The Incredible Mr. Limpet (VHS, 2002, Slip Sleeve)

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Incredible Mr. Limpet: The "Secret" Weapon of WW2!

Aug 26, 2000 (Updated Aug 27, 2000)
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Pros:One Of The First Animation/Live Action Movies

Cons:Movie Is Dated, Has War Themes, and Reincarnation References That Younger Children May Not Understand

The Incredible Mr. Limpet is one of the first movies that was made that combined live action with cartoon characters. Even though the production seems crude now, this movie was phenomenal at its first release and even now, it's very entertaining for both children and adults.

In this movie, Don Knotts, plays Mr. Limpet, who's a bookkeeper who has longed to be a fish. Eventually he gets his wish through his untimely death through reincarnation.

Through interaction with his friends who are in the Navy in World War 2, Limpet becomes an indisposable aid in the discovery and destruction of German submarines in the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually though the Germans figure out something is going on because Limpet has a particular "sound" that he makes when he is trying to get the attention of the sailors called a "thromb".

The Germans find a way to try to destroy him by having missles attract toward him but Limpet finds a way to beat them and have the Germans destroy themselves in the end.

Other characters that are very memorable in this movie are the Lady Fish, who is the feminine version of Limpet and Crusty who's an old crustacean who becomes Limpet's best friend of the sea. There's a tender love story between Limpet and Lady Fish which is very innocent and touching as well.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable movie, although I don't believe that younger children will understand it at all. There's too many adult themes in it that are rather complicated to understand such as reincarnation, the strategies of wars, relationship issues between adults, and so forth which I believe will confuse them a bit.

However, they may enjoy the action of the scenes and conversations between the cartoon characters and the sailors following a fish so this may be a compensation for those parts which they are too young to understand.

Overall, though, The Incredible Mr. Limpet is a really great movie to watch on a rainy day or snow day with your children. There's no profane language in the movie at all and we do watch this movie perhaps probably once every four months in our home.


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