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Splash (1983)."I suppose you're just some harmless beachcomber who happens to wear a TUXEDO.."

This week...ladies you heard it here first...the secret to instant true love. 

Step 1 : Be born a mermaid or some other mythological non human

Step 2 : Stalk a man in NYC

Step 3: Pretend to not speak english

Step 4: Be naked 

Step 5 : Get down

Yep that's it! True love step by step.  Men are easy.  Well everyone's easy here in this 1984 classic film Splash. We have a lot of thoughts about this one and are delighted to discuss John Candy, men's ideal version of love, and the rise of Eugene Levy. All this and more this week on Disney Odd Pod. 

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Storyline :Allen Bauer is rescued from drowning as a young boy off Cape Cod by a young mermaid. Years later, he returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by the mermaid (Allen isn't sure what he has seen and what he has imagined). Using maps from a sunken ship, the mermaid decides to search for Allen in New York City, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Allen, they fall in love, but she has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet.


Directors: Ron Howard


Writers: Brian Grazer, Bruce Jay Friedman and Lowell Ganz


Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy and John Candy


Awards: 2 Wins & 10 Nominations


Film Budget: $11,000,000

Gross Worldwide: $69,821,334

 

It wouldn't be an early 80s movie without this type of ballad.



 

Allen Bauer thought he would never find the right woman... he was only half wrong!

  1. Credited with introducing the girl's name Madison, which has since become one of the most popular names for newborn girls in the early 21st century.

  2. Ariel in The Little Mermaid (1989) was originally blonde, but was made a redhead to look different from Madison.

  3. Robert Short is credited as the man behind the mermaid costume. He initially pictured the mermaid with a dolphin-esque tail as it would make "biological sense", but Ron Howard rejected the design insisting on a more tropical look. Short eventually created a tail based on koi fish. He would later admit that this was a genius idea since "you lose a lot of color underwater" the red tail stood out more.

  4. Daryl Hannah swam with the mermaid tail so fast that her safety team could not keep pace with her.

  5. The scene at the racquetball court, where John Candy serves and the ball hits him in the head, was done in one take.

 

We were very pleased that most of the Touchstone movies are now on Disney+ (as they should be)

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