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The Water Babies (1978)

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.

Director:

Lionel Jeffries

Writers:

Michael Robson (screenplay by), Charles Kingsley (based upon the book by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Mr. Grimes / Voice of Killer Shark
Bernard Cribbins ... Mr. Masterman / Voice of Eel
Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby / Old Crone / Mrs. Tripp / Woman in Black / Water Babies 'Gate Keeper'
Joan Greenwood ... Lady Harriet
David Tomlinson ... Sir John / Voice of Polar Bear
Tommy Pender Tommy Pender ... Tom
Samantha Gates Samantha Gates ... Elly / Voice of Ariadne the Water Baby
Paul Luty ... Sladd / Voice of Claude the Swordfish
Jon Pertwee ... Salmon / Jock the Lobster / Kraken (voice)
Olive Gregg Olive Gregg ... (voice)
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Terence the Sea Horse (voice)
David Jason ... Cyril the Walrus (voice)
Cass Allan Cass Allan ... (voice)
Liz Proud Liz Proud ... (voice)
Una Stubbs ... (voice)
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Storyline

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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An enchanting children's tale featuring a superb blend of live action and delightful animation See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Poland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Water Babies See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tommy Pender and Samantha Gates both receive "introducing" credits See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

The Polar Bear: [laughing to the walrus about Tom's demand] He said 'demand.'
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Crazy Credits

The movie's opening credits summarizes in illustrations of "A Story of a Little Chimney Sweep in the Year 1850". While the chimney sweeper is climbing:
  • The live-action cast members is portrayed in oval picture frames.
  • For the "animated sequences" credits, it shows the design of Tom ( Tommy Pender ), in his underwater design, and the design of the Otter.
The credits end at the top of the chimney, in which it cuts to the real chimney for the opening shot. See more »

Connections

References Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Luli Lu Li
Music by Phil Coulter
Lyrics by Bill Martin
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User Reviews

Hi Hi Hi Hi Hicocolorum(spelling?)
1 February 2003 | by target-4See all my reviews

Oh my god.. i still have that song in my head after all these years!!!

I remember seeing the Waterbabies when it was on the then new Home Box Office.... when I was about 9 or ten!

I don't remember much else but that song!

It seemed a good movie at the time to me but I was a kid.. maybe i should venture to watch it again :)

brandy


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