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The Water Babies

  • Action
  • Family
  • 1978
  • Lionel Jeffries
  • 81 mins
  • U

Summary

A runaway chimney sweep flees from his wicked master and stumbles across a strange underwater kingdom. As he tries to return to his own world, he discovers he must first save a group of water babies from a deadly foe. Children's adventure based on the novel by Charles Kingsley, starring James Mason, Billie Whitelaw and Tommy Pender

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

Combining cartoon and live action, this is a ghastly adaptation of the Charles Kingsley classic. Admittedly, director Lionel Jeffries had to revert to animation to tell the tale of a young chimney sweep who rescues a group of underwater children from a tyrannical shark. But the cartooning is bland, the voicing of the sea creatures and the water babies too cute, and the songs are a disgrace. Compounding the disappointment is the fact that the opening section, in which shifty sweep James Mason and his dim-witted assistant Bernard Cribbins plot to burgle a country manor, shows promise.

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Credits

Cast

rolename
GrimesJames Mason
Mrs DoasyouwouldbedonebyBillie Whitelaw
TomTommy Pender
MastermanBernard Cribbins
Lady HarrietJoan Greenwood
Sir JohnDavid Tomlinson
EllieSamantha Gates
SladdPaul Luty
David JasonDavid Jason
Lance PercivalLance Percival
Jon PertweeJon Pertwee
Una StubbsUna Stubbs

Crew

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DirectorLionel Jeffries

Details

Theatrical distributor
Pethurst International Ltd
Released on
1978-06-23
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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