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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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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 Keith Papworth
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It certainly lives up to its title!
25 May 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Bob Godfrey's free-wheeling, imaginative and irreverent look at the life and achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel benefits from eye-catching animation, upbeat songs, memorable set-pieces and an overall mood of infectious good humour. Although it's been years since I last saw it, several lines stick in my mind, including "Queen Victoria came to look, she said I'm tickled pink", a list of all the things Brunel didn't invent (including heroin, and, because this is a Bob Godfrey cartoon, a live-in bra!), a song about the diminutive inventor's taste in tall hats and a pre-punk rock and roller doing a very gritty song about the great man! At his best, Godfrey was capable of genius, and GREAT is proof of that. A DVD release is long overdue.


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