Western Animation: Titanic: The Legend Goes On
Titanic: The Legend Goes On
— also known as Titanic: The Animated Movie
or Titanic: The Animated Musical
— is an animated film written and directed by Italian director Camillo Teti. The film follows the adventures of a Cinderella Captain Ersatz
named Angelica, who boards the Titanic
with her wicked stepmother and her stepsisters. In a role-reversal of the romance from the better-known James Cameron film
, the poor girl falls in love with a rich young man (whose nanny happens to be
Angelica's long-lost real mother).
Accompanying them on the voyage are a family of immigrant mice
, a Cruella de Vil
lookalike and her Cockney henchmen, a detective who dresses like Sherlock Holmes
, a trio of Mexican mice, and a rapping dog. You will not be able to follow what they're doing or why they're doing it
. Then again, you probably wouldn't want
The ship eventually hits an iceberg and sinks, of course
— but in this Lighter and Softer
fairy tale treatment of the Titanic
story, in an apparent attempt to create a child-friendly version depiction of a real-life disaster, nearly all of the characters we're introduced to in this film survive the disaster and live Happily Ever After
was based on an actual tragic event where well over 1,500 people died.
Some reviewers wonder if Camillo Teti knew this, or whether he thought the Titanic
legend was just that
and decided to do a Lighter and Softer
animated imitation of the Cameron film with a whole bunch of talking cartoon animals
for (alleged) comic relief. Cameron is often criticized for his massaging of certain facts to fit his story (the descendents of one crew member were particularly upset at his portrayal), but at least he took the whole event seriously.
Since it's hard to find copies of this film, many people don't even believe this film exists. The people who have
seen it don't want to believe it exists. As of 2012, it was rated as literally the worst movie of all time by users at the Internet Movie Database (it has since fallen to #61). When watched with other people, it becomes So Bad, It's Good
and is a perfect subject for riffing — a good party
movie, if you will.
There are two versions of the film: the original cut, and a lesser-known cut which features completely different songs, two times the repeated dialogue, three times the Stock Sound Effects
, three times the MIDI background music, and (shockingly) a much more coherent plot than the original cut. The latter version was bundled free with some cheap DVD player bundles in the early days of DVD technology. Mutant Reviewers from Hell
has more information about the two versions.
By the way, here's the plot description from the back of the video box:
Set aboard the famous ship
Titanic, where you will meet many lovable characters as they embark on a fun-filled adventure across the sea! Meet Angelica a young, beautiful girl who dreams of meeting her prince charming [sic]. Sir William Greenfield a rich and handsome yet shy and modest Scottish nobleman. Corynthia Meanstreak an able swindler who is aided by her two clumsy nephews Kirk and Dirk. And of course we can't forget all the lovable Animals [sic] who populate the
Titanic and will tell their own stories. Maxie the mouse, Geoffrey the cat, Danny the Dalmatian, Hector the Magpie and more!! Together these characters conjure up delightful entertainment for kids of all ages!
As it happened in the real story, the
Titanic will hit the iceberg but only to determine the beginning of a new life full of hope for everybody!! Filled with hilarious antics, fun music and enchanting characters this movie is sure to be a hit with the entire family !
The entire movie can be found here
Compare The Magic Voyage
, another disastrous animated film Very Loosely Based on a True Story
Not to be confused with the other Titanic
musical, which has a well-written score and is about the actual people who were on the ship.
Nor should it be confused with another Italian film called The Legend of the Titanic
, which is an entirely different
animated ripoff of Titanic
that features more talking mice, a "save the whales" plot
, and a giant octopus which saves the ship
Titanic: The Legend Goes On proves examples of the following tropes: