Frame One  Title: The Golden Voyage of Sinbad Year Caption: 1973 Frame Two Caption: A Sinbad movie Scene: Sinbad with his hands on hips. Sinbad: Yo. Arrow: John Phillip Law Frame Three Caption: Filmed in Dynamation Scene: Ray Harryhausen tweaking a figure Arrow: Ray Harryhausen Frame Four  Caption: gives portent to… Scene: A girl’s right hand with an eye tattoo in its palm. Frame Six  Caption: spellbinding characters,  Scene: I man in a regal-looking gold mask. Sign: Douglas Wilmer Frame Seven  Caption: more crazy creatures, Scene: Angry-looking horned Cyclops. Frame Eight.  Caption: more spellbinding characters, Scene: Our sexy heroine. Sign: Caroline Munro Frame Nine  Caption: and, of course, a sinister villain. Scene: Sinister villain glares at girl in frame eight. Villain’s hands are in a reaching clutch pose.  Villain: Ooga-Booga! Sign: Tom Baker Rating Caption: It’s a fantasy-filled eight.

I was very young when I first watched Harvey. It made complete sense to me. Naturally, there was an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Naturally, only Elwood could see him. Kids understand that some things are still there even if other people can’t see them. Life is filled with things that go unseen unless you take the time to look at them. For me, the film was always about how confused the so-called grownups were about Harvey. They called into question Elwood’s sanity. Well, that made sense too. Adults were always calling other people’s sanity into question when their viewpoint didn’t match their own. I questioned the reliability of their character because they also said that Elwood was a drunk. But while he acted friendly and slightly clumsy, not once did I see Elwood take a drink. I’m thankful to the perspective that viewing Harvey as a child gave me. Viewing Harvey as an adult allowed me to understand the reasons the movie’s adults were confused. But I don’t think I would have noticed that Elwood never took a drink. I would have made the adult assumption that he was drunk because adults were saying he was a drunk. It wasn’t until much later that I realized the reason we don’t see Elwood drink is that the censorship of the time didn’t want to show him drinking. Yet, that little detail is one of many that makes the movie so charming. Like the inclusion of a specific prop—a bust on a table. When Harvey’s writer, Peggy Moran, married director Henry Koster, he promised her she would be in all of his films. In Harvey, as in other films, a statue of her is one of the props. I thought it would be fun to add that into the strip. It will probably be one of those jokes that nobody gets.

The last review: The Adventures of Robin Hood • The one before that: Fantastic Voyage • The one before that: The Great Escape
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