The Incredible Mr. Limpet (Keepcase)
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Don Knotts stars as a scrawny, milquetoast bookkeeper who longs to fight for the United States during World War II. But after the Army rejects him as unfit for military duty, he falls off a pier in Coney Island and discovers a magical undersea world when he becomes The Incredible Mr. Limpet. Henry Limpet (Knotts) amazingly learns he can breathe underwater and swim with the dolphins. He discovers love, the life he has always dreamed of and becomes a hero when he leads the Navy to a Nazi u-boat in this part-live action, part-animated family film.]]>
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The fishlike Don Knotts is perfectly cast as Henry Limpet, a nebbishy bookkeeper from Brooklyn, circa 1942. Walter Mitty-like, Henry dreams of being a war hero. His one other passion is his fish tank. When Henry is rejected from military service as a 4-F, he falls into a depression and escapes into unreality by wishing he was a fish.
Walking on the Coney Island pier one day with his wife, Bessie, Henry takes a misstep and falls into the briny Atlantic. Lo, and behold!---he is instantly transformed into a (cartoon) fish (complete with pince-nez glasses). Although Henry is initially lonely, he soon makes the acquaintance of Crusty the Crab and the seductive but loving Ladyfish, and sets off with them to explore his new, aquatic, world.
During one of his many misadventures, Henry discovers that he is the possessor of a powerful vocal "thrum" which can be used as an early warning system. Thinking quickly, he finds the ship his friend George Stickel is assigned to, and convinces Stickel (and the U.S. Navy) that he can act as a sort of secret escort for convoys and naval ships crossing the U-boat strewn Atlantic.
With Henry by their side, the Navy is able to turn the course of the Battle of the Atlantic, discovering and destroying enemy submarines and warships by the score. Although the Nazis try to stop Mr. Limpet, he is able to turn their weapons against them.Read more ›
A delightful film for the whole family to enjoy and to remember the delightful Don Knotts!
Too bad this was one of the last films to be made before the Warner Animation Department in Burbank shut down.
With a WWII setting, he's an obvious 4-F as a human, but becomes an underwater guide for a Navy fleet as a fish. Oh, yeah- did I mention it's also (kinda sorta) a musical?
Though released in 1964, "Limpet" sounds and feels like 1954- or is it 1944? It's as quaint as a movie can get: old New York costumes and settings, hokey humor, bumbling Navy brass and a super-patriotic musical choir. The animation, the late-model Warner Bros. kind, is a little bland by "Looney Tunes" standards, even with a few legendary artists (but no Jones or Friz) involved. And the non-Knotts cast is a little bit stiff on the whole, save old-timers Andrew Duggan and Larry Keating as the stuffy admirals.
Yet, somehow, "Limpet" works better than described, especially if, like me, you're still fond of old-school family comedy Americana. The story's a cut above most period Disney fare, both animated and live. As a fish, Limpet's engaged in a kind of proto-"SpongeBob" journey with his purple "Lady Fish" friend and a great little creation called- really!- "Crusty Crab"! A kind of crustacean Yosemite Sam (voiced by great radio/
cartoon veteran Paul Frees), he actually looks and sounds a bit like Mr. Krabs- nearly 40 years before "SpongeBob"!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reminds me of my childhood, holds up rather well so many decades later. The DVD case is flimsy, and disc is lacking such as features...but hey what would you expect. Read morePublished 12 days ago by E. DeWitt
Great Movie. Saw it as a kid with my Dad. Its fun to see the cultural differences from just 50 years ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eagle
This is a old movie I saw many years ago. Rented it so my son could see it. It was very enjoyable to watch again.Published 1 month ago by Old Timer
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