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The Island at the Top of the World is a 1974 adventure movie made by Disney.

Inspired by Jules Verne-like adventure stories, the movie is about a wealthy British industrialist who in 1907 arranges and expedition to the Arctic in the search of his son with the help of an American archaeologist, an eccentric French inventor and captain of a dirigible and their (forcefully enrolled) Eskimo guide. In the quest they accidentally uncover a Lost Colony of Vikings totally isolated from society, thus living like they did a thousand years in the past.


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This film provides examples of:

  • Cool Airship: The Hyperion.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Once the Vikings realize they can't kill them (and The Gothi's death certainly helps) the Vikings agree to let them go peacefully as far as one of them stays behind.
  • Elephant Graveyard: Or in this case a whale graveyard.
  • Green Aesop: Prof. Ivarsson volunteers to stay behind saying that if humanity is foolish enough to destroy itself this could be humanity’s last refuge.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Astragard, the isolated Viking village.
  • Hindenburg Incendiary Principle: The Hyperion is set on fire when a Viking fires a burning arrow at it.
  • Horny Vikings: Averted, the Norsemen use historically accurate helmets with no horns.
  • Karmic Death: The Gothi causes his own death by shooting an arrow to the dirigible causing it to fall covered in flames.
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  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Team Pet is a small Cooker Spaniel.
  • Sexy Scandinavian: Freya, the main Love Interest of Donald (Sir Anthony’s son).
  • Token Minority: The Eskimo guide Oomiak played by Japanese actor Mako.
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