Got a whale of a tale to tell you…
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
was written in 1870 by French writer, Jules Verne.
Verne is best known for his adventure books,
Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days.
In 1874, Verne wrote a follow-up book called, The Mysterious Island, but more on this later.
The book was adapted several times over the years, mostly through made for TV movie.
The most famous being the
Walt Disney produced,
live action film,
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was also a 1916 silent film.
When the underwater scenes were filmed it was done in the Bahamas due to the crystal clear waters. Disney went back to the exact spot when filming their under water scenes.
My Dad first introduced me to this film when I was very little. He was raised near the Ocean so he’s a sucker for all things aquatic. My favorite parts of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea are Kirk Douglas singing A Whale of a Tale and of course, the Giant Squid attack.
The Giant Squid attack is consider a fan favorite and rumor has it that we have Walt Disney to thank for the memorable scene. Apparently, they were having technical difficulties with the Giant Squid and Walt Disney suggested the fight be done during a storm to help cover up glitches.
My Dad and I really enjoyed 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea but our personal favorite was the 1961 adaptation, Mysterious Island. It was not quite a direct sequel, since it was not produced by Disney nor had James Mason back to reprise his role as Captain Nemo. However, the look of the Nautilus in Mysterious Island had obviously been heavily inspired by the Nautilus in the Disney version. According to the book, the Nautilus is very plain-looking, while the Disney version was designed by artist Harper Goff to have a half crocodile/half shark appearance.
An interesting bit of trivia I stumbled upon is about the Submarine ride in the Disney Parks. Did you know that both rides are rather different?
In 1955, when Disneyland first opened, a submarine was something mysterious and very high-tech. That’s why the Submarine Voyage was placed in Tomorrowland. Since the film had just come out the year before, props and sets were placed in a nearby attraction.
But they were two separate attractions.
By 1971, Submarines were no longer mysterious, but Walt Disney World still wanted to put the Submarine Ride in the park. So, Imagineers decided to focus more on the film and center the ride on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. That’s why you can find the ride in Fantasyland instead of Tomorrowland.
Isn’t that neat?
Thank you for Reading!