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Posted: May 21, 2003 8:49 am/pm Quote

By Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The director of the Disney classic recalls Captain Nemo, the Nautilus and an uncooperative giant squid.

Director Richard Fleischer never thought he would work for Walt Disney. His father, animator Max Fleischer, was Disney's greatest competitor, having created such beloved cartoon characters as Betty Boop and Popeye.

So Fleischer was shocked when he received a call half a century ago from Disney asking him to direct the studio's lavish live-action adaptation of the Jules Verne adventure, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."

"It was really stunning to me," Fleischer recalls. "I went up and met him and he offered me this giant picture. It was a great opportunity for me. I said, 'You do know who I am?' He said, 'Of course, that doesn't make any difference to me.' "

Fleischer, though, was curious why Disney decided to "select me of all people to direct this picture?" Disney, says Fleischer, told him he had seen a picture he had directed called "The Happy Time" with Bobby Driscoll, the child star who had appeared in several Disney films, including "Song of the South" and "Treasure Island."

"He said, 'Anybody who can make an actor out of Bobby Driscoll has got to be a great director.' Those were his exact words!"

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Posted: May 22, 2003 8:48 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

All three mouses in our house love the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea DVD! Really, really, really good stuff!

The film's restoration is superb, and there are many extra features that make this DVD an outstanding entertainment product. It is definitely worth owning. It sounds great, too, so crank those speakers up! Besides the great movie, the production on this DVD is even better than the outstanding "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" DVD. "20K" Special Edition just came out Tuesday on DVD as a 2-DVD set.

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