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Benji Takes a Dive at Marineland (1981)

Not Rated | | Family, Short | TV Short 10 May 1981
As the lovable mutt prepares to perform the first SCUBA dive by an animal, a villain attempts to prevent it.

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The ever-witty mutt hero Benji becomes the world's first dog to scuba dive in this entertaining children's television special. BENJI AT MARINELAND follows the emotive pup underwater as he communes with barracudas, dolphins, fish, and assorted other sea friends. Aided by a frisky soundtrack, the film maintains the high adventure and light comedy that has made the BENJI series so popular with children and parents alike. Written by Anonymous

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One of Florida's rare film gems
21 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here now is one of Florida's very rare (if not lost) motion picture gems, and a ton of fun for the whole family. Filmed in 1981 as part of an ABC's "Afterschool Special" anthology series, this half-hour puppy flick served as a publicity stunt both for the Benji film company and for Marineland of Florida. Located on Highway A1A (the Route 66 of Florida's east coast) this Sunshine state counterpart to Marineland of California was one of Florida's first theme parks before Disney. Besides Benji, the park has also shared the spotlight with Clint Eastwood in "Revenge of the Creature" (sequel to "Creature from the Black Lagoon")Lloyd Bridges in his "Sea Hunt" series, and Elvis Presley in "Live a Little, Love a Little." Alas today, the ravages of time, weather, and economics have turned the facility from a once famous dolphin show site, into a strictly marine biology education camp. Still, should you happen to spot this classic on DVD at your local Wal-Mart or Target Store, (along with the aforementioned other 3) snatch it up quickly before it's gone! You won't be sorry.


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