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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’ve featured 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea before and with the cool shots I have from this flick you bet your best anchor tattoo I’ll feature it again!

The indelible image from this film is of Kirk Douglas battling the giant squid, an effect revolutionary at the time and still a ton of fun (created by the man who brought Bruce to life in Jaws, no less). This shot in particular is a favorite of mine and shows just how massive the production really was.

Enjoy the pic and click for an even bigger squid!



Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic, should you choose to accept it, will self destruct in 5 seconds!

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  • March 20, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST



    Kirk "Fucking!" Douglas vs a giant squid!!!

  • March 20, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by bdc777

    Great film. Kirk Douglas never got the respect he deserved as an actor. Lonely are the Brave, Paths of Glory, and Lust For Life should have done so.

  • March 20, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Not First.

    by bdc777

    Sorry Harry.

  • March 20, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST


    by Anakin_Piecocker

  • March 20, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Animating Bruce is nothing to brag about.

    by ROBRAM89

  • March 20, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    arrr thar be thy mighty squid

    by HornyForHarry

  • March 20, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Harrty wasn't "first," he was "0." ;)

    by eXcommunicated

  • March 20, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Now THAT is awesome

    by _Venkman

    On level with the Space Jockey set

  • March 20, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    I love this movie but i hated how they changed the ending

    by KilliK

    from the original book.And yeah animating Bruce is not something to be proud of.

  • March 20, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    The is one helluva behind the scenes pic

    by ChezKing

    One of, if not, the best you've posted, Quint.

  • March 20, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    who brought the motor?

    by deelzbub

  • March 20, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by eXcommunicated

  • March 20, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    that's a fuckin

    by talby

    OMG moment right there!

  • March 20, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    True Story

    by DarthMusashi2112

    When they originally filmed this scene, it was during a calm sea with no storm effects. Everyone agreed it wasn't turning out so great, then Walt Disney happened to stop by. The director Richard Fleischer explained the problem to Walt and Walt came up with the idea of turning it into a fight during a storm at sea...and the rest, as they say, is history.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    excellent picture

    by frank cotton

    that's a keeper

  • March 20, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    One of the few classic films

    by proevad

    that i have yet to see. fantastic pic.

  • March 21, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    been listening to "Whale of a Tale" all weekend

    by George Newman

    this is a good note to begin the week on.

  • March 21, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Darth--that's what the previous 20,000 pic was from

    by George Newman

    it's a photo from the daytime shoot, and Quint recounted that very story. I think if that sequence remained in its original poor state, we wouldn't treasure it like we do today

  • March 21, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Photo Is Not Kirk Douglas...

    by Bandit Darville

    ...but instead, James Mason as Captain Nemo. Footage of this shot can be seen during the first episode of "Disneyland" in 1954. Geeks Live For Minutia

  • March 21, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    None The Less...

    by Bandit Darville

    ...Awesome Photo! Thank you, Quint!

  • March 21, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST

    They must have used...

    by Ricky Retardo

    ...a shitload of tartar sauce when they ate that squid.

  • March 21, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Calamari For EVERYONE!

    by Cheif Brody

    Sweet Pic, Quint!! Maybe the best one yet. <p> BTW, I think Quint was simply noting that Robert Mattey had a hand in the production & operation of BOTH these iconic film sea creatures. He never used the word "animating". <p> Love or hate Bruce's "performance"... getting any humongous, heavy practical effect to work properly in salt water is a major feat in itself. Especially with the limitations of the technology available back in the 50's and 70's respectively. <p> No matter how you slice it, both creatures accomplished what they were designed to do... scare the shit out of the audience. <p> Enjoy these salty practical effects now, mateys... you can bet that any movie set on the high seas featuring sea life from here on out will ALWAYS be done with CGI. <p> 20000 Leagues and Jaws are the finest examples that filming practical "creatures from the deep" is extremely costly and will put you over budget and way behind schedule fast. <p> A tip o' the hat to you, Bob... for attempting the impossible... and getting away with it!

  • March 21, 2011, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Fleischer deserves more respect

    by palimpsest


  • March 21, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    "We're going to need a bigger submarine..."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Wow, that is one bigass squid model. Fucking super-cool. Is this my favorite Disney live-action movie? Could be.

