The Island at the Top of the World
name = The Island at the Top of the World
imdb_id = 0071671
amg_id = 1:25455
caption = Promotional poster for "The Island at the Top of the World"
director = Robert Stevenson
writer = Ian Cameron "(novel)"
starring = David Hartman
Donald Sinden Jacques Marin
Frank V. Phillips
Buena Vista Distribution
16 December, 1974
runtime = 93 mins
language = English
A Victorian Englishman named Sir Anthony Ross (
Donald Sinden), hastily arranges an expedition to the Arcticto search for his lost son. His son had become lost on a whaling expedition to find a fabled island where whales go to die.
Sir Anthony employs the talents of an archeologist Professor Iverson (
David Hartman) and Captain Brieux ( Jacques Marin), who pilots the expedition in a Jules Vernesque French airshipnamed Hyperion.
Upon reaching the Arctic, the expedition discovers an uncharted island occupied by a lost civilization of
Vikings, cut off from the rest of the world for centuries.
The film was based on the novel "The Lost Ones", written by Ian Cameron, set in the location of
Prince Patrick Island. To tie-in with the film, the novel was re-issued with the same title. There were several changes from the book to the film. The book was set in 1960, but the film is set in 1907. Extra characters are added to the book, as well as the use of the airship.
The film was produced by
Walt Disney Pictures, and in a family based-package was accompanied by " Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!." The film received an Academy Awardnomination for its set decoration.
The film contains a score by well known film composer Maurice Jarre.
To accompany the film release, Disney released a story record album containing audio clips from the film, an 11-page illustrated booklet and narration by Thurl Ravenscroft.
Hyperion airshipwas recreated at Disneyland Resort Parisin the Discoveryland area of the park, and was at its time in 1992 considered as the largest prop ever at any Disney theme park.
Hyperion is a brand used by Disney for publishing endeavours, from the early 1990s. Disney had a studio on Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles early in their history.
David Hartman- Prof. Ivarsson
Donald Sinden- Sir Anthony Ross
Jacques Marin- Captain Brieux
David Gwillim- Donald Ross
Agneta Eckemyr- Freyja
Gunnar Öhlund- The Godi (as Gunnar Ohlund)
Lasse Kolstad- Erik
Erik Silju- Torvald
Rolf Søder- The Lawspeaker
Torsten Wahlund- Sven
Sverre Anker Ousdal- Gunnar (as Sverre Ousdal)
Niels Hinrichsen- Sigurd
Denny Miller- Town Guard
Brendan Dillon- The Factor
* [http://www.ultimatedisney.com/islandatthetop.html Ultimate Disney on the film]
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