Hidden behind the membership-only barrier of The Disney Movie Club is a long-delayed, long-missed key feature from The Mouse
’s masterful super-production of the timeless Jules Verne
classic. Despite the funny songs and an annoyingly ‘ork-ork’-ing sea lion, the lavishly filmed show embraces the dark side of Verne’s vision — Captain Nemo
is nothing less than an anti-Colonial terrorist, waging a one-submarine war against international warmongers. With the commanding James Mason
in the role, the film’s furious politics are as impressive as the to-die-for art direction: this Disney
family attraction has us rooting for the terrorist and against the Imperialist European powers.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Disney Movie Club
1954 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 127 min. / Anniversary Edition / Street Date June 18, 2019 / Disney Movie Club exclusive.
Starring: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas
, Peter Lorre
, Robert J. Wilke
, Ted de Corsia
, Carleton Young
Cinematography: Franz Planer
Film Editor: Elmo Williams