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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:

Charles Kingsley (book), Michael Robson (screenplay) | 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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Country:

Poland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slip Slide Adventures See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 1976 but not released until 1978. 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

Tom: [running back and forth on the roof] Me brush! Where's me brush! I'll get clouted if I can't find me brush!
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Connections

Referenced in Mary Poppins Returns (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Try a Little Harder
Music by Phil Coulter
Lyrics by Bill Martin
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30 November 2004 | by koalitymeSee all my reviews

I saw this movie as a child and fell in love with it. It has a sweet sensitive story. Something children can appreciate. I loved so much as a child I had to find it for my daughter. It is definitely a movie I would watch with kids. It reminds me a great deal of story's of a Disney nature like Pete's Dragon and Mary Poppins. Both because of the live action and cartoon features but on its premise. It is also a good story to show kids that if they tell the truth they can be trusted and adults will listen to them. I think all kids should see it and would enjoy it. It is such a break from the violent movies of bad taste so many kids watch these days. It has all the charming qualities so many of today's movies don't have.


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