all of the kid-friendly musicals. 🙂

    It will be interesting to see what happens with the new books, starting with:

    In the meantime, keep growing those roses!


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