Veteran voice actor Paul Frees overdubbed virtually all of the adult male Indian actors, presumably for release in the United States. Frees' credits in animated films and television included Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and many of the Christmas productions from Rankin-Bass. See more »
When One-eye runs into the bus to hide from Maya, all the windows on the side are open, and he closes only the one closest to him. The next scene, shot from inside the bus, shows all the windows closed. See more »
"The King Brothers and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., express their sincere appreciation to the Government and to the People of India, whose co-operation made it possible to photograph this motion picture in its entirety on location in the jungles and in the remote villages of this stirring land." See more »
The best thing about Maya is the exotic location cinematography in India, the film really serves as a great advertisement for tourism to that land. The story here though is kind of weak and at times makes little sense.
Clint Walker is the lead though most of the film concentrates on his son Jay North and Sajid Khan who is trying to get a mother elephant named Maya and her white baby elephant to some pilgrimage location. Sajid Khan was accompanying his dad on that location, the what and why of the pilgrimage is a mystery, but the father dies and Sajid has to carry on.
In the meantime young North has arrived in India where his dad who is a famed animal trapper is suffering a crisis of confidence after a nasty bout with a cheetah. Walker has no time for the kid, he's got a pretty young mistress in the house in the person of Sonia Sahni. She looks as exotic as Jean Simmons did in Black Narcissus.
Jay quarrels with Walker and leaves to go back home and then for no discernible reason jumps the train and takes off into the jungle where he meets up with Sajid and the elephants. The boys have to be real careful as the white elephant unlike in our culture is considered a symbol of good luck. Everybody wants that elephant.
North and Khan have a nice Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn kind of relationship in Maya which carries the film along with the beautiful photography. What is hard to grasp is that North is identified as having grown up in Wyoming. Now granted Wyoming isn't India, but it's pretty woodsy out there with a lot of wild animals. You'd think a kid growing up there would display more sense than Jay does.
The film was a minor success and spawned a short lived television series which became a gay classic. Walker's character was eliminated in that one and the film was about Jay and Sajid searching for North's missing dad with the elephant Maya. When they aged those couple of years as teenagers the relationship was so different. Same kind of dialog and situations, but it came out as gay.
The film is not bad and the story is timeless and a good family film if you can get past some glaring plot weaknesses.
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