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The Water Babies [1978] (1 disc)

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Director:Lionel Jeffries
Writer:Michael Robson
Composer:Phil Coulter
Songs:Bill Martin
Length:105 minutes
(1 hour 45 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Classifications:
  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Cartoon
  • Action
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Synopsis: This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel.


Reaction: Imaginative and great for kids. A few issues with storytelling and pacing, but otherwise a fine movie.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Lionel Jeffries => Director
Michael Robson => Writer
Phil Coulter => Composer
Bill Martin => Songs
Charles Kingsley => Book
Bernard Cribbins => Voice of Eel / Mr. Masterman
Billie Whitelaw => Woman in Black / Mrs. Tripp / Old Crone / Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby / Water Babies 'Gate Keeper'
David Jason => Cyril the Walrus (voice)
David Tomlinson => Voice of Polar Bear / Sir John
James Mason => Voice of Killer Shark / Mr. Grimes
Joan Greenwood => Lady Harriet
Jon Pertwee => Salmon / Jock the Lobster / Kraken (voice)
Lance Percival => Terence the Sea Horse (voice)
Paul Luty => Sladd / Voice of Claude the Swordfish
Samantha Gates => Voice of Ariadne the Water Baby / Elly
Tommy Pender => Tom
Una Stubbs => Misc. (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Many of the filming locations were places where James Mason had played as a child.
  • One of a small batch of live-action animated movies made and released during the mid late 1970s, others being Pete's Dragon (1977) and Dot and the Kangaroo (1977).
  • Though many of the source children's' novel's story elements were incorporated into this feature film version, the picture somewhat deviated from the original book by adding the sub-plot with the shark and kraken.
  • Charles Kingsley wrote "The Water Babies" book for his son, it being a children's fairytale novel, in the vein of Charles Dickens and a part satire supporting [?] Charles Darwin's "The Origin of the Species".