A Forgotten Favorite: “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” Review


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Disney has many old classics, from animated films to live-action masterpieces. Even with all these movies, one specific film has a rather intriguing premise that is based on an old Jules Verne novel. This movie of course is the legendary adventure of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Ever since its first showing back in 1954, this phenomenal film has created shockwaves across pop culture. However, the film’s popularity has faded over the years with new Disney films muddling the waters. The once-acclaimed Disneyland ride for this film had shut down, only to reopen as a “Finding Nemo” ride. More and more ocean-themed Disney movies are being released, lessening the wonders of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”.

The premise of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” is rather simple, but certainly interesting. A genius man has had enough of society, and decides to run away. Far from the grounds of any country, the man runs away with a crew and dives into the waves, with a revolutionary submarine named he Nautilus. With his escape successful, the genius decides to live deep in the ocean surviving off the sea. This lifestyle continues for a period of time, but quickly changes at the arrival of new characters on the Nautilus,  causing massive chaos.

This is the basic gist of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” with only a slight amount of spoilers. Hopefully, that short bit of writing convinced you to watch this classic film. The movie still has that wondrous atmosphereeven after all these decades—displaying the magic of the big, wide ocean