The L.A. Times brings word that Warner Bros. is courting Zach Galifianakis for the lead role in a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, a 1964 film that featured a mix of live action and animation.
The original film starred Don Knotts as Henry Limpet, a bookish shy guy rejected from the Navy. When he falls into the water near Coney Island, everyone assumes he’s dead – but he’s actually turned into an animated fish that helps provide intel to the Navy and helps the Allies win the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. Galifianakis is being considered by producers to put his own spin on the subject matter, infusing the character with his “hipster” sensibilities and letting the advancements in technology do the rest.
I have hazy memories of seeing this movie as a kid, but don’t remember it well enough to decisively comment about whether Galifianakis’ trademark weirdness would be a good fit with this character. Apparently, Johnny Depp, Robin Williams, and Jim Carrey were all separately attached to this project at various points over the years, and while Carrey’s take might be funnier in the classical sense, I think Galifianakis will give us something truly original for this type of family film.
Objectively, I say this remake is a fine idea – it’s old enough that most kids (or younger audiences in general) have never heard of it, and, aside from the World War II setting, seems like an interesting topic to merge live action and animation in the style of something like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or the long-forgotten Cool World.
Warner Bros. has already hired Enchanted director Kevin Lima to helm the project, so it’s clear that Lima can find the right balance between animation and live action for a comedy project like this. I look forward to seeing how this plays out.