Thursday, September 10, 2009
The Harper Goff " Nautilus Two " that you won't see at the D23 Expo " Treasures of the Disney Archives " Exhibit
Only few people in the world have seen what i will show you today. Thanks to Rowland Scherman, the brother of Tom Scherman - whom i thanks a lot - you will discover the "Nautilus Two" designed a long time ago by Harper Goff, creator of the legendary 20000 Leagues under the sea Nautilus.
Tom, as we know, dedicated his life to Harper Goff's Nautilus and thanks to Tom we have the Discoveryland's Nautilus at Disneyland Paris. Harper and Tom were close friends, and when Harper told Tom about his "Nautilus Two" design, Tom Scherman could not wait to build a huge 3D model out of Harper Goff's plans and renderings. Tom did the model in the early 1990's and this is the one you will see today. Believe me, very few people have discovered this amazing new version of the Nautilus!
Now, when i say "Nautilus Two", i don't mean that Captain Nemo was supposed to own a second Nautilus. No, in the mind of Harper Goff, this Nautilus Two was designed at the time he designed it a long time ago, as a submarine which the look, although always "19th century", could fit better with modern and nuclear times.
The man looking at the Nautilus Two on this last shot is William Babington, huge Nautilus fan and who produced the 7 foot model Nautilus in the late 1990's.
The design of this Nautilus Two is incredible, and i think that someone should let Dick Cook know about it. Why? Well, as you know, a 20000 Leagues prequel is in production right now, and obviously they will need for the movie a new Nautilus design. The movie will tell how Nemo "became" Nemo, the man revolted by the "system", so we can expect a movie with more "muscles". And this Nautilus Two - which looks more "agressive" than the first one but also have a 19th century look - should be perfect for the new movie. Some people are probably working on a submarine design right now, but they don't need to, they already have another Harper Goff great Nautilus design which they've probably never heard about!
As for fans - like me - of the "first" and original Nautilus, the best news of the year will come from the D23 Expo where the EFX company will show its stunning 4 feet long limited edition model. But this we will talk again soon, probably even tomorrow in the first D23 Expo special report!
Pictures: copyright Tom scherman courtesy of Rowland Scherman
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