The Legend of the Titanic
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Directed byOrlando Corradi
Kim J. Ok
Written byCelelia Castaldo
Loris Peota
StarringJane Alexander
Francis Pardeilhan
Gregory Snegoff
Sean Patrick Lovett
Edited byEmanuelle Fogelietti
Music byJohn Sposito (Gianni Sposito)
Production
companies
Distributed byMondo TV
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
84 minutes
CountriesNorth Korea
Spain
Italy
United States
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The Legend of the Titanic (Spanish: La leyenda del Titanic, Italian: La leggenda del Titanic) is a 1999 animated fantasy film directed by Orlando Corradi and Kim J. Ok.[4] The film is a very loose adaptation of the RMS Titanic sinking and featured several fantasy elements such as anthropomorphic animals.[5][6]

The Legend of the Titanic was followed by a 2004 sequel titled Tentacolino and a 2011 television series Fantasy Island (not to be confused with the popular 1977-1984 fantasy drama of the same name).[7]

Plot

In modern-day New York City, an old mouse named Connors tells his grandchildren the supposedly "true" story of the RMS Titanic, after discouraging one of his grandchildren from playing with a shark whistle.

In April 1912, Connors was a young sailor mouse on the Titanic's maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. He is in charge of taking account for the mice who are making the trip through various maritime protocols. A young mouse from Recife, Brazil named Ronny who enjoys playing soccer befriends Connors, who also falls in love with Ronny's sister Stella. Meanwhile, a rich aristocratic woman named Elizabeth, her family (such as her father, the Duke of Camden), and a young Romani-Spanish man named Don Juan (who also falls in love with Elizabeth following Smiley taking her glove and passing it to him) board the Titanic, which immediately sets off.

Connors and Ronny learn all about what's going on with Elizabeth by their observations during their trips throughout the ship's ventilation system. They are appalled by the way Elizabeth is being badly treated, with her family insisting she marries to a posh whaling mogul named Everard Maltravers, and decide to help her. When Elizabeth goes to the bow of the ship that night, some dolphins begin communicating with her, explaining its possibility through magic moonbeams catching her tears as they fell into the water. They tell her of a conspiracy by her fiancee Maltravers, as he wishes to marry her just to get permission from her father to have global access to the oceans for his whaling operations. Maltravers' manservant Geoffreys is ordered to spy on Elizabeth's activities and uses the same whistle from the present story at the stern of the ship to call a jail attire-wearing shark named Mr. Ice, asking him to arrange the destruction of the ship.

Connors and Ronny introduce themselves to Elizabeth and offer to help her. Listening to their advice, Elizabeth tells her father she doesn't want to marry Maltravers, to which he accepts, despite having insisted she marry Maltravers earlier. Meanwhile, Don Juan's Rough Collie dog Smiley tries to look for Elizabeth to cheer up a love-sick Juan, meeting Connors and Ronny while at it, who help to arrange a meeting and dance for Elizabeth and Juan.

Elizabeth tells her father that she wants to marry Juan, and he agrees. Having failed to achieve their wedding plan, Elizabeth's stepmother and Maltravers decide to resort to drastic measures. They decide to hold Elizabeth's father up at gunpoint, force him to sign the whaling concession and tie him up. Meanwhile, Mr. Ice and his gang of sharks prepare to sink the Titanic. Geoffreys asks the radio man to send an urgent wire from Maltravers to his whaling ships by telegraph, but the mice chew apart the wires to stop it from being sent.

Ice and his gang of sharks fool a giant octopus named Tentacles into heaving an iceberg to the surface of the ocean. The Titanic crashes into the iceberg, during which Maltravers and his entourage flee the ship in a lifeboat. In order to fix the telegraph wires, the mice enlist the help of a French mouse named Camembert, who insist they tie the wires to his moustache, seemingly electrocuting him to death.

Elizabeth and Juan manage to save her father and escort him to a lifeboat. Suddenly, several whales and dolphins arrive to help with the rescue, while a guilt-ridden but determined Tentacles tries to hold the bow and the stern together as they are splitting apart, and keep the ship on the surface for as long as possible. Elizabeth, Juan, Connors, Ronny, and Smiley jump off the Titanic into the sea and are saved by a whale. Once everyone on the ship has been saved, the Titanic finally sinks, taking Tentacles with it and seemingly crushing him. In the morning, the passengers are taken aboard the RMS Carpathia. The said ship arrives in New York and disembarks the passengers. Elizabeth and Juan are married, as are Connors and Stella. It is revealed that Tentacles and Camembert have actually both survived. Everyone celebrate at the Brooklyn Bridge, congratulating Tentacles for saving everyone.

The film ends with old Connors and Stella back in modern-day New York and Connors telling his grandchildren that whales are still hunted, and that they must do whatever they can to stop the whaling scheme at all costs. Stella ends off the film by telling the grandchildren: "Your grandfather loves to tell stories, but like all sailors, you shouldn't take him too seriously."

Cast

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Legend of Titanic (1999)". Allmovie.
  2. ^ "The Legend of Titanic". The Big Cartoon DataBase.
  3. ^ "La leggenda del Titanic". johnsposito.it. John Sposito official page.
  4. ^ MUBI
  5. ^ "It's the Titanic All Over Again". Manila Standard. Jun 24, 2002. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ Renzetti, Jackie. "Not Your Cameron's "Titanic"". The Minnesota Daily. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Mondo tv S.P.A - LIBRARY FANTASY ISLAND". www.mondotv.it. Archived from the original on 2014-10-19.