The Incredible Mr. Limpet

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Overview

In this amusing fantasy, a combination of live-action and animated effects, Don Knotts plays scrawny bookkeeper Henry Limpet, who longs to help the U.S. after the outbreak of World War II. He becomes depressed after being turned down by the Navy, particularly after his pal George Jack Weston is accepted. When Henry takes a walk on the Coney Island pier with his wife Bessie Carole Cook, he falls into the water and is transformed into a fish, complete with his reading spectacles. Henry finally gets to help the war ...
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Overview

In this amusing fantasy, a combination of live-action and animated effects, Don Knotts plays scrawny bookkeeper Henry Limpet, who longs to help the U.S. after the outbreak of World War II. He becomes depressed after being turned down by the Navy, particularly after his pal George Jack Weston is accepted. When Henry takes a walk on the Coney Island pier with his wife Bessie Carole Cook, he falls into the water and is transformed into a fish, complete with his reading spectacles. Henry finally gets to help the war effort by helping to track down Nazi U boats for the Navy. Andrew Duggan and Larry Keating play the admirals who spearhead the secret mission involving the transformed Henry. Longtime Disney production associate John Rose was the producer of this film, and the influence of the animation is evident.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Introduction by Don Knotts; Vintage documentary - Weekend at Weeki Wachee; Henry Limpet's Fishtank; Get in the Swim with Henry Challenge; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
The Incredible Mr. Limpet 1964, one of the finest family fish stories ever produced in Hollywood, was Don Knotts's breakthrough to big-screen stardom after he made a name for himself as a regular on the Andy Griffith Show. Today, Limpet's a delight for its effective mixing of animation and live-action scenes into a coherent whole. The story casts Knotts as Henry Limpet, a bespectacled Brooklyn bookkeeper whose various physical shortcomings render him ineligible for the army, just as America's imminent entry into WWII is igniting patriotic fervor across the land. Furthering Henry's diminished sense of self worth is the bond between his brassy bride Bessie Carole Cook and best buddy George Jack Weston -- a sailor who seems a much better match for Bessie from the get-go. Soon after lamenting to his pet fish, "I wish I were a fish," Henry falls off a Coney Island pier and gets his wish. And what a fish: Henry retains his human intellect, and possesses a unique underwater roar more a thrummm, actually that enables him to help locate and destroy Nazi U-boats. Along for this heroic ride are such revered character actors as Andrew Duggan and Larry Keating as the officers who press Limpet into duty, while voice-acting giant Paul Frees Boris Badenov delivers some juicy lines as Henry's undersea buddy, Crusty the Crustacean. The Incredible Mr. Limpet falls somewhere between a curio and a classic; under the charming spell of the DVD's gorgeous image, it's tempting to make the case for the latter.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Generally dismissed upon its initial release, The Incredible Mr. Limpet has grown in stature over the years, in large part due to the fondness its original target audience felt for it as they grew older. It's no classic -- not even of the "cult" variety, for its childlike qualities work against it -- but it's immensely enjoyable, especially for those who are willing to accept many of its technical limitations as par for the course in 1964. Chief among those limitations is a mixture of live action and animation that is often far from seamless. On its own terms, the animation is not top drawer, but it's more than adequate, and the vivid palette employed is striking. (That same palette also invades the live action segments, making the transition to animation somewhat less jarring.) The script has an interesting plot, even if it tries to cover a bit too much ground, and the character of George is actually pretty complex for this kind of venture. While some may feel cheated that there is no explanation for Limpet's transformation, and others may feel disturbed by the fact that he never changes back into a human, both of these elements contribute to the film's uniqueness. Don Knotts turns in one of his best film performances, although his jittery mannerisms are an acquired taste. Jack Weston makes George both appealing and a bit offputting, and Carole Cook has some touching moments when she learns of her husband's predicament. Limpet drags a little in a few places, but overall it's sweet, amusing and pleasantly odd.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • UPC: 883929091478
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Repackaged / Subtitled / Pan & Scan / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,112

