While sailing with Princess Parisa to Baghdad to their wedding, Sinbad finds the Colossa Island and anchors his vessel to get supplies for the starving crew. Sinbad and his men help the magician Sokurah to escape from a Cyclops that attacks them, and Sokurah uses a magic lamp with a boy jinni to help them; however, their boat sinks and he loses the lamp. Sokurah offers a small fortune to Sinbad to return to Colossa, but he does not accept and heads to Baghdad. The citizens and the Caliph of Baghdad are celebrating the peace with Chandra, and they offer a feast to the Sultan of Chandra. Sakurah requests a ship and crew to return to Colossa but the Caliph refuses to jeopardize his countrymen. However, the treacherous magician shrinks the princess and when the desperate Sinbad seeks him out, he tells that he needs to return to Colossa to get the ingredient necessary for the magic potion. But Sinbad has only his friend Harufa to travel with him, and he decides to enlist a doubtful crew in...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"Dynamation" (a portmanteau of "dynamic animation") the name of the visual effects technique created by Ray Harryhausen, was introduced for this film. The name was coined by producer Charles H. Schneer, who decided that he and Ray needed a gimmick to sell this technique, and distinguish the model animation technique from cartoon animation (which was not taken seriously, even back in the day). Schneer got the inspiration from a car he owned, a Buick (which he rode along Sunset Boulevard to the studio each morning), with the name "DynaFlow" printed on the car's wheel, and was so impressed that he wanted a name similar to this, but dropped "flow" and added "mation" (from "animation"). This new brand was heavily promoted, especially in the film's original 1958 "This is Dynamation" theatrical trailer, and billed as "The New Miracle of the Screen" in the opening credits. The "Dynamation" process would also go by different names in some of Schneer & Harryhausen's later films: "SuperDynamation" for The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960) and Mysterious Island (1961), and as of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), "Dynarama". Ironically, the 1975 reissue of this film (re-released to capitalize on the success of "Golden Voyage") bills the process as "Dynarama", rather than "Dynamation". See more »
Bagdad (Baghdad) is not located on the ocean. It is an inland city on the Tigris River, approximately 400 miles from the Persian Gulf. See more »
To receive the original 'A' certificate in 1958 and then a 'U' certificate in 1962 the original UK cinema release was heavily cut by the BBFC who completely removed the skeleton fight, as well as making edits to the man roasting on a spit, the dancing snake woman, close-up shots of the Cyclops, and scenes of minor violence including fighting and shots of dead bodies. All later video releases were restored and uncut. See more »
When I was a kid, the experience of watching "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" started my admiration for the music of Bernard Herrmann, and confirmed my love for fantasy cinema (and stop-motion animation), in an unconscious way. Before this, I had seen "It Came from Beneath the Sea" (1955), a B&W movie in which an octopus created by Ray Harryhausen climbed the Golden Gate Bridge... But this time Harryhausen's creatures were in full color, the exotic story was inspired by tales from the "Arabian Nights", and the magic was enhanced by Herrmann's score. The film had princess Parisa reduced to less than four inches, cyclops running crazy, a dragon, a bird with two heads, an evil magician called Sokura, a boy genie, and the celebrated skeleton duel, but I was mainly impressed by Sokura's act of magic during the Sultan's ball, crossing a snake with Parisa's aide (actress Nana de Herrera, who looked weird even before the transformation.) The Harryhausen-Herrmann collaboration originated two more Sinbad movies, and other favorites, as "Mysterious Island", "Jason and the Argonauts" and "The 3 Worlds of Gulliver", but "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" is number one in my list of the collaborators' films. There is a moment in "Star Wars", which is a direct quotation of the movie: when Luke Skywalker and princess Leia cross above an abyss, as when Sinbad and Parisa escape from Sokura's lair.
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