The Incredible Mr. Limpet

"OK"

The Incredible Mr. Limpet Review


Just how incredible is this Mr. Limpet? Well, for starters he can wish himself to turn into a fish. An animated fish. An animated fish that wears a pince-nez.

As Fran Tarkenton used to say, that's incredible.

One of the strangest films ever made that didn't involve David Lynch, Don Knotts stars as an extreme fish enthusiast named Limpet (too sickly and pathetic to merit a position in the military during WWII) who falls into the ocean one day and wishes so hard to join his water-bound brethren that he actually becomes one. He then finds he can help America in his new fish's body (an animated body at that) by surfing around underwater in search of German U-boats, then alerting a friend on one ship as to their presence.

I didn't realize LSD had become so popular by 1964, when Limpet was produced. But what else can explain this absolutely insane movie about a talking fish during the war? I don't even know where to begin in trying to critique it. The plot is bizarre and often inexplicable. Example: A big chunk of time is devoted to Limpet's lust for another animated fish whom he dubs Ladyfish (original!). I guess the undersea romance clues us in to the naval collaboration to come. The acting is perfunctory, which is probably what happens when you instruct people to talk to a point in the water where a cartoon fish will eventually be inserted.

The mixing of animated and live action footage was pioneering back in '64, and it's pretty difficult to watch. Unlike Roger Rabbit there's no recognition of the fact that Limpet has become a cartoon, only that he's become a talking fish. I guess animatronics had only come so far by then.

Ultimately, I think Limpet was intended as a kids' movie, but in the end it seems suitable only for the very, very young and the massively -- massively -- medicated.

This cult "classic" (I hesitate to use the term) is now out on DVD, complete with a new introduction by Knotts and a couple of extras. Knotts reminisces about the film fondly for a few minutes... before swimming off into the sunset.



The Incredible Mr. Limpet

Facts and Figures

Run time: 99 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 28th March 1964

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Warner Bros. Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 6

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Arthur Lubin

Producer: John C. Rose

Starring: as Henry Limpet, as Bessie Limpet, as George Stickel, as Harlock

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.