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Operation Undersea 

Walt Disney tells the history of the exploration of the sea.


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Episode credited cast:
Walt Disney ... Himself - Host
Winston Hibler Winston Hibler ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirk Douglas ... Himself
Earl Felton Earl Felton ... Himself
Richard Fleischer ... Himself
Til Gabani Til Gabani ... Himself
Peter Lorre ... Himself
Paul Lukas ... Himself
James Mason ... Himself
Fred Zendar Fred Zendar ... Himself


Through animation the story tells of early man's relationship with the sea. Shifting gears we watch divers explore the ocean floor and the creatures that live there. The filming of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and it's technology is also shown. Written by rharlan58

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Release Date:

8 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Providence Island, Bahamas See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Entertaining "Making of" Show
10 March 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

"A one-hour commercial presented as entertainment:" That's what Disney's competing movie producers called episodes like this. In truth, it was all commercials. If the show wasn't pushing 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, like this episode, or some other Disney movie, it was showing clips from older Disney cartoons, keeping them current for rerelease into the theaters, or letting you know about the wonders of Disneyland. It was a fabulous example of cross-marketing. Walt understood, though, that he had to make the TV show as interesting as possible, if only to keep those people watching.

And he did. This episode offers some wonderful undersea footage from around the shooting of the picture. It's narrated by Winston Hibbler and children who saw this on their televisions in black & white would be anxious to see it in color on the movie screen. Their parents, too.

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