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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! My first memory of Disney’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA is as a youngster watching the Disney Channel. Remember when the Disney Channel used to be amazing? It was nothing but old Mickey Mouse cartoons and Disney movies before it was taken over by Miley and turned into a tween girl’s diary. That could be rose colored glasses… I do remember there being a fair amount of junk on back in my day, too, but still. Anyway, I remember The Disney Channel would run a little clip reel before they’d start a Disney movie. This clip reel would be mostly Disney feature cartoon and some live-action stuff, but the part I always looked forward to was the footage of the giant squid attack from 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. That night time attack really had an impact on me as a kid. Today’s picture is of that scene, but slightly different than you might remember. Director Richard Fleischer originally shot the scene as a daylight attack in a calm sea, which made the squid look super fake and the action lackluster. The studio demanded a reshoot and we ended up with the night time squid attack during a howler of a storm, the scene that really captivated me as a kid. The below pic was taken during the first run at this scene and features the great James Mason as Captain Nemo. Oh, and a giant squid. So, yeah. Dynamic pic! Make sure to click it for the bigger version! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Apologies for posting this a little late in the day. I can’t even blame Fantastic Fest for it yet (that craziness doesn’t begin until tomorrow), but I will blame The Social Network. I had three interviews for it today and the big AICN screening, so I was away from the computer. Hopefully the pic was worth the wait! Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic features a man in suit! Man in suit! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Stark Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve

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  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Watch out! There's a furry thing on top of your head!!!

    by Jehovahs_Witness

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Too Fucking Cool!!!

    by loc420

    Damn, I remember that squid scaring the crap out of me when I used to watch that movie with my dad. I remember it came out on a wednesday and I couldnt go to sleep and my dad ended up having me stay the next day at home instead of school. One of the coolest days with my dad

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    When I hear of 20,000 that's the scene I think of

    by Pitofbenders

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I like how that one guy in the back is looking up

    by RPLocke


  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    "OK, now where's the motor?"

    by ObiBen

    Great pic.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Disney Channel, nickelodeon & Cartoon Network

    by paburrows

    Yeah Disney Channel used to have cool stuff like actual Disney cartoons and movies. Now its just the crap Tween shows. Its the same thing with Nickelodeon when I was a kid Nick had Turkey Television, Danger Mouse, You can Do that on TV, Now its also gone Tween. And Cartoon Network was doing cool stuff like Dexter's, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, etc and its trying to slowly go live action. Man it all sucks.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    "Fight with it, shake it's legs around"

    by ObiBen

    "You know I turned down Frankenstein?"

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    "That was PERFECT!"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by HansBubi

    Thank you for that.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Disney Channel also had messed up Canadian movies

    by damagedinc

    Disney Channel rocked bizarre Canadian movies. The Peanut Butter Solution frightened not a few children born in the late 70's-early 80's. Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveler is pretty bold in its concept and features such 80's cliches such as the "cool kid in sunglasses", "the nerdy hypochondriac", and "post-colonial interest in both China and Australia". It also had Rufus Wainwright writing cheezy songs. QUINT: If you need yet another series of articles based on a clever concept, start looking up what the roster was on the Disney Channel for the mid-to-late 80's, especially around Halloween. That had tons of weird stuff. Mr Boogedy and Bride of Boogedy was pretty messed up stuff for kids and even if it doesn't hold up, it's cool to trace the pedigree of those ideas, which was to make a family friendly 80's horror movie. Peanut Butter Solution has some slight Fright Night vibes in my opinion.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Never understood why they changed the ending from the book

    by KilliK

    what was the point of that? wouldnt have been better to leave a hint for a sequel movie,since the book had also a sequel story?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    If Snyder remade the movie,he probably would have

    by KilliK

    replaced the squid with a nuclear bomb ready to detonate.its more realistic that way and less ridiculous.yep.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Disney's golden age was EVEN STEVENS and LIZZIE MCGUIRE

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    ... which spawned from FLASH FORWARD.

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Before jaws...

    by Powerring

    The two coolest fucking things in the ocean was the nautilus and the giant squid.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Ok - I just fucking LOVE THAT!


    Seriously! I'm way gay in love with that. That's just 7 kinds of awesome wrapped in tortilla of killer cool.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Godzilla VS Mecha-Squidula

    by UltraTron

    Always my favorite. Smog monster freaked me out but Mecha-Squidula and the shogun warriors Mecha-Squidula toy had me at hello.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Quint! Shit you're young, (but I already knew that...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... didn't I? You're a Disney Channel baby?! <p> Hello?: "Wonderful World of Color"? 60ies & 70ies? Tinkerbell flyin' all over the goddamn place, fireworks over Cinderella's castle? Micky and Donald and Ludwig Van Drake shorts? Pluto? <p> Davey Crockett, The Love Bug, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Blackbeard, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, The Aristocats, Ring of Bright Water, Pollyanna, Swiss Family Robinson, Mary Poppins, Pete's Dragon, Ol' Yeller?!!!!!! Etc ect etc? Come on! <p> It... all... seems... so... long... ago...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Even though the sunset attack looked bad

    by Toilet_Terror

    it was kind of a cool concept. I also like how they got around shooting miniatures in anamorphic - the sub was built half-scale horizontally and shot sperical. <p>It's amazing the level of imagination that's required when you have so many limitations, and how unimaginative most work is now that there are fewer.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    sperical=spherical goddamnit

    by Toilet_Terror

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST


    by canucklehead

    This is an amazing thing you've got going on, this a particular hilight. Awesome shit.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST




