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  • The Island at the Top of the World is a 1974 Disney entry which, like Mary Poppins, is directed by Robert Stevenson. The film is based on a novel by Ian Cameron entitled The Lost Ones; a rather good adventure book for older kids featuring Arctic exploration, lost civilisations and the usual derring-do in the Jules Verne mould.
    The film alters the book’s modern day setting, shifting events back to Edwardian times, but otherwise remains relatively faithful to its source material. It has somewhat divided critics over the years… some have been harsh towards the film, dismissing it as old-fashioned and dull, while others have praised it as a rousing exploration adventure. In all fairness this is one of the better live-action movies from the Disney folks and certainly doesn’t deserve to be on the receiving end of any negative buzz.

    The Island at the Top of the World benefits from solid performances, an interesting and exciting plot and an unusual setting. Only the weak special effects let it down in places, with obvious back projection work during the airship sequences and a rather fake-looking volcanic eruption at the climax.
    Sinden is handed a rare leading role as Sir Anthony and seizes the opportunity with a convincingly stubborn, stiff upper-lipped performance. Good support is provided by Hartman as the accompanying Norse expert, Marin as the slightly ‘cuckoo’ French captain, and Japanese character-actor Mako who plays a friendly Eskimo hoodwinked into joining the expedition.

  • The Island at the Top of the World benefits from solid performances, an interesting and exciting plot and an unusual setting. Only the weak special effects let it down in places, with obvious back projection work during the airship sequences and a rather fake-looking volcanic eruption at the climax.
    Sinden is handed a rare leading role as Sir Anthony and seizes the opportunity with a convincingly stubborn, stiff upper-lipped performance. Good support is provided by Hartman as the accompanying Norse expert, Marin as the slightly ‘cuckoo’ French captain, and Japanese character-actor Mako who plays a friendly Eskimo hoodwinked into joining the expedition.

    The Island at the Top of the World is a 1974 Disney entry which, like Mary Poppins, is directed by Robert Stevenson. The film is based on a novel by Ian Cameron entitled The Lost Ones; a rather good adventure book for older kids featuring Arctic exploration, lost civilisations and the usual derring-do in the Jules Verne mould.
    The film alters the book’s modern day setting, shifting events back to Edwardian times, but otherwise remains relatively faithful to its source material. It has somewhat divided critics over the years… some have been harsh towards the film, dismissing it as old-fashioned and dull, while others have praised it as a rousing exploration adventure. In all fairness this is one of the better live-action movies from the Disney folks and certainly doesn’t deserve to be on the receiving end of any negative buzz.

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    Island At The Top of the World by Ian Cameron1
    The Mountains at the Bottom of the World by Ian Cameron2

  • THE ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD -
    Rated G
    Copyright 1974 Walt Disney Productions
    Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 7 April 2002

    The Characters:  

    • Professor Ivarsson - Archeologist, interpreter, and an expert at unraveling legendary mysteries. All around, this is the best guy to have on your team when discovering a lost viking colony.
    • Sir Anthony Ross - A bossy Englishman who has a nasty predilection for kidnapping. He must own a shipping business.
    • Captain Brieux - Inventor and pilot of a wondrous flying machine: the Hyperion. Darn proud of being French too.
    • Oomiak - Eskimo and master of hyperbole. I kept waiting for him to entertain us with tales of the days of high adventure.
    • Donald Ross - Okay, a fellow could do worse than find himself in a land brimming with blonde Scandinavian maidens.
    • Freyja - And here is a blonde Scandinavian maiden now...
    • The Godin - Freaky religious leader of the viking colony. His ability to outrun a burning hydrogen airship was lacking, so the Law of Natural Selection said he had to go (it is not always a fair statute).

    If you’re looking for a family movie that is entertaining and well-made – but perhaps something a bit different from the norm – look no further. The Island at the Top of the World fits the bill and then some.

The Island at the Top of the World (1974)

If you asked me to give an example of a Disney film that is of the adventure genre, I would have to say: The Island at the Top of the World.