The Island at the Top of the World Reviews

  • Jan 16, 2021

    Saw this film when I was 10 and loved it. Still do! Great family entertainment! Nothing sophisticated but a lot of fun!

    Saw this film when I was 10 and loved it. Still do! Great family entertainment! Nothing sophisticated but a lot of fun!

  • Aug 21, 2020

    A very good film! I felt thoroughly entertained for the entirety of the 93 minute run time of 'The Island at the Top of the World'. The special effects may have aged in quite funky and mildly chucklesome fashion, but the great adventure elements, pinpoint pacing and terrific cast help the film keep a high footing. Donald Sinden (Ross), David Hartman (Ivarsson) and Jacques Marin (Brieux) are all fantastic in their respective roles, none of them necessarily stand out by themselves but they really do bounce off each other impressively - kudos to the casting. I would've liked a tad more development into Sinden's character and his concurrent decisions, especially with what occurs with Mako (Oomiak). The music is done ably by Maurice Jarre, it adds a strong amount to the onscreen affairs. The premise is enjoyable, thanks to the fact that it keeps moving forward to avoid each location or event becoming repetitive. The final act isn't as great as what proceeds it, though it's still a positive climax. A sequel would've been cool to see, shame it was canned due to a poor box office. In similar terms, I think a current day remake would be excellent - better effects would do this story wonders. A top adventure, give it a watch!

    A very good film! I felt thoroughly entertained for the entirety of the 93 minute run time of 'The Island at the Top of the World'. The special effects may have aged in quite funky and mildly chucklesome fashion, but the great adventure elements, pinpoint pacing and terrific cast help the film keep a high footing. Donald Sinden (Ross), David Hartman (Ivarsson) and Jacques Marin (Brieux) are all fantastic in their respective roles, none of them necessarily stand out by themselves but they really do bounce off each other impressively - kudos to the casting. I would've liked a tad more development into Sinden's character and his concurrent decisions, especially with what occurs with Mako (Oomiak). The music is done ably by Maurice Jarre, it adds a strong amount to the onscreen affairs. The premise is enjoyable, thanks to the fact that it keeps moving forward to avoid each location or event becoming repetitive. The final act isn't as great as what proceeds it, though it's still a positive climax. A sequel would've been cool to see, shame it was canned due to a poor box office. In similar terms, I think a current day remake would be excellent - better effects would do this story wonders. A top adventure, give it a watch!

  • Nov 20, 2019

    Funny how things change, A Disney film that talks about Whaling and Polar bear hunting! Not one of Disneys best, but enjoyable. The acting is a little ott, and slightly camp but an enjoyable dated romp.

    Funny how things change, A Disney film that talks about Whaling and Polar bear hunting! Not one of Disneys best, but enjoyable. The acting is a little ott, and slightly camp but an enjoyable dated romp.

  • Oct 06, 2018

    Boring Disney adventure with cheesy FX.

    Boring Disney adventure with cheesy FX.

  • Sep 06, 2017

    I loved this movie. An explorers son is missing in the arctic, so he hires a balloon to travel there, where they find a lost viking settlement

    I loved this movie. An explorers son is missing in the arctic, so he hires a balloon to travel there, where they find a lost viking settlement

  • Dec 22, 2015

    Disney production film adapted from the book "The Lost Ones" by Donald G. Payne with similar themes to such movies as "Journey To The Center of the Earth" and "In Search of the Castaways" to name a few which the story takes place during the early 1900's when there were no planes or helicopters starring Donald Sinden as wealthy heir Sir Anthony Ross hiring archeologist,Ivarsson to help find his only adult son who was said to have been lost on top of the antarctic where it is said to be no island of any sort to which the son to have disappeared to also called the bay of whales. Along with the voyage also includes a French inventor Captain Brieux (Jacques Marin) of a very unique blimp in which they are going to use in search of Anthony Rose's son.

    Disney production film adapted from the book "The Lost Ones" by Donald G. Payne with similar themes to such movies as "Journey To The Center of the Earth" and "In Search of the Castaways" to name a few which the story takes place during the early 1900's when there were no planes or helicopters starring Donald Sinden as wealthy heir Sir Anthony Ross hiring archeologist,Ivarsson to help find his only adult son who was said to have been lost on top of the antarctic where it is said to be no island of any sort to which the son to have disappeared to also called the bay of whales. Along with the voyage also includes a French inventor Captain Brieux (Jacques Marin) of a very unique blimp in which they are going to use in search of Anthony Rose's son.

  • Dec 22, 2015

    A fun disney film, but not quite a classic.

    A fun disney film, but not quite a classic.

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Dec 18, 2015

    Colorful but best for the kiddies.

    Colorful but best for the kiddies.

  • Jan 20, 2015

    Nostà lgica fantasia de aventuras de la factoria Disney.

    Nostà lgica fantasia de aventuras de la factoria Disney.

  • Jun 05, 2014

    Although not written by Jules Verne, this screen version of Ian Cameron's story is filmed and acted very much in the same film style as many of the Frenchman's big screen adaptations in the latter half of the 20th century. Despite Donald Sinden's characterful and slightly obnoxious Englishman with conviction, the story lacks some clout, although the 'adventure' were subjected to almost makes up for this.

    Although not written by Jules Verne, this screen version of Ian Cameron's story is filmed and acted very much in the same film style as many of the Frenchman's big screen adaptations in the latter half of the 20th century. Despite Donald Sinden's characterful and slightly obnoxious Englishman with conviction, the story lacks some clout, although the 'adventure' were subjected to almost makes up for this.