The Island at the Top of the World (1974). "Have you met my son Donald".
Join us this week for a journey to the unknown, a journey filled with very important distinguished gentlemen, a ladder climbing poodle, and don't forget those curiously sized orcas. This week on Disney Odd Pod it's Island at the Top of the World.
Storyline :An Edwardian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret.
Directors: Robert Stevenson
Writers: John Whedon(screenplay) and Donald G. Payne(novel "The Lost Ones")
Stars: David Hartman, Mako, Donald Sinden, and Agneta Eckemyr
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar : Best Art Direction and Set Direction
Film Budget: $8,000,000
Gross Worldwide: Unknown
Another epic score for one of disney's live action classics.
Adventure Beyond Imagination - But Not Beyond Facts
A replica of the Hyperion airship from the movie was planned for the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California in an unrealized section called Discovery Bay. The original plan was to have the blimp fly out from a replica from this film of Captain Brieux (Jacques Marin)'s hangar. Designs for this attraction were adapted for use in the Discoveryland section at the Disneyland Resort Paris theme park where a replica of the film's French dirigible is an attraction.
Despite Ivarsson's claim that the Vikings speak old Norse, they actually speak modern Scandinavian. The Vikings are played by Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Icelandic actors using their native languages.
The geographical location of Astragard, the island at the top of the world in the movie, is located due north of Ellesmere Island aka Crocker Land aka Umingmak Nuna, the latter of which is from the Inuit language and means "Land of Muskox".
The film received an an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration but lost to The Godfather: Part II (1974).
The Island at the Top of the World in the movie's source Donald G. Payne (as Ian Cameron) 1961 novel "The Lost Ones" was Prince Patrick Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in the western region of the Queen Elizabeth Islands in Canada's Northwest Territories.
Don't sleep on this one. It's a lot of fun and we highly recommend checking it out on Disney+
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