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Knotts Henry Limpet
Carole Cook Bessie Limpet
Jack Weston Lt. George Stickle
Andrew Duggan Adm. Harlock
Larry Keating Adm. Spewter
Oscar Beregi Adm. Doemitz
Paul H. Frees Voice Only
Elizabeth MacRae Voice Only
Charles Meredith Adm. Fourstar
Technical Credits
Arthur Lubin Director
Harold Adamson Songwriter
Rose Brawd Costumes/Costume Designer
Jameson Brewer Screenwriter
Gerry Chiniquy Special Effects
LeRoy G. Deane Art Director
Sammy Fain Songwriter
Stan Jones Sound/Sound Designer
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Robert McKimson Special Effects
Joe di Mona Screenwriter
Maurice Noble Special Effects
Frank Perkins Score Composer
Donald A. Peters Special Effects
Hawley Pratt Special Effects
Robert Richards Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Rose Producer, Screenwriter
John C. Rose Producer, Screenwriter
Harold E. Stine Cinematographer
Donald Tait Editor
Vladimir Tytla Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Incredible Mr. Limpet - Full Screen
1. Credits [2:06]
2. Top Secret File [2:50]
3. "Everbody Can't be a Hero" [4:12]
4. George for Dinner [1:49]
5. His Fish World [3:21]
6. I Wish I Were a Fish [2:03]
7. Loose Lips Sink Subways [2:08]
8. Limpet Overboard [3:00]
9. Fish with Glasses [2:19]
10. Be Careful How You Wish [2:28]
11. Perils - and a Pal [4:57]
12. Unique Specimen [3:17]
13. Ladyfish [3:09]
14. Deep Rapture [2:52]
15. A Nazi Sub [3:15]
16. War! [1:42]
17. Helped to a Direct Hit [3:30]
18. Bring Me Stickle [4:05]
19. Sounds Familiar [3:57]
20. Face to Fin [4:26]
21. Secret Weapon Activated [3:45]
22. Driving the Nazis Nuts [3:12]
23. Lt. Henry Limpet [5:01]
24. Fishy to Bessie [2:19]
25. Super Doodle Dandy [2:58]
26. To Henry's Rescue [5:30]
27. Torpedoes Rerouted [5:47]
28. Back to Ladyfish [2:15]
29. Coney Island Farewell [3:56]
30. Thank You, Henry Limpet [1:38]
31. End Credits [1:04]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Incredible Mr. Limpet - Widescreen
1. Credits [2:06]
2. Top Secret File [2:50]
3. "Everbody Can't be a Hero" [4:12]
4. George for Dinner [1:49]
5. His Fish World [3:21]
6. I Wish I Were a Fish [2:03]
7. Loose Lips Sink Subways [2:08]
8. Limpet Overboard [3:00]
9. Fish with Glasses [2:19]
10. Be Careful How You Wish [2:28]
11. Perils - and a Pal [4:57]
12. Unique Specimen [3:17]
13. Ladyfish [3:09]
14. Deep Rapture [2:52]
15. A Nazi Sub [3:15]
16. War! [1:42]
17. Helped to a Direct Hit [3:30]
18. Bring Me Stickle [4:05]
19. Sounds Familiar [3:57]
20. Face to Fin [4:26]
21. Secret Weapon Activated [3:45]
22. Driving the Nazis Nuts [3:12]
23. Lt. Henry Limpet [5:01]
24. Fishy to Bessie [2:19]
25. Super Doodle Dandy [2:58]
26. To Henry's Rescue [5:30]
27. Torpedoes Rerouted [5:47]
28. Back to Ladyfish [2:15]
29. Coney Island Farewell [3:56]
30. Thank You, Henry Limpet [1:38]
31. End Credits [1:04]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- The Incredible Mr. Limpet - Full Screen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Introduction by Don Knotts
      Weekend at Weeki Wachee
      Cast & Crew
      Get in the Swim with Henry Game
      Henry Limpet's Fish Tank
         Fish Fin
         Fish Lips
         Earring
         Glasses
         Hat
         Crab Shell
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Español
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Off
Disc #1, Side B -- The Incredible Mr. Limpet - Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Introduction by Don Knotts
      Weekend at Weeki Wachee
      Cast & Crew
      Get in the Swim with Henry Game
      Henry Limpet's Fish Tank
         Fish Fin
         Fish Lips
         Earring
         Glasses
         Hat
         Crab Shell
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BUY THIS DVD!!!

    We watched this in my high school history class and I have to say it was surprisingly good. THis is a DVD that everyone should own if they want to understand what WWII was like. BUY IT NOWW!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    don knotts at his best!

    As a kid, I watched this and other Knotts movies. They are good wholesome family entertainment.

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