Research Publications
on the Disney Nautilus

By Theo Wilhelm
and Ty Bumgardner

The following is an index of major publications for researching the Disney Nautilus. Whether you are considering to scratch build the Disney Nautilus or just want to learn everything possible about this Disney submarine, these publications will provide many of the answers. The list is arranged chronologically beginning in 1954. We do not include foreign publications or comics.

Many are considered collectable and can sometimes be back ordered through the publisher, found on Ebay or at swap meets. Armed with information such as the magazine name, volume number and even a photo of the cover, you should be able to find the desired article more easily. Please note that several of these issues contain reprints of previous articles and are noted as such.

We have stored some articles Online and you may read it in this web browser. The Online articles are not always in their original format. If the article is still available, we have only included the text and you would still need to purchase the original magazine if interested in the photos and layout.

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XXYEARXX PUBLICATION XNUMBERX
SUBJECT
ONLINE
COVER
1954

FEB
LIFE Magazine February 22nd "How Disney Makes An Undersea Movie" Lavish spread on making of 20,00 Leagues Under The Sea by Walt Disney.
No
1954

AUG
LOOK Magazine August 10th Another picture intensive spread on the first release of 20,00 Leagues Under The Sea. Features the giant squid fight.
1955

JAN
LIFE Magazine January 10th "A Plush Parlor For Captain Nemo" Photo essay on the Salon interior of the Disney Nautilus. This photo was only seen in this publication. Very short article.
1974

OCT
Scale Modeler Vol. 9 No. 10 Very first publication of Disney Nautilus Blueprints, 10 page spread. Both Blueprints are 2 pages wide each. Article by Frank Johnson. Model by Tom Scherman.
1975

JAN
Sea Classics Vol. 8 No. 1 "Cinema Sea Classics" Article on Tom Scherman's cut-away Disney Nautilus. Two pages of Leagues publicity photos and 2 pages of Tom's cut-away model.
1975

JAN
Scale Modeler Vol. 10 No. 1 Due to many letters, Part 2 took off where OCT 74 left off. Detailed cut-away of Tom Scherman's Disney Nautilus model. Commentary by Harper Goff. Eight page spread.
1978

Winter
Scale Ship Modeler Vol. 1 No. 3 "Disney Nautilus" First of three reprints of the original OCT 74 Scale Modeler magazine article with the now famous Nautilus Blueprints. (exact same info as before)
1979

N/A
Starlog Volume 1 Features 98 pages describing how film makers achieved some of the more impressive science fiction SFX in movies including the Disney Nautilus.
No
1980

FEB
Starlog Volume 31 "Undersea with Harper Goff" by David Hutchison. Also color picture of Walt Disney holding original Goff design prototype.
No
1983

AUG
The Disney Channel N/A Interview with Kurt Douglas (kisses seal.) Aerial shot of squid fight. Color photo of Nemo in skiff rowing to the Disney Nautilus.
No
1983

N/A
Scale Ship Modeler Best Of Series "Disney Nautilus" The Best of Scale Ship Modeler series, features the second reprint of the original October 1974 Scale Modeler Nautilus Blueprint article.
1984

MAY
CineFantastique Vol. 14 No. 3 "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Retrospective from preproduction to promotion. The definitive work. By Joel Frazier and Harry Hawthorne.
1985

MAR
The Disney Channel N/A Two page article: Making of 20K Movie. Nice color photo of the forward Salon but (oops) it was published backwards! A connect-the-dots Disney Nautilus puzzle for the kiddies.
No
1987

DEC
Fine Scale Modeler Vol. 5 No. 6 "Work Bench Review" 1/350 Scale, Comet Miniatures Disney Nautilus Kit. Page 18.
No
1988

SUMMER
E Ticket Magazine Number 5 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea walk-through exhibit by Jack Janzen. Special thanks to Tom Scherman. Exhibit floor plan map.
No
1988

Scale Ship Modeler Volume 1 This is a "The Best Of" edition featuring the third reprint of the original October 1974 Scale Modeler Disney Nautilus Blueprint article.
1991

N/A
E Ticket Magazine Annual Recollections of the 20,000 Leagues Exhibit by Tom Scherman. Disneyland Anaheim's walk-through exhibit including pictures and attraction layout.
No
1992

MAR
Starlog Extravaganza "Fantastic Ships of the Galaxy." Includes an article on the Disney Nautilus. Note the nice cover inset of the Nautilus.
No
1992

DEC
Scale Ship Modeler Vol.15 No. 9 "Superdetailing RC Nautilus" Dan Kachur’s incredible Radio-Controlled Disney Nautilus replica.
No
1993

SPRING
The SubCommittee Report Issue 12 Contains handwritten letter from Harper Goff to Frank Johnson concerning concept ideas for the Disney Nautilus and movie. Goff memorium by Tom Scherman
1995

JULY-AUG
Scale Ship Modeler Vol. 0 No. 0 "Modeling Captain Nemo's "Nautilus" From Scratch.
No
1996

WINTER
FilmFax Issue 58 "The Women Of Horror" issue. Article on "Making of Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea."
No
1999

AUG-SEPT
Modeler's Resource Issue 29 "Fantasy Ships Of The Sea" References to Nautilus. Not available for backorder through the publisher.
No
2002

DEC-JAN
Modeler's Resource Issue 43 Article on the highly accurate and superbly detailed 66 inch Disney Nautilus by Scott Brodeen and Jim Key of Custom Replicas. Excellent color photos of the model.
No
2003

JUNE
CineFantastique Vol. 35 No. 3 A new retrospective on the film centering on the never released "Sunset Giant Squid Fight." In depth article totaling ten full pages. By Larry Brooks.
No
2003

JUNE
Starlog Issue 311 "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Restored On DVD." Interview with Richard Fleischer
No
2004

DEC
CineFantastique Vol. 36 No. 1 "Captains Treasures" The DisneyStore's release of 50th Anniversary collectable including the 22 1/4" replica of the Disney Nautilus.
2004

N/A
CultTVman's N/A "Ultimate Modeling Guide" to Classic Science Fiction Movies features 152 pages of advice including building the Disney Nautilus.
No
2005

JAN
Fine Scale Modeler Vol. 169 No. 1 "Finding (Captain) Nemo" Step-by-step how to build the Sci-Fi Matters’ impressive 31" multimedia kit of the Disney Nautilus.
2005

Cult Movies Issue 34
Issue 35
Issue 36
Issue 37
Four-part reprint of the 1984 CineFantastique article by Frazier & Hawthorne. Not recommended - poor quality pictures and it already exists elsewhere.
2005

CFQ SpotLight Issue 2 This issue is devoted to the 50 Greatest Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy DVDs. In-depth essays including one on 20,000 Leagues.
No




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