Around the World in 80 Days (1988 film)

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Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days 1988.jpg
Produced by Roz Phillips
Written by Leonard Lee, Jules Verne (original author)
Music by Simon Walker
Edited by Peter Jennings, Caroline Neave
Distributed by NuTech Digital
Release date
1988 (Australia)
Running time
48 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

Around the World in 80 Days is an Australian 48-minute direct-to-video animated film from Burbank Films Australia. It was originally released in 1988.[1] The film is based on Jules Verne's classic French novel, Around the World in 80 Days, first published in 1873, and was adapted by Leonard Lee. It was produced by Roz Phillips and featured original music by Simon Walker. The film imitated BRB Internacional's Spanish 1981 series, La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog, in its use of anthropomorphic animals in the human roles. The copyright in this film is now owned by Pulse Distribution and Entertainment[2] and administered by digital rights management firm NuTech Digital.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

The young French Passepartout arrives in London in 1872 to become Mr. Phileas Fogg's valet on the very same day his master makes a bet that changes both of their lives. Mr. Fogg assures the members at his club that it is now possible to travel the world in 80 days or less; they disagree and so he challenges himself to set off and prove them wrong. He bets a total of £200,000 that he will sail away, tour the world, and return to that very spot in eighty days or less. After accepting his wager, the club members bid him farewell and wish him luck on his long voyage across the world. Passepartout takes an immediate liking for his new determined master, but even so, the young valet isn't too enthusiastic about sailing away from London aboard a hot air balloon. One day before their departure, the Bank of England had been assaulted and robbed by a man who's physical appearance resembled that of Mr. Phileas Fogg. A detective named Fix investigates the crime and declares Phileas Fogg guilty of bank robbery, hiding behind the identity of a noble gentleman. Mr. Fogg and Passepartout fly on the balloon over France, Italy and the Swiss Alps. Sure that he will win his bet, Mr. Fogg has no second thoughts about spending whatever money he needs in order for his voyage to continue uninterrupted, even if it means the purchase of elephants. During a ride aboard an elephant from Bombay to Calcutta, Mr. Fogg and Passepartout come across a suttee procession, in which a young woman named Auoda is to be sacrificed by worshippers of Thuggee. They rescue the young girl and carry her away safely to live with a distant relative. More adventures and misadventures follow the two companions as they cross the Pacific Ocean and the United States of America, closely watched and followed by Fix (who later ran into a group of Native Americans who were coyotes) . Upon returning to London on the 79th day of travel, Phileas Fogg is arrested by the detective and accused of robbery, then he is placed inside a cell. Fogg is stuck in the cell until it appears to be too late for him to present himself at the club in time to win the wager. Mr. Fix then appears at the cell where Fogg is being kept and tells him that he has made a terrible mistake, and that the man truly responsible for the robbery had just been captured. Mr. Fogg punches Mr. Fix on the nose and the detective falls to the ground unconscious. Fogg returns to his residence with Passepartout, resigned to the fact he has lost his fortune. When they believe all is lost, a local newspaper informs them that they were mistaken about the date, and it is in fact one day earlier than they had thought because they crossed the International Date Line while circumnavigating the globe in an eastward direction. Fogg and Passepartout rush to the club where they present themselves just in time to win the wager. The club members cheer for Fogg's success and all admit that he had been right and had proven so. Mr. Fogg then assures his friends that a trip around the world can really be made in no more than sixty-six days, to the dismay of Passepartout who fears another adventurous trip around the world.

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  1. ^ "Release dates for Around the World in 80 Days". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  2. ^ US Copyright Office Document No V3285P205 1996-09-25
  3. ^ BTECH article on NuTech and Pulse distribution agreement.

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