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The Water Babies (1978)

G | | Animation, Adventure, Family | 1978 (UK)
This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel.



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Complete credited cast:
Mr. Grimes / Voice of Killer Shark
Mr. Masterman / Voice of Eel
Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby / Old Crone / Mrs. Tripp / Woman in Black / Water Babies 'Gate Keeper'
Lady Harriet
Sir John / Voice of Polar Bear
Tommy Pender ...
Samantha Gates ...
Elly / Voice of Ariadne the Water Baby
Paul Luty ...
Sladd / Voice of Claude the Swordfish
Salmon / Jock the Lobster / Kraken (voice)
Olive Gregg ...
Lance Percival ...
Terence the Sea Horse (voice)
Cyril the Walrus (voice)
Cass Allan ...
Liz Proud ...


This story is about a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel. Before he can return to the surface and clear his name, however, he must help the Water Babies leave their enclosed lake and reach the free waters of the ocean. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Most modern editions of the book have an inscription on the copyright page that reads, "A number of references that would have little meaning or purpose for the children of today have been omitted from this edition, which is, however, in all other respects exactly as Charles Kingsley wrote it." It was put there by the editors of an edition during the 1940s. See more »


When Tom and the lobster are singing "High Cockalorum" for the first time, Tom's mouth is opening and closing when he is not actually saying anything. Likewise, his mouth is shut when he is saying something. See more »


Tom: Me brush! Where's me brush! I'll get clouted if I can't find me brush!
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Luli Lu Li
Music by Phil Coulter
Lyrics by Bill Martin
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Captures children's imagination but NOT adults.
28 December 2004 | by (Derby. UK) – See all my reviews

I was 12 when this film was released and adored it. The song's were inspiring and it made me feel good, watching it several time's at the cinema. I actually had the soundtrack album and played the song's over and over.

26 years later...I'm ashamed. Just sat and watched it with my 2 daughters who enjoyed it lot's but my cynical older grown up eyes hated it. It's very poorly directed in many places and considering it was Lionel Jeffries directing I really wanted to enjoy it. The character animation was so rough yet the backgrounds were quite good. I remember the critics at the time saying that it was a poor film and was horrified but now I agree.

It is an old film yes, compared to what can be achieved now, maybe that's why I thought it was good then. But that does not excuse it for it's poor acting, directing and sloppiness. The main child actor's voice seem's dubbed which is very distracting too. Can't quite see what they were trying achieve when it was being made, all that it become was a weak film.

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