Behind the Scenes of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Photo courtesy of the Facebook page Cinema Behind the Scenes, a great resource for production stills.

(Above) The water tank sound stage used to shoot the squid attack sequence in Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). The squid battle was initially set at sunset, but the creature looked too artificial and the scene was reshot with a night setting. Check out the original version and the final, reshot version below:

And a few more behind the scenes pics….(click on any image for a bigger version).

In addition to its sound stage schedule, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea filmed underwater footage in the Bahamas and additional location work in Jamaica. One of Disney’s first big-budgeted live action films, the Jules Verne adaptation was storyboarded in its entirety, more than 1,300 drawings. Here’s a few of them:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea storyboards

A David Fincher-directed remake starring Brad Pitt was set to shoot in Australia in the summer of 2013, but was shut down a month before production was slated to begin.

Original release poster.

Artist Ken Taylor’s contemporary take on a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea poster.

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