In the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Kirk Douglas' character Ned Land is seen as a "cocky master harpooner" [­¹]. However, over the course of the film he appears more childlike than cocky, at least to me. Did Disney remove the "edge" from this character to make him more likable/less intimidating?

[¹] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20,000_Leagues_Under_the_Sea_(1954_film)#Plot


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