  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:20 a.m. CST


    by NippleEffect

    just love that movie

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Close to the best BTS

    by tiggr009

    Love it! Keep em' coming.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Not gay in love with it - I won't let the film near my pooper - but I love it just the same. But for some reason I'm now hungry for a tortilla of killer cool. Sounds nummy. <p>I absoluely love this film though and wish they'd give it a blu ray release. Peter Lorre, Kirk Douglas, and JAMES FUCKING MASON? I'm SO there!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Quint, what is it with you and Sea Monsters?

    by Ray Gamma

    Traumatic childhood experience or something?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Not knocking Mad Men, as I've not seen it,

    by Dingbatty

    but AMC used to be better, as well.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Disney channel died...

    by darthvedder81

    ...when they ceased being a "premium" channel. Remember those "free preview" weeks they'd have a couple times a year? I was in heaven when those came around. Hell, the first time I saw "Star Wars" was on the Disney channel during a preview.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Loved that movie as a kid

    by reagon

    I was 4 in 1974 and I remember my parents giving me one of those coffee table books that you got on sale at Waldenbooks and it had a heavy dark blue jacket and it was full of all this artwork from the Disney films. I remember 20,000 leagues was one of the newer films in it. It had these beautiful stills of the Nautilus set and close ups of Nemo's organ and it just blew me away. I still think of that book when I see the movie.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Golden age of pirate satellite

    by reagon

    My parents used to have one of those giant satellite dishes and we picked up Nickelodeon, Disney and Fox when they literally turned on the switch at the network for the first time. I remember Fox used to be nothing but a satellite feed for 21 Jump street and A Current Affair. Nickelodeon didn't have much more than Turkey TV. I remember there being a lot of DTV on the Disney channel.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST

    'ello beastie

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST


    by Johnny Wishbone

    Does that make me cool?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Didn't Fox also have Tracy Ullman and

    by Dingbatty

    that Werewolf show?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST


    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST


    by Gorgomel

    haunted my nightmares as a kid. Still remember this vicious orcas attack!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Richard Fleischer made an odd bunch of films

    by L. Ron Bumquist

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Wow, a studio decision that actually made sense.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Disney Channel is still great, in half hour bursts...

    by DiscoGodfather

    ...titled "Phineas & Ferb". One of the five best comedies--that's right, the WHOLE FUCKING GENRE--on television.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Like the expression on Mason's mug.

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    "Huh? 'Giant Squid'? Where, old chap?"

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:20 a.m. CST

    He should start eating it. The man eating the squid.

    by CreasyBear


  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Very cool

    by The McPoyle Clan

    In 50 years, a piece such as this probably won't even be possible unless one finds pictures of geeks in front of monitors, or actors in front of green screens interesting.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Giant Squid

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Where's the lion

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    There's always a bigger squid

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    the Disney channel for me was...

    by slickerynodes

    the Apple Dumpling Gang on Sunday nights. and only sunday nights. i'm getting up there

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    "close ups of Nemo's organ "

    by DocPazuzu

    Those sick Disney fucks. Think of the children!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    See now THAT makes me wanna work in movies

    by belasco_house

    Not green-screen!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by lochkray

    Okay, you provided the funniest line on the internet I've read today, when you praised the book and its "...close ups of Nemo's organ." Anyway, great movie, great photo, and Skyway Motors is right in his pre-disney channel nostalgia for Disney's Wonderful World of Colour. That was when Disney had real magic...and apparently a binding contract with a young Kurt Russell.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    (Bit late though, obviously)

    by belasco_house

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    One of Peter Lorre's Later Movies

    by Aquatarkusman

    I think his sailor pants were hitched up to around his armpits.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    When they remake this..

    by son_of_ebert

    They should replace the squid with some blue light.. that would be awesome..

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST


    by bah

    My favorite part of old school Disney Channel was DTV, where they edited old cartoons into music videos. Crappy music selection, generally, but I was amused by the editing.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    You still here Jehovas_Witness?

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    Still posting inane bullshit? Have a rest 'dear' boy. More time for your child fucking activities! Know what I mean?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Probably not.

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Don't you wish

    by ndally

    I live in Canada and we have a station called "teletoon retro" which airs Batman TAS, yogi bear-all the Hanna Barbara stuff I fucking love the channel but part of my wishes they would air old school commercials with the shows. Sounds retarded but man nothing more awesome than my childhood memories watching cartoons and commercials of the time we're half of that. You can actually find commercials from mid-late 80s and early 90s that were taped on YouTube. It's crazy watch and closest to a time machine that I will get. Once you start getting older the lure of Peter Pan really kicks in. Nostaglia is my enemey sometimes.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Black Hole

    by lochkray

    Disney's The Black Hole was a reworking of this movie (or, more correctly, book). Great concept there, with good effects, but poor execution. I have no real need to see a remake of 20000 Leagues, but I'd love to see a Black Hole remake. With Ewan McGregor as the voice of Vincent. And Dwayne Johnson painted red as Maxamillian. And Ernest Borgnine as Ernest Borgnine. That would be cool. And all done with practical effects (I'll accept computer removal of wires, and the occassional digital matt painting, but that's it).

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    "Spericle" TT?

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    U is da professah!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Jehovahs_Witness

    No, I'm not sure what you mean? You're suggesting I should fuck children in my free time? Is that what you do? Must be why you took so much offense to my bringing attention to the pedophile beard. I'll pass, thanks.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    I was do excited when I put 2 and 2 together and...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...discovered that the Klingon prison planet from Star Trek VI is named after the island from 20'000 Leagues Under The Sea.<p> It's such a nerdy thing to get excited about, no?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Are you drunk again?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    What's today? Wednesday?

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    I abstain from alcohol today.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    I'm nice when I'm drunk

    by Jehovahs_Witness

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Circa 2008 if I'm not mistaken ...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Believe it or not BSB.....

    by Jehovahs_Witness real life, I'm actually a really nice guy. Too nice, in fact. Always going out of my way to help people. It's my Achilles heel.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    James Mason almost died in that scene

    by EvilEvolutionist

    From what I understand, during the night time reshoot, James Mason was dragged underneath the water and very nearly drowned. He recalled it was one of the most terrifying experiences of his movie career.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Nothing else matters.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    And my eyes...I'm nice here, too....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ...just much more honest. I think honesty is a form of compassion, though...depending on how it's conducted. Others see it as cruelty. It's just different paradigms. It's like if a close friend of yours has an annoying habit that prevents him from getting laid, a true friend lets him know. Bad friends say nothing.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That's my approach to Kobe too. But no amount of help will get that guy laid.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by paburrows

    Ether that or like FF 2 they could replace it with a huge cloud.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Disney Channel still plays Disney/Pixar Movies and

    by Spacezilla

    they play classic Mickey Mouse cartoons every single morning. That is a fact. If you had kids you would have known this. But haters have to hate even when they don't know what the fuck they are mad about. Mad about something that isn't true is fucking bat shit nuts.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Who let Shelly Winters on the set ???

    by mr dark

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    I though it was about John Houston's MOBY DICK

    by AsimovLives

    That's an octopus, not a whale! I don't give a damn about the expression, the title would imply a movie about whales, ence, John Houston's movie version of MOBY DICK. I was mislead.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Son of a...the squid wasn't real? WTF?

    by SoylentMean

    That is one helluva movie. I also have a soft spot for Swiss Family Robinson, which was just adventure candy to me as a kid.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Aint that the truth? Most new filmamkers today make movies that look like casting reels for Jerry Bruckheimer.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    A remake of 20000? you can bet your ass

    by KilliK

    that Nemo will be replaced with a WASP character,played by Crowe or Gibson.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    What's 20000?

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Just how young is Quint?

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Marvelous picture, though. Keep up the good work. This series is the best thing on AICN these days.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    That's the title of the remake. Just "20000"...

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Rad pic, and that was Disney channel back in the day

    by JT Kirk

    Man, that movie kicked so much ass, if they rereleased it today in theaters it'd STILL kick ass. It's got this perfect moodiness, perfect tone, perfect soundtrack, and it's just so damned unique. I really want to see Disney release this in theaters, blu-ray would be great but seeing the Nautilus up on the big screen again would be choice.<p>As for the Disney Channel, I remember it being that way as well, it was a lot more interesting and enjoyable, a good mix of classic cartoons and Disney entertainment. And it wasn't the hyperactive mess it is now.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    The squid attack...

    by Baryonyx the best sequence Disney ever did (but a close contender for the title would be the suits-of-armor-versus-German-soldiers sequence in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.)

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Nemo's crew

    by Grand Moff Toht

    If Nemo had gotten his crew from Naples, Italy, that calamari wouldn't have had a chance... That battle would've been over presto presto!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Surprised no one's mentioned...

    by Grand Moff Toht

    James Mason actually played a pedophile, but without a beard.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Peter Lorre

    by Grand Moff Toht

    One of the creepiest in cinema history. Also played a pedo murderer.