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.

When I was growing up, a “Sinbad” movie meant that I was in for a visual treat. Ray Harryhausen, the master of stop-motion model animation, was involved in the creation of three Sinbad movies: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977). Harryhausen experimented with different films and continually improved his technique to produce the most vivid display of moving creatures ever seen on the big screen. In The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, his magic brings inanimate objects to life as our hero sets out on a noble quest. While he has courageous friends to help him, his adversary is an evil man who will stop at nothing to achieve his own goal. And crossing their paths along this journey is an array of mythical beasts with which they must contend. There’s plenty of swashbuckling and thrills on this grand adventure. While I love all of Ray Harryhausen’s Sinbads, I selected The Golden Voyage of Sinbad to review for a few reasons. It was the first Sinbad movie I got to see in the theater. I was eleven, and it left a very strong impression on me. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger was released only a few years later and did extremely well at the box office. However, the approach to that story has a bit more camp. By then, a little more camp was fine in my book. But the stronger storytelling in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is why I chose it to immortalize in a cartoon review. My hope is that you will become intrigued with how Ray Harryhausen works his magic in the others. And don’t stop there; there are lots of Sinbad movies that both predate and follow the Harryhausen flicks.

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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