20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Disney's 1954 cinematic retelling of Jules Verne’s low-seas fantasy epic, starring Kirk Douglas as a cocky whale harpooner and James Mason as the submarine dwelling Captain Nemo. Winner of Best Special Effects and Art Direction (Set Design) at the 1955 Academy Awards.

In 1868, the ocean has become a graveyard to many a missing sea vessel with sailors claiming to have witnessed a monstrous acquatic creature sinking their ships. Captured by the surreal tales, an expedition crew journey to the deep to unravel the mystery.

Best Special Effects and Art Direction (Set) 1955 Academy Awards
1954Rating: G127 minsUSA
AdventureKids & FamilyFantasyScience Fiction

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Variety

Variety

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A very special kind of picture, combining photographic ingenuity, imaginative story telling and fiscal daring.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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As fabulous and fantastic as anything he has ever done in cartoons is Walt Disney's 'live action' movie made from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The talky 20,000 Leagues probably won't thrill kids fresh from The Matrix, but they may be interested to know that the Verne film was the effects marvel of its day.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Fleischer, however, does marvellously by the magical set-pieces: a Bach-scored undersea funeral, a skirmish with cannibal islanders, a battle with an impressive giant squid and a moving dying fall as the sub goes down with all hands.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A very special kind of picture, combining photographic ingenuity, imaginative story telling and fiscal daring.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As fabulous and fantastic as anything he has ever done in cartoons is Walt Disney's 'live action' movie made from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The talky 20,000 Leagues probably won't thrill kids fresh from The Matrix, but they may be interested to know that the Verne film was the effects marvel of its day.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Fleischer, however, does marvellously by the magical set-pieces: a Bach-scored undersea funeral, a skirmish with cannibal islanders, a battle with an impressive giant squid and a moving dying fall as the sub goes down with all hands.

4.0

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