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The Water Babies [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Mason, Bernard Cribbins, Billie Whitelaw, Joan Greenwood, David Tomlinson
  • Directors: Lionel Jeffries
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Prism Leisure Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AM778
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,929 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bernard Cribbins, James Mason This timeless children's story tells the classic tale of 12 year old Tom who is apprentice to the cruel Master Chimney Sweep Grimes. Whilst Tom busily sweeps chimneys, Grimes and his sidekick Masterman steal from their customers. When Tom is unfairly accused of stealing he escapes by running away and leaping into the water of Dead Man's Pool. A magical adventure then begins for Tom as he befriends the Water Babies who live in the pool and helps to save them from the nasty Shark and the Electric Eel. Special Features Chapter/Scene Selection Photo Gallery Trailer

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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By A Customer on 24 May 2000
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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By Grr VINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD
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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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. I still remember feeling the magical goosebumps on my neck when this happens, even though im now approaching 40 and the animation doesnt stand up to the CGI that you see on all films and kids programmes nowadays (but give me proper animation like this any day). Fantastic movie. One that im proud to say is in my collection....
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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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Why is this enchanting British classic movie not available on DVD? Its a lovely family film featuring a stellar cast (James Mason, Billie Whitelaw). Good songs, animation sequences and perfect for a good Sunday afternoon wallow.
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I bought this dvd for my grandchildren as it was a strong favourite of my own children - watched repeatedly on video.
A delightful mix of live film and animation not hampered by the splendid cast. It has everything necessary to entertain and
demand repeat viewing.
Children will watch this over and over (adults will willingly sit through it, too) the best advert for any film. An afterthought - all the "new" childrens films available - How many do children return to, time and time again.
A comparatively unknown classic - awaken mums and dads - not only Disney make such films!!!
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This film is an absolute family classic, something thats been watched and loved by generations. I remember watching this as a young child and becoming completely engrossed in the animated world of the water babies and imagining being part of it. I'm glad to say that my own children have now been introduced to this underwater extraveganser of musical fantasy and they thought it was brilliant.
As they say the classics are always the best and this is no exception!!!!!
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