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YMMV: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

The 1954 film adaptation contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Displacement
  • Designated Hero: Ned Land is kind of a jerkass throughout the film, at least to their "host". Though when we see how bad Nemo really is, he seems a little justified.
  • Designated Villain: Nemo comes cross as this at first- until you see his true colors. Ned seems more than a little justified in mistrusting him after he sinks a ship full of innocent sailors. This can, in large part, be blamed on James Mason's charismatic performance.
  • Ear Worm: Whale of a Tale
  • Older Than They Think: People often forget that there other film adaptations of the book made around fifty years before this one, when the motion picture business was still in its infancy. The earliest one was a silent short film made in 1905, but there were other adaptations made in 1907, 1916, and 1917.
  • Signature Scene: The entire awesome battle with the giant squid.
  • Tear Jerker: Captain Nemo's Back Story. Also his his final moments where he staggers to a viewing window, collapses, and looks at his beloved ocean one last time as he dies.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The battle with the giant squid. Even today it looks awesome.
    • Though it was very nearly Special Effects Failure, as the story on the DVD will attest. The first tests for the final battle took place against a beautiful sunset, on a calm sea. The first Giant Squid had stuffed tentacles held up on wires; these grew heavy and hard to control as they took on water, and the bright sunset made the wires painfully obvious. Disney himself was appalled at this first footage, and demanded a reshoot. This reshoot nearly forced the studio out of business, and the film's nomination for Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards proved a Crowning Moment Of Awesome for Disney.
  • What Could Have Been: The initial depiction of the squid battle. See also Visual Effects of Awesome and Special Effects Failure.

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