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The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  28 March 1964 (USA)
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Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and... See full summary »

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Bessie Limpet
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Harlock
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Admiral P.P. Spewter
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Nazi Admiral (as Oscar Beregi)
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Fleet Admiral
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Ladyfish (voice)
Paul Frees ...
Crusty (voice)
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Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and lays it on pretty thick. If Henry could have one thing it would be to become a fish. While on a visit to Coney Island, Henry falls into the water and miraculously gets his wish. Now a fish, he makes friends, Ladyfish and Crabby the hermit crab and loves his new life. He also uses his abilities to help the US Navy locate and sink Nazi U-Boats, forcing the Germans to create a new weapon to deal with the Allies secret weapon. When years later the Navy finds intelligent activity among dolphins, they may also know who is teaching them. Written by garykmcd

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28 March 1964 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The scene where the German U-Boat wolf pack was set in a line was originally an animation scene seen in the movie "Action in the North Atlantic 1943". See more »

Goofs

When Henry first encounters the destroyer, the number is 752. DD-752 is the U.S.S. Alfred A. Cunningham. Construction was not started on the Cunningham until February 23, 1944, and wasn't launched until August 3, 1944, two and a half years after the time frame of the movie (just after Dec. 7, 1941). See more »

Quotes

Henry Limpet: What if I told you I used to be a human being?
Ladyfish: I don't care how terrible your past was, Limpet.
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Film ends with: THE END ? See more »

Connections

Referenced in Green Acres: Das Lumpen (1967) See more »

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I Wish I Were a Fish
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Limpet and his sidekick, Crusty the crabby old bachelor
4 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie when I was a child so I bought the video for my children. They got so caught up in the movie that they found themselves cheering for Henry and Crusty while they dodged the "torpedees" (as Crusty called them).

However, they weren't impressed with Mrs Limpet (the human). They thought she was too mean spirited for poor Henry. Early in the movie my daughter said she didn't blame Henry for wishing to be a fish. Anyone would with a wife like that!

As most good films have a good versus evil slant in the plot, this film also does in a sense. I don't mean the obvious Democracy vs Nazi fight, but the good, kind Henry vs the sneering, lecherous Stickle. As children's movies should be, it is toned down, but you still get an immediate sense of sympathy for Henry while secretly wishing Stickle would get his head stuck in a "torpedee" tube! All in all, a terrific film and one of my favourites!


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