What Jim Carrey Could've Looked Like In THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET Remake

What Jim Carrey Could've Looked Like In THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET Remake

A little over a decade ago, Jim Carrey ("In Living Color") was sought after for the remake of the 1964 American live-action/animated film, The Incredible Mr. Limpet. Hit the jump to see what the funnyman with the rubber face could've looked like, as a fish.

1964's The Incredible Mr. Limpet featured Don Knotts ("Three's Company"), and co-starred: Carole Cook, Jack Weston, Andrew Duggan, and Larry Keating. The story took place in 1941 just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. It focused on a timid bookkeeper Henry Limpet (Don Knotts) who had a deep love for fish. One day Henry decides to enlist in the Navy like his buddy George (Jack Weston), but is rejected for being "too small and too weak to be a soldier." This crushes his spirits and he heads off to Coney Island. There, he falls into the water and with no reason given turns into a fish. From that point on the film features Henry as an animated fish. He basks in this new world, even meeting a female fish that catches his eye. Kinky! He also realizes that he has a unique ability to make a very loud noise and offers to use that talent to help the Navy find and sink U-boats.

I love the original. Don Knotts is just all sorts of wonderful. So, I was a little concerned a decade ago when I first heard that Jim Carrey was circling a remake. As time passed, nothing ever happened with that project. But now, you can see concept art of Jim Carrey as a fish. The images below were created by Bob Camp, who was one of the conceptual artists working on the project. And just last week, Patton Oswalt ("King of Queens") was on The Best Show on WFMU podcast and discussed the The Incredible Mr. Limpet remake, based on information he received from The Incredibles director, Brad Bird. Who was at one point sought after to direct the film.

They CG-animated a cartoony-looking fish that kinda looked like Jim Carrey. At that point, that's when you paid $25 million for Jim Carrey, period. That's what he costs. The studio realized, "So, he's live action for 10 minutes and then he's a cartoon and we just paid [$25 million]?" They did this rig – remember in Monty Python's Meaning of Life where they have the fish bodies? So, they basically did that. It's a fish with just Jim Carrey's human face. They were showing Brad Bird 'cause they were like, "If we're paying for Jim Carrey, we're having his face the whole time no matter what." All Brad Bird said when he described it to me… I go, "What'd it look like?" He said, "If you saw this in the water, you would get out of the water and run screaming and tell everyone the world was ending." It was the most horrifying thing he'd ever seen. They spent $10 million on the animation tests, and they never made the movie. - transcription by splitsider.com

Skip to the 1:20:01 mark to listen.

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dellamorte1872 - 12/8/2013, 6:04 PM
I remember this, if there was still interest regarding this project the technology is there now to do it justice
GuardianAngel - 12/8/2013, 6:04 PM
I'm gonna write an editorial on why I think my Phone's not working. That might make main.
dellamorte1872 - 12/8/2013, 6:05 PM
Perfect CARREY role though no one else could play LIMPET but him
JamesMan - 12/8/2013, 6:05 PM
MegatronLP9 - 12/8/2013, 6:10 PM
Weird Concept art Haha
NovaCorpsFan - 12/8/2013, 6:11 PM
Sorry nail, no offense meant.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/8/2013, 6:15 PM
So, what's the basic concept of the movie? It looks very Dr. Dolittle-ish. He just turns into a fish after falling in the ocean? I'd probably of loved that as a kid. Well, a younger kid.
SuperCat - 12/8/2013, 6:16 PM
PsychoManiacJacky - 12/8/2013, 6:19 PM
I didn't know this was actual CBM news. It's not like I out right commented something like "this is crap" so don't get offended, sorry dude. No cause or harm between this.
Niklander - 12/8/2013, 6:20 PM
And the concept of THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET is a man turns into a fish and he screams so loud that he helps US NAVY to bomb U-Boats!?That thing was gonna be s kids movie!?Sorry folks but this is
NovaCorpsFan - 12/8/2013, 6:21 PM
Won't happen again, dude.
tricklove187 - 12/8/2013, 6:21 PM
Mer-man dad!
NovaCorpsFan - 12/8/2013, 6:21 PM
So it was a propaganda film?
Jebediah - 12/8/2013, 6:22 PM
nightmare fuel
PsychoManiacJacky - 12/8/2013, 6:24 PM

TheSoulEater - 12/8/2013, 6:26 PM
That's horrifying
Greengo - 12/8/2013, 6:43 PM
Thanks for clearing that up...

I was really wondering.

: )
JoeMomma29 - 12/8/2013, 6:46 PM
I actually liked the original with Don Knots.......
Mrcool210 - 12/8/2013, 7:12 PM
Funny enough im gonna be reviewing this movie soon, guess whats going in for a joke? this picture
mctrinket - 12/8/2013, 7:54 PM
Jim Carrey hasn't been worth $25 million for a movie in a long, long time. If ever.
starblazed - 12/8/2013, 8:42 PM
Jim Carrey, apparently best known for ("In Living Colour") ...??? haha
FoxForce5 - 12/8/2013, 9:25 PM
Another bullet dodge!
m2prod - 12/8/2013, 9:37 PM
Be careful what you wish... 'cause wishes do come true...
Jollem - 12/8/2013, 10:40 PM
it's always funny to me when douche tries to justify being douche
Jollem - 12/8/2013, 10:43 PM
i saw this as a kid. my dad is a huge andy griffith show fan. grew up on it. needless to say, we saw anything with andy or don in it. i liked ghost and mr. chicken, too

a remake for this, tho? not needed

Dumb & Dumber To, ftw
Jollem - 12/8/2013, 11:04 PM
once bitten
earth girls are easy
ace ventura 1&2
the mask
dumb & dumber
batman forever
cable guy
man on the moon
me, myself & irene
in living color
eternal sunshine
the number 23
only his parts in burt wonderstone
kick-ass 2

yeah, i'm a fan

really want to see the truman show
MightyZeus - 12/9/2013, 1:23 AM
I think it's for the best that this never got made. I mean i love Jim Carrey but this movie could have been a disaster.
SCURVYDOG619 - 12/9/2013, 3:09 AM
Cripes,that looks more like Jerry Lewis' face than Jim Carrey.

Didn't Bob Camp also work on Ren and Stimpy?

rabid - 12/9/2013, 5:21 AM
Kill it with fire!
I don't remember the Don Knott's version having a face that would make babies cry.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/9/2013, 9:25 AM

What about Bruce Almighty?
Jollem - 12/9/2013, 10:53 PM
i haz not seen. wanted to

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