Sinbad battles a band of pirates at sea and on a tropical isle. A giant bird rescues him, and he ends up back on his ship with the pirates' treasure.

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Sinbad battles a band of pirates at sea and on a tropical isle. A giant bird rescues him, and he ends up back on his ship with the pirates' treasure. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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30 July 1935 (USA)  »

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A little too cute for my taste
2 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Sinbad the Sailor" is a cartoon from animation pioneer Ub Iwerks. During the mid-1930s, he made a series of 'ComiColor' productions--films with no continuing characters but which made use of a Cinecolor two-color process. They weren't exactly full-color, as the print was mostly done in blue-greens and orange-reds--like you'd see in Two-Color Technicolor. I liked some of these films (such as "Don Quixote") but was left rather cold by "Sinbad".

The film begins with a bunch of pirates (including, incidentally a gay pirate) cruising the seas looking for treasure. They spot Sinbad's ship and give chase--eventually conquering them and killing off the crew. However, Sinbad survives and manages to sneak off the pirate ship to watch them bury their treasure. Then, with the help of a giant bird and Sinbad's parrot, they manage to steal the treasure for themselves.

Despite some decent animation, this film suffers from two main problems--there is singing (yuck) and the characters are often too cute for their own good--with little humor. Missing is the edge that should have made this more entertaining. However, if you do watch, keep an eye out for the surprisingly topless native dancers and folks walking the plank--which, incidentally, is something pirates probably never actually did (they'd just toss folks overboard or kill the outright).


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