The Island at the Top of the World

Infobox Film
name = The Island at the Top of the World

image_size =
imdb_id = 0071671
amg_id = 1:25455
caption = Promotional poster for "The Island at the Top of the World"
director = Robert Stevenson
producer = Winston Hibler
writer = Ian Cameron "(novel)"
John Whedon "(screenplay)"
starring = David Hartman
Donald Sinden
Jacques Marin
music = Maurice Jarre
cinematography = Frank V. Phillips
editing = Robert Stafford
distributor = Buena Vista Distribution
released = 16 December, 1974
runtime = 93 mins
country = United States
language = English

"The Island at the Top of the World" is a 1974 film starring David Hartman and Donald Sinden.


A Victorian Englishman named Sir Anthony Ross (Donald Sinden), hastily arranges an expedition to the Arctic to 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 airship named 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 Award nomination 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.

Cultural references

Disneyland Paris

The Hyperion airship was recreated at Disneyland Resort Paris in 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.

Cast list

*David Hartman - Prof. Ivarsson
*Donald Sinden - Sir Anthony Ross
*Jacques Marin - Captain Brieux
*Mako - Oomiak
*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

ee also

Hyperion airship

External links

*imdb title|0071671
* [ Ultimate Disney on the film]

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