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Great (Isambard Kingdom Brunel) (1975)

An animated film about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who spearheaded numerous engineering marvels of the early 19th century - including the Thames Tunnel, the Great Western ... See full summary »

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An animated film about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who spearheaded numerous engineering marvels of the early 19th century - including the Thames Tunnel, the Great Western Railway, and the Great Eastern steamship (for 40 years the world's largest steamship). Various styles of animation are used to depict events in his colorful life. Written by scgary66

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The live-action railway footage used as the basis for one segment was used a few years later in unmodified form for a television ad in the US. See more »

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Queen Victoria: Ah, Mr Brunel, what are you designing now? Something we shall find amusing, I trust?
Isambard Kingdom Brunel: How about something six times larger than anything like it before?
Queen Victoria: Oh, Isambard!
[Looks at blueprints. Disappointed]
Queen Victoria: Oh, it's a ship.
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Music by Johnny Hawksworth
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Delightful animated musical biography of IKB
5 July 1999 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

Delightful animated musical biography of IKB. Showed up on a public television academy award winners program before I owned a VCR and I have been looking for a copy ever since. It is a wonderful view of the great engineering age in Britain. I second the previous submission that I wish I had a copy.


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