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The Water Babies [DVD]
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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
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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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.
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!!!
As they say the classics are always the best and this is no exception!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looking forward to watching it with my grandchildren just like I used to with my daughter, it arrived well before date expected was well protected with it's packaging overall very... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Edna banner
Very odd film, best left in the past. I bought this film to bring back happy childhood memories, all I can say that it's a very odd film, and some films are best left to childhood... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Won't play n my DVD player is new am very upset all I paid n carnt view iwPublished 17 months ago by carol baxendale