  • March 21, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by Aaron

    The part where the dude comes over to check on the boys in the pond and then gets knocked into the water by the shark? Then you see the head, still underwater, coming up to grab him? Still horrifying. Impossible to duplicate with CGI. Never going to happen.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I agree, Zurenarrh... Completely.

    by Cheif Brody

    However, all you need to do is watch SyFy schlock like "Mega Shark vs Giant Squid", "Dino Croc vs Super Gator" or even that Sam Jackson turd "Deep Blue Sea" to see that CGI is used every time to try and recreate that awesome "Jaws pond" scene...and all of them fail miserably. <p> It's just a fact that CGI sea creatures are way less expensive to pull off...and we'll likely never see another practical-effect giant sea monster utilized in film again. <p> My God...those SyFy movies... The CGI performances in those make Bruce's performance in "Jaws" look like Sir Lawrence Olivier...with razor sharp teeth! <p> I live in I'm over at Universal 3 or 4 times a year... and 9 times out of 10 when I go... the "Jaws" ride is CLOSED. Apparently, it's a "seasonal" ride... Bullshit. The daily grind of those hydraulic sharks lunging at tourists takes it's toll. If that thing ran 24/7/365...Those sharks would just fall apart completely. I've been there many times when the ride is "in season" and it was closed. <p> It's just a sad fact. "Animating" a practical creature effect in water is almost as impossible to pull off as TRAINING a real shark or squid to do the performance! Which, funny enough, was an idea that was actually explored when Bruce refused to hit his marks while filming "Jaws". Ron and Valerie Taylor, who oversaw all the LIVE shark underwater filming sequences for "Jaws" told the producers flatly...You can't train a shark to do anything. The fact that they got the real great white footage tearing up Hooper's cage believably was in their opinion...a lucky fluke. <p> The trade off is that even though the shark they filmed looked nothing like Bruce (and didn't even have the previously fired barrell harpoons in place) mattered not. That LIVE shark's performance was so breathtaking, our suspension of disbelief went right out the window. <p> "Jaws" and "20000 Leagues" are the films they are today because of those "happy accidents". Disney stopping by to suggest a sea storm to help mask the fake squid, that cage attack scene...Just pure movie magic.

  • March 21, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Now that's awesome.

    by disfigurehead

    Classic film.

  • March 21, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    cheif brody

    by Aaron

    Hah, I'm in St. Pete. I went to Universal for my last birthday (May) and the goddamn ride was closed. I was a bit pissed. Next to Terminator 3-D it's one of the few old school rides left there. I think ET is still there, but that was always stupid. BTTF's gone, KING KONG done, EARTHQUAKE, The Home video Adventure... I'm depressed and getting older. There's just something horrifying about Bruce that I cannot properly express--obviously, a lot of it has to do with the fact that he was REAL, in the frame, and moved like a real thing would in real gravity with real weight. I can't stand how fluid and weightless CGI creatures are. Shit doesn't move like that in real life when it's big and heavy. Of course, real sharks do, but therein lies the obstacle, I suppose. I had a lot of bad dreams when I was little because of JAWS.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    "Are you telling me we're 20,000 LEEEEEEEAGUES under the SEEEEEEEEEA?"

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Phil Hartman!

  • March 21, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST


    by Cheif Brody

    St. Pete boy here myself. Born and raised. <p> Saw "Jaws" 16 times in the theater the summer it came out, sometimes in back to back viewings...just loitered in the lobby after the movie ended...and wandered back in for the next show. Even snuck a cassette recorder in one time and audio taped the movie (on 4 cassettes!!) so I could listen to it at home. I was 10. <p> After "Jaws II", I built my OWN Bruce in my backyard outta painted canvas and chicken wire. Got it to semi-float with milk cartons strapped inside the body. It was only half a shark, really...from the nose to just past the dorsal (Just like one of the versions of Bruce used in the movie). <p> Only got it in the water a coupla times (off Coquina Key and again off Ft. DeSoto)...scared a few people who boated past me and thought I was actually swimming with a 15 foot shark! Hardest part was getting the mouth and teeth to look realistic. <p> And...Guess what? It finally just fell apart. Still have pics of it though. Needless to say, "Jaws" had a very big affect on me. Still does. I probably quote a line from the movie once or twice a week... People just look at me like I'm insane. <p> BTW...Channel 8 just ran a promo for their 11pm news. Apparently a real great white was filmed off the coast of Florida today...swimming near a small boat...Just like the pond scene from "Jaws"!

  • March 21, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Sorry...It was just a huge Basking shark.

    by Cheif Brody

    Not a great white. 25 feet least. Totally dwarfed the dude in the 14 foot kayak just above him. Great video though. <p>