(1964)3Craig ButlerGenerally dismissed upon its initial release, The Incredible Mr. Limpet has grown in stature over the years, in large part due to the fondness its original target audience felt for it as they grew older. It's no classic -- not even of the "cult" variety, for its childlike qualities work against it -- but it's immensely enjoyable, especially for those who are willing to accept many of its technical limitations as par for the course in 1964. Chief among those limitations is a mixture of live action and animation that is often far from seamless. On its own terms, the animation is not top drawer, but it's more than adequate, and the vivid palette employed is striking. (That same palette also invades the live action segments, making the transition to animation somewhat less jarring.) The script has an interesting plot, even if it tries to cover a bit too much ground, and the character of George is actually pretty complex for this kind of venture. While some may feel cheated that there is no explanation for Limpet's transformation, and others may feel disturbed by the fact that he never changes back into a human, both of these elements contribute to the film's uniqueness. Don Knotts turns in one of his best film performances, although his jittery mannerisms are an acquired taste. Jack Weston makes George both appealing and a bit offputting, and Carole Cook has some touching moments when she learns of her husband's predicament. Limpet drags a little in a few places, but overall it's sweet, amusing and pleasantly odd.