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The Water Babies [VHS]

James Mason , Bernard Cribbins , Lionel Jeffries    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Mason, Bernard Cribbins, Billie Whitelaw, Joan Greenwood, David Tomlinson
  • Directors: Lionel Jeffries
  • Writers: Lionel Jeffries, Charles Kingsley, Denis Norden, Michael Robson
  • Producers: Ben Arbeid, Peter Shaw
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fabulous Films
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CK9Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,711 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Water Babies tells the story of Tom, a chimney sweep who gets framed for theft in 1850s England. Even though a young girl named Ellie knows the real thieves' identities and tries to clear Tom's name, Tom's desperate escape run lands him right in the middle of Dead Man's Pool. Assumed to have met certain death, Tom gets sucked into a magical underwater world. Tom befriends the creatures he meets beneath the sea, and they accompany him on a journey to the land of Water Babies, where he intends to ask the all-powerful Cracken to help him return to the world above the water. However, when Tom finally does manage to return to land, life is far from idyllic as he must set out clear his name and trap the real thieves.

Many adults possess fond memories of seeing this 1978 movie as children. The land portions of this musical feature live-action footage, while the water sequence is fully animated. To a fresh, modern audience, the abrupt change from one format to the other is somewhat disconcerting, as is the choppy, older animation style. The story, based on the classic children's book of the same name by Charles Kingsley, is an intriguing look at both Victorian culture and the fantasy world. (Ages 4-8) --Tami Horiuchi, Amazon.com

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Tom is an amiable lad apprenticed to the dishonest Master Chimney Sweep Grimes (James Mason). When the young boy is falsely accused of stealing, he escapes his pursuers by jumping into Dead Man's Pool, whereupon he becomes involved in the adventures of the Water Babies who live there. Lionel Jeffries directs this mixture of live action and animation.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film but nothing like the book 19 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have the water babies since i was a verry little girl, and the story has always intrigued me. It's a great childrens film that i feel adults can also enjoy. Just one point, if you really enjoyed the film i would recommened you not to read the book. I have read it recently thanks to this film, but i discovered from the offset that the film is extremely different to the book and i cannot watch the film in the same light ever again. Overall a great film all the family will enjoy and watch over and over again.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ay Cockalorum!!! 11 Dec 2008
Take a star off the rating if you didn't see this when you were a youngester is the basic truth.

I got this as it filled me with nostlagia - being shoved in front of the TV on wet winter afternoons with some buttered crumpets and my sister. We loved it.

Truth be told it's a little bit rubbish seeing it now. The live action segemts are well done and James Mason, Billie Whitelaw & Bernard Cribbins all do good jobs. The animation though is shcoking - and really, really, really hurried! The best song 'Ay Cockalorum' is reprised FOUR times!!!

Have to be brutally truthful though - it still made me grin from ear to ear. I reckon smaller children nowadays would still enjoy it too, but anyone over 8 might spot the poor production values and shoddy animation.

So fun for the very young or for those heading for memory lane.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow 24 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is only the best childrens video that I have ever watched. The plot is disney, the songs are fantastic and I used to watch it every weekkend with my sister before my Mum and Dad got up! Highly recomended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 15 May 2014
By Jade
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Am quite frustrated as I didn't notice region and didn't no much about it until I received and payed 12 pound for this and am still unable to watch it due to not being able to find or buy a different region DVD player :s but am hoping to sooooon
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when will this film be released for region two with English subtitles for hard of hearing please? I am trying to replace my old videos with dvds at a reasonable price but find it hard to find good copies. They are either region 1 (USA) or no subtitles or far too expensive!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do not use this company 5 April 2014
Passion flix UK. Advertising on the Amazon UK site. Sent me a DVD that turns out to be only readable by north American DVD players. This caused much disappointment as the film was a reward for one of my kids and she was so looking forward to it. The worst thing however is the lack of communication. I emailed through Amazon to complain and received a 'who cares' response with a suggestion I post the DVD to Canada at my own expense!? Canada?!? the company is called PassionFlix UK!! And in any case the postage would cost more than the DVD! I responded and have now sent several follow up emails and no response at all. Passionflix have no passion for actually providing their customers with any service at all - just for taking their cash and going quiet. I also never leave feedback without first providing an opportunity for a seller to put a situation right. I did explain that I would detail my experience for others on feedback - but no response. Use them at your peril. You have been warned!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it said on the tin 6 Mar 2014
By Donna
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Item was in great condition like described!! Old school film from yonder year! Still not sure why it's worth so much though! But all the same good buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 11 Feb 2014
By me
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Remembered this film from my childhood, couldn't find it any where else . Excellent film and well worth buying, kids love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
arrived safely as a gift..
Published 28 days ago by Mr. T. P. Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Cockalorum?
Why is this enchanting British classic movie not available on DVD? Its a lovely family film featuring a stellar cast (James Mason, Billie Whitelaw). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tobytoby
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
The quality of this DVD was VERY poor, and not worth the amount paid for it.. having said that it is a fabulous film, so if you can find a copy that is of good quality it is defo... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Personal Shopper
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Enjoyed this with my grandchildren, they loved it. Brought back memories of when my children were small and they remembered all of the songs.
Published 18 months ago by A. M. Buttress
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic very under rated movie
I remember Mum bringing this home to us on VHS back in the very early 1980's, and we were all amazed as real people turned into cartoon people. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. Ashdown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Water Babies [1978] [DVD]
bought for my special needs son who loves all the songs and all the bright colours i would recommend these for anyone to buy
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Modern chilhood is inundated with cartoons. It is good for them to see the interaction of human actors with cartoon characters. We stil need actors!
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars The Water Babies VHS
Received in perfect order and on time. Just what we wanted and is a great story for all ages - young and old
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Kevin
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