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Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) Poster

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After the live action filming was done, it took animator Ray Harryhausen almost 1½ years to do the animation, all from his own home studio.
At $3.5 million - a drop in the bucket by today's movie budgets - this film was the costliest of the Ray Harryhausen Sinbad trilogy (and the second costliest Harryhausen film in general, behind his next and last film, Clash of the Titans (1981), which cost $15 million).
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An uncredited Peter Mayhew is the live suit actor stand-in for the stop-motion Minaton (the bronze mechanical minotaur), whose name is a portmanteau of "minotaur" and "automaton". Before filming, Mayhew was working as a hospital attendant at King's College Hospital in London. Producer Charles H. Schneer saw Mayhew's photo, in which he was literally standing above the crowd around him. Filmed in 1975, this was Mayhew's very first role, right before playing his more famous role of Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), filmed in 1976. Both films were released in 1977 (but ironically, "Star Wars" was released three months ahead of "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger").
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John Phillip Law was originally set to reprise the role of Sinbad, which he had played in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973). Patrick Wayne wound up playing Sinbad instead.
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When approaching the castle of Milanthius, the obvious stand-in for Jane Seymour wears a green dress, while Seymour herself wears blue.
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Animator Ray Harryhausen was forced to create a baboon creature, as an actual animal would have been difficult, if not impossible, to train
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This is the second Sinbad film to have an actor who's played Doctor Who. But while Patrick Troughton was the Doctor before his appearance in this film, Tom Baker appeared in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) right before becoming the Doctor. Troughton also appeared in another Harryhausen film prior to this one, as Phineas the blind man in Jason and the Argonauts (1963).
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An actor in make-up originally was to play the Troglodyte but animator Ray Harryhausen said they were striving for "that fantasy effect that [King Kong (1933)] had, that wonderful never-neverland of fantasy". So he created the creature himself.
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In The Big Trail, released in 1930, Patrick Wayne's father, John, starred with Taryn Power's grandfather...the second Tyrone Power. Taryn's father was actually the third Tyrone Power.
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The Troglodyte was originally going to be the "Guardian of Good" in the previous film, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), but was ultimately replaced by a Griffin.
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According to Ray Harryhausen's memoirs, British singer/actor Paul Jones was among the various British and American actors short-listed for Sinbad.
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Laurence Naismith was first choice for the role of Melanthius but was unavailable due to other commitments.
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When approaching the castle of Milanthius, Jane Seymour's dress switches from green to blue depending on the shot. Greenscreen shots would have required the blue dress or it would have been composited out.
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