Walt Disney had his own 1954 monster movie for the masses. While Ants! earned itself a single Oscar nomination, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea actually took home a pair of Oscars for Art Direction and Special Effects, along with a nomination for Editing.
The monster in 20,000 Leagues was terrorizing sailors before the film's story even got underway. But when the government sends Professor Arronax on a mission to find out if the giant sea monster truly exists, the film becomes a journey into the abyss.
While the film ends up with only a brief encounter with the giant squid, it is one of the most memorable moments in the film. The main characters battle the giant squid and it becomes the cornerstone of the action in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
The squid is a creature that deserved more screen time. With David Fincher's recently announced remake, we may yet get to see more of this beast.