History Film / FantasticVoyage

13th Oct '16 6:34:52 PM SteveMB
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* AdaptationExpansion: The novel, big time. Besides correcting countless scientific errors, Asimov added several elements to the book that were absent in the movie. Here, Grant is a bit of a detective, essentially figuring out who TheMole is before he reveals himself. [[spoiler: Michaels]] is less of a traitor, and more of an obsessed pacifist -- he believes (not entirely unreasonably) that both sides are currently in balance with regard to miniaturization (*cough* mutually assured destruction *cough*), and ''either'' side having the advantage of unlimited shrinking could pressure the other side into shooting first before the new development can be used against them. Asimov also added some scenes between Grant and Benes, as well as a minor subplot about infighting between the military and scientific factions within the CMDF.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The novel, big time. Besides correcting countless scientific errors, Asimov added several elements to the book that were absent in the movie. Here, Grant is a bit of a detective, essentially figuring out who TheMole is before he reveals himself.himself, via clues [[FairPlayWhodunit available to an attentive reader]]. [[spoiler: Michaels]] is less of a traitor, and more of an obsessed pacifist -- he believes (not entirely unreasonably) that both sides are currently in balance with regard to miniaturization (*cough* mutually assured destruction *cough*), and ''either'' side having the advantage of unlimited shrinking could pressure the other side into shooting first before the new development can be used against them. Asimov also added some scenes between Grant and Benes, as well as a minor subplot about infighting between the military and scientific factions within the CMDF.
21st Jul '16 9:31:54 PM PaulA
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* SquareCubeLaw: Why IsaacAsimov was initially reluctant to write the novelisation - he thought that being miniaturised was impossible because of this. Nevertheless, he decided it would make for some good writing and came up with a novelisation that is almost [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness as hard as science fiction can be]], ignoring the physical impossibility of miniaturisation.

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* SquareCubeLaw: Why IsaacAsimov Isaac Asimov was initially reluctant to write the novelisation - -- he thought that being miniaturised was impossible because of this. Nevertheless, he decided it would make for some good writing and came up with a novelisation that is almost [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness as hard as science fiction can be]], ignoring the physical impossibility of miniaturisation.
21st Jan '16 11:49:59 PM spirasen
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1966 Science Fiction Film (starring Creator/RaquelWelch and Creator/DonaldPleasence) about a shrinking machine used to send a minisubmarine and its crew inside the body of a defecting scientist. During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, both the United States and "[[HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection The Other Side]]" have discovered the shrinking technology, with a time limit that turned it into a curiosity. But the scientist Jan Benes had discovered how to overcome the limit, and enemy agents will stop at nothing to prevent the secret from escaping from behind the Iron Curtain. Benes, wounded in an attack, is comatose and dying from a externally inoperable bloodclot, so the U.S. miniaturization taskforce organizes an expedition to be shrunken to remove the clot from the inside, operating on it at the cellular level.

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1966 Science Fiction Film (starring Creator/RaquelWelch Raquel Welch and Creator/DonaldPleasence) about a shrinking machine used to send a minisubmarine mini submarine and its crew inside the body of a defecting scientist. During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, both the United States and "[[HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection The Other Side]]" have discovered the shrinking technology, with a time limit that turned it into a curiosity. But the scientist Jan Benes had discovered how to overcome the limit, and enemy agents will stop at nothing to prevent the secret from escaping from behind the Iron Curtain. Benes, wounded in an attack, is comatose and dying from a externally inoperable bloodclot, so the U.S. miniaturization taskforce organizes an expedition to be shrunken to remove the clot from the inside, operating on it at the cellular level.
28th Dec '15 8:26:52 AM Pren
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* AmbiguousSituation: As the novelization explicitly states, it's unclear how many of the problems the team encountered were sabotage or genuine accidents.
29th Oct '15 12:15:05 PM nightkiller
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** There is actually an anecdote that he told the film's producers just how scientifically inaccurate it was, to which he was told [[MST3KMantra that it was just a movie]] and to just get on and write the book (though in some accounts, he was told rather less politely than recorded here).

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** There is actually an anecdote that he Asimov told the film's producers just how scientifically inaccurate it was, to which he was told [[MST3KMantra that it was just a movie]] and to just get on and write the book (though in some accounts, he was told rather less politely than recorded here).
21st Oct '15 10:39:10 AM rjd1922
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A number of elements that should be problematic are ignored [[spoiler:The wreckage of the ''Proteus'', and Dr. Michaels' body, after being eaten by the white blood cell -- somehow that keeps them from re-enlarging once time runs out. This is one of the most memorable plot holes of the film, and Asimov made sure to close it in his novelization.]] ''Massively'' averted by the novelization, which accurately depicts, as well as we know, what it would be like if humans could in fact be miniaturized to this degree. Even Brownian Motion (random molecular motion of a fluid or gas) is noticed and commented on. Most of the flaws of the movie are explained or elaborated on so as to be acceptable to reality, making the book as much a corrective Retcon as a novelization.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A number of elements that should be problematic are ignored [[spoiler:The ignored: [[spoiler:the wreckage of the ''Proteus'', and Dr. Michaels' body, after being eaten by the white blood cell -- somehow that keeps them from re-enlarging once time runs out. This is one of the most memorable plot holes of the film, and Asimov made sure to close it in his novelization.]] ''Massively'' averted by the novelization, which accurately depicts, as well as we know, what it would be like if humans could in fact be miniaturized to this degree. Even Brownian Motion (random molecular motion of a fluid or gas) is noticed and commented on. Most of the flaws of the movie are explained or elaborated on so as to be acceptable to reality, making the book as much a corrective Retcon as a novelization.
17th Jan '15 10:27:15 AM erforce
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1966 Science Fiction Film (starring RaquelWelch and DonaldPleasence) about a shrinking machine used to send a minisubmarine and its crew inside the body of a defecting scientist. During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, both the United States and "[[HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection The Other Side]]" have discovered the shrinking technology, with a time limit that turned it into a curiosity. But the scientist Jan Benes had discovered how to overcome the limit, and enemy agents will stop at nothing to prevent the secret from escaping from behind the Iron Curtain. Benes, wounded in an attack, is comatose and dying from a externally inoperable bloodclot, so the U.S. miniaturization taskforce organizes an expedition to be shrunken to remove the clot from the inside, operating on it at the cellular level.

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1966 Science Fiction Film (starring RaquelWelch Creator/RaquelWelch and DonaldPleasence) Creator/DonaldPleasence) about a shrinking machine used to send a minisubmarine and its crew inside the body of a defecting scientist. During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, both the United States and "[[HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection The Other Side]]" have discovered the shrinking technology, with a time limit that turned it into a curiosity. But the scientist Jan Benes had discovered how to overcome the limit, and enemy agents will stop at nothing to prevent the secret from escaping from behind the Iron Curtain. Benes, wounded in an attack, is comatose and dying from a externally inoperable bloodclot, so the U.S. miniaturization taskforce organizes an expedition to be shrunken to remove the clot from the inside, operating on it at the cellular level.



* TenLittleMurderVictims: Who's the enemy agent on the crew that's responsible for the series of disasters threatening the mission? [[spoiler:Why, it's Dr. Michaels, the sweaty scientist played by Donald Pleasence!]]

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* TenLittleMurderVictims: Who's the enemy agent on the crew that's responsible for the series of disasters threatening the mission? [[spoiler:Why, it's Dr. Michaels, the sweaty scientist played by Donald Pleasence!]]Creator/DonaldPleasence!]]
23rd Nov '14 2:01:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler: BaldOfEvil: Michaels]]

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* [[spoiler: BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler: Michaels]]
23rd Nov '14 2:00:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Donald Pleasance [[spoiler: really was screaming as he was devoured by the white cell, the goo that they poured over his face stung his eyes painfully.]]



* NovelizationFirst: Creator/IsaacAsimov was hired to write the novelization of the film; notoriously, the book came out early enough that the movie was frequently mistaken as an adaptation. Asimov also corrected several plot holes that remained in the film, and expanded some story elements, making it look even more like the book came first.



* ScienceMarchesOn: While accurate on a basic level, our knowledge of the immune system has improved beyond strangler antibodies and all devouring white cells.
31st Oct '14 12:50:19 PM LongLiveHumour
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1966 Science Fiction Film (starring RaquelWelch and DonaldPleasence) about a shrinking machine used to send a minisubmarine and its crew inside the body of a defecting scientist. During the ColdWar, both the United States and "[[HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection The Other Side]]" have discovered the shrinking technology, with a time limit that turned it into a curiosity. But the scientist Jan Benes had discovered how to overcome the limit, and enemy agents will stop at nothing to prevent the secret from escaping from behind the Iron Curtain. Benes, wounded in an attack, is comatose and dying from a externally inoperable bloodclot, so the U.S. miniaturization taskforce organizes an expedition to be shrunken to remove the clot from the inside, operating on it at the cellular level.

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1966 Science Fiction Film (starring RaquelWelch and DonaldPleasence) about a shrinking machine used to send a minisubmarine and its crew inside the body of a defecting scientist. During the ColdWar, UsefulNotes/ColdWar, both the United States and "[[HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection The Other Side]]" have discovered the shrinking technology, with a time limit that turned it into a curiosity. But the scientist Jan Benes had discovered how to overcome the limit, and enemy agents will stop at nothing to prevent the secret from escaping from behind the Iron Curtain. Benes, wounded in an attack, is comatose and dying from a externally inoperable bloodclot, so the U.S. miniaturization taskforce organizes an expedition to be shrunken to remove the clot from the inside, operating on it at the cellular level.
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