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20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) Poster

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One of the reasons the film takes place in Italy is that Ray Harryhausen always wanted to vacation there but could never afford to go on his own.
Since he planned to use a real elephant for some of the footage in the zoo, Ray Harryhausen asked for one that was 15 feet tall, but the film was only able to procure an eight-foot-tall one for him. In order to make the elephant look much bigger, a 4'6" actor was cast to play the zookeeper.
Though the creature is referred to as the Ymir in reviews and websites, the name is never mentioned in the movie. Ray Harryhausen was concerned that audiences would mistake it for the Arabic title "Emir".
The Ymir roars in the film are variations of elephant roars sped up and modulated in pitches at different rates.
Distance from Earth to Venus- The closest approach of about 39.5 million kilometers (23.6 million miles)
Ray Harryhausen's original design for the monster was a giant cyclops, similar to the one he later used in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). He discarded the idea after making a clay model of it, and eventually settled on the reptilian Ymir.
The Ymir does not eat meat, he tore open a bag of sulfur which is used as a fertilizer and is associated with volcanic geography when first attacked by the dog.

Cameo 

Ray Harryhausen:  a man feeding peanuts to the elephant that later battles the Ymir. He did so because the actor scheduled to play the part didn't show up. He later appears in a crowd fleeing the zoo